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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Review

John Riley reviews the versatile 16-80mm zoom lens for Fujifilm X-Mount cameras. With optical image stabilisation and weather resistance, could this be the only lens you need?

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Review: Fujinon 16 80mm F4 Front Oblique View

Fujifilm's latest standard zoom lens fills the niche of an upgrade from the ubiquitous 18-55mm optics that are widely offered for the APS-C format. Going both wider and longer, with a constant maximum aperture of f/4, the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR offers a focal length range equivalent to 24-122mm in 35mm equivalent terms. This is a very useful general-purpose range that could for many cover most if not all of their shooting requirements. Let's team it up with the 26MP Fujifilm X-T3 body and see what it can do.


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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Handling and Features

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Review: Fujinon 16 80mm F4 On Fujifil X T3 With Hood

All Fujifilm lenses feel reassuringly solid and well made and we expect controls to be smooth and for the finish to be of a very high standard. This lens is no exception and looks very much the part when coupled with the X-T3. The slick, smooth black finish blends perfectly with the classy black of the camera body.

The lens weighs in at a reasonable 440g, nothing too onerous to carry around for extended periods. The provided petal lens hood fits cleanly and smoothly into the provided bayonet mount, showing no tendency to loosen in use. Within this bayonet is a standard 72mm filter thread.

The first control is the manual focus ring, which is electronic in operation and with quite a light action. Focusing is down to 35cm, for a maximum magnification of 0.25x, or 1:4. This increases the versatility of the lens immensely as although it is not as close as a proper macro lens, it is more than close enough to stretch the value of the optic for a variety of close-up applications.

Behind this, the zoom ring is much firmer as it does physically move the lens in and out. Again though, the action is smooth. There are clear focal length engravings at 16mm, 23mm, 35mm, 50mm and 80mm.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Review: Fujinon 16 80mm F4 On Fujifilm X T3 Vertical View At 80mm

Closest to the camera body is the aperture ring, which can be used set on “A”, in which case the aperture is selected on the camera, or there is a full range of apertures at 1/3 stop intervals. Such is the nature of Fujifilm cameras that the aperture ring on the lens can be rather easier to use than the over-sensitive dial on the camera body that can be so easily pressed instead of turned. Previously I have described Fujifilm lens aperture rings as “over-engineered” and this is toned down a little on this lens. This is neither a good nor a bad thing, just an observation. However, the subtle click stops this time is perhaps just a little too subtle, with the click stops being not quite so positive. It is not a major point in any event.

Finally, the solid and well-made metal mount mates cleanly and firmly to the camera body. The usefulness of the lens is further enhanced by the WR sealing, enabling shooting in “light rain or dusty conditions” right down to a temperature of around -10C. This is definitely not to be underestimated and has rapidly become the norm.

Optical construction is 16 elements in 12 groups, including 3 Aspherical and 1 ED (Extra-Low Dispersion). The diaphragm comprises 9 rounded blades for improved bokeh. Fujifilm's Super EBC coating technology is well established and effective at suppressing flare.

This is one of those incredibly useful lenses in that the focal length range is wide enough to be useful in many situations and the weather sealing enables us to just keep shooting regardless (mainly) of the weather. The constant aperture values throughout the range are also useful, avoiding a large reduction of open aperture values at longer focal lengths with the resultant potential camera shake issues. The lens does boast 6-stop OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation), although on test 4 stops was found to be more realistic. To be fair this will depend on focal length, the distance of the subject, ambient air movement and of course the steadiness of the photographer. What can be said is that the OIS system is extremely valuable and will make a reliable difference of at least 4 stops and maybe more.

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Review: Fujinon 16 80mm F4 Rear Oblique View

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saltireblue Avatar
saltireblue Plus
13 14.5k 89 Norway
22 Jan 2020 4:58PM
Bought this lens in October to replace the 18-55mm I had. I missed the extra reach having been used to Canon's 24-105mm which was my default lens when I shot full-frame. This 16-80 has hardly been off my Fuji X-T3 since being purchased.
I find, as John does in his testing, that it can be a little soft at the edges, but that is, for me and my style of photography, a minor negative which is more than made up for by the all-round usability of the lens.
josa Avatar
josa 11 25 Czech Republic
22 Jan 2020 7:28PM
i thought this lens could be the reason to switch to Fuji, but no way! Still very good performance, except corners...Sad
tungal Avatar
tungal 3
24 Jan 2020 8:06AM
Surprises that nowadays a big producer makes a lens with extremely soft corners. Inusable for landscape prhotography :-(
themak Avatar
themak 10 1.1k Scotland
27 Jan 2020 8:55AM

Quote:Surprises that nowadays a big producer makes a lens with extremely soft corners.

Suddenly it's extremely soft? Not true. If you're a perfectionist, use primes or the 16-55 and 50-140mm. This is a mid-range do-it-all lens and it is superb at that.
lonewolf1 Avatar
lonewolf1 12 19 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2020 7:02AM
Permanently welded to my X-T30, well except when it's raining, then it gets a go on the T3, great lens, perhaps just a little pricey but having 6 stops of OIS on both my Fuji's convinced me I don't need the X-T4 Grin
Don's hard hat awaiting the co-operative OIS zealots Wink
fusion2011 Avatar
fusion2011 12 11 United Kingdom
1 Nov 2021 6:13PM
Pretty much my go-to lens for my XT3.

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