Fujinon XF 16-80mmF4 Compared to XF14mmF2.8, XF35mmF1.4, XF56mmF1.2 and XF90mmF2

Fujifilm Top Manager Toshihisa Iida said at the recent Fujifilm X Summit, that pre-orders for the Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 are very high, and the factory is working full power to try to match the demand as quickly as possible.

The result: the Fujinon XF16-80mm F4 is still mostly marked as back-ordered.

So, while Fujifilm is trying to figure out how to ship gear they announced back in July, here on FujiRumors we try to kill the waiting time with some dedicated XF16-80 roundups.

Let’s start:

  • BHphoto Explora – Table 87 Pizza, Jets, and Waves with the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4
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Fuji Guy Billy & Jonas Rask FujiLove Podcast: About Global Shutter GFX Revolution, Dropping Full Frame, XF 16-80mm and More

The fifth episode of the Fujilove podcast with Fuji Guy Billy and Jonas Rask just went online. For your convenience, here are the previous 4 episodes:

  • episode 1 – XF33mm development challenges and X-H1 market misunderstanding
  • episode 2 – autofocus motors of lenses compared and no more Kaizen love for Fujifilm X-T20
  • episode 3 – digital image stabilization via firmware update and GFX100 talk
  • episode 4 – APS-C crop factor cheating and fast GF lenses potentially coming

It’s a 1 hour podcast, and in case you are in a hurry and don’t have time yet, I cover the whole podcast below. You can listed to it all at sticher and Fujilove.

FUJILOVE PODCAST

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Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4: Pros and Cons, First Looks and Thougths

Let’s try to kill the endless waiting time with a little Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 roundup.

Rico’s Coverage

Rico’s full XF16-80 coverage is online, and it has been tested also on the brand new Fujifilm X-A7.

Rico’s Conclusions (from Part 8 of his coverage)

Pros

  • Ideal focal length range for an “always on” and travel zoom lens
  • Excellent image quality over the entire focal length range
  • Low minimum focus distance (MFD)
  • Appealing Bokeh (my subjective opinion)
  • Solid build and weather-resistant
  • Constant aperture and marked aperture ring
  • Fast and silent autofocus
  • 6-stop-OIS with automatic tripod and panning detection
  • No hotspots with infrared photography (R72, X-T3)

Cons

  • Slightly larger and heavier than the XF18-55mm kit zoom: ideal for cameras like the X-T3 and X-H1, but maybe a little too bulky for the X-T30, X-T100 or X-A7
  • The pronounced digital barrel distortion correction at 16mm results in a minor but visible sharpness reduction at the edges and in the corners

Additional XF16-80mm f/4 coverage

  • bjornmoerman – Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f4 REVIEW – Comparison with XF18-135
  • ivanjoshualoh – XF16-80mm
  • billfortney – The New Mid-Range King
  • myfujifilm – Thoughts on the Fujinon 16-80mm f/4 by Anton Bosman
  • fujifilm-x – A Quick Look at XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR by Huseyin Aldirmaz

The lens itself will ship soon:

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Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 to be Sold as Fujifilm X-T3 Kit Lens towards End of 2019

When the Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 was launched back in July, I wondered why Fujifilm didn’t give us the option to buy it bundled with any Fuji X series camera.

Some FR-readers said it’s because the lens is not yet available, but IMHO, this does not make sense, since Fujifilm could simply take pre-orders on a camera/lens bundle, just as they take pre-orders on the lens only.

So I hit up a couple of sources, and I got the following answer.

The Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 will be initially sold only separately (it will ship September), but towards the end of the year, Fujifilm will offer it as a bundle with the Fujifilm X-T3.

So, if you plan to purchase both, the Fujifilm X-T3 and the XF16-80mm f/4, then I strongly recommend you not to purchase both items separately in September, but wait a few weeks until the bundle X-T3/16-80 bundle is out, since you might save a few bucks.

The sources specifically mentioned the bundle with Fujifilm X-T3 and did not mention other cameras. Which does not mean other bundles can’t be included.

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