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Fujinon XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 with Internal Zoom (Will Not Extend when Zooming)

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So, we shared the images and the main specs of the next XF lens that Fujifilm will launch, the Fujinon XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 R LM WR.

Before we shared the images, many were speculating that due to the slower aperture at the long end (f/4.8 instead of f/4 on the XF18-55), the lens would be significantly smaller than its predecessor.

Now, it is difficult to judge the real size based on the leaked images, but the impression is that, overall, there is not really a significant size difference in terms of overall length of the lens.

But here is a catch.

The Fujinon XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 will have internal zooming, hence it will not protrude at all when zooming.

I guess some of the advantages are potentially better weather sealing, a better balanced lens for example when working on a gimbal and no zoom creep, where the lens extends when pointed downwards.

If you know other advantages (or disadvantages) of internal zoom mechanism, feel free to let us know in the comments.

Now, usually “internal zoom” is associated with more premium lenses, because they are technically more complex to make and hence also cost more.

But it’s nice to see Fujifilm bring this more “premium” experience also to future owners of this new standard kit lens.

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