Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16mm F2.8 R WR review

May 17, 2019

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Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR



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Fujifilm's smaller, lighter and more affordable alternative to the XF16mm F1.4 R WR has arrived. Michael Topham offers his verdict

Fujinon XF16mm F2.8 R WR review: Verdict

The XF16mm F2.8 R WR joins the ever-expanding stable of X-mount lenses. Its metal exterior and excellent build quality matches Fujifilm’s other small f/2 primes and though the XF16mm F1.4 R WR is better in terms of sharpness and the super-shallow depth of field it creates wide open, this lens does present a few advantages of its own.

The XF16mm F2.8 R WR is a great walkabout lens on small mirrorless cameras like the X-T3

Those who’d like to keep their setup as light and compact as possible when travelling or heading out with a camera and single lens will love its petite size. Then there’s the cost, which at £349 represents good value and offers an attractive £480 saving over the XF16mm F1.4 R WR. Add this lens and the excellent XF50mm F2 R WR to your shopping basket and you’ll find you’ll spend less than if you were to buy the XF16mm F1.4 R WR on its own.

The XF16mm F1.4 R WR (left) and the new XF16mm F2.8 R WR (right)

If you’re an X-series user, like the field of view a fixed 24mm lens provides and fancy an example that’s reasonably priced, this optic makes a very tempting choice and comes highly recommended.

  • Price: £349
  • Filter diameter: 49mm
  • Lens elements: 10
  • Lens groups: 8
  • Aperture blades: 9
  • Aperture: f/2.8-f/22
  • Minimum focus distance: 17cm
  • Dimensions: 60x45.4mm
  • Weight: 155g
  • Lens mount: Fujifilm X-mount
  • Included accessories: Lens caps, lens hood, wrapping cloth

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