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

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

At 16mm, sharpness is excellent from f/4 through to f/11, very good at f/16 and good at f/22. The edges are not in the same league and offer only fair sharpness throughout the range.

At 23mm, the centre follows the same pattern - sharpness is excellent from f/4 to f/11. very good at f/16 and good at f/22. The edges show some improvement but still only fall in the category of fair sharpness.

At 35mm the centre is again excellent from f/4 to f/11, very good at f/16 and good at f/22. The edges now click in with sharpness being very good from f/4 to f/8, good at f/11 and just fair at f/16 and f/22.

At 80mm, the centre is very good from f/4 to f/16 but just fair at f/22. The edges have fallen off again and are fairly sharp throughout the range.

However, although there is no denying the figures measured, at more usual focus distances with 3D subjects the results are somewhat better, and as the lens is used for such material rather than flat test charts it is a sensible decision to make it so.

 

Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR MTF Charts

How to read our MTF charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges.

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution and sharpness as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Fujifilm X-T3 using Imatest. Want to know more about how we review lenses?

 

CA (Chromatic Aberration) is very well controlled throughout and even the harshest conditions do not reveal any colour fringing. This may be an excellent lens design, or there may be software corrections happening in the camera that cannot be switched off. In any event, the end result is very clean images.
 

Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Chromatic Aberration Charts

How to read our CA charts

Chromatic aberration (CA) is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimize the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Fujifilm X-T3 using Imatest.

 

Distortion measures +0.23% pincushion at 16mm, +0.72% pincushion at 23mm, +0.21% pincushion at 35mm and -0.02% barrel at 80mm. These are excellent results, but having a lens with pincushion distortion at its widest lengths is a little odd and the opposite of what our eyes would normally expect. Fortunately, the figures are low, so it is not intrusive in the images. This is a very similar pattern of behaviour to the recently tested 8-16mm.

Bokeh is very pleasant, and the 80mm focal length does enable us to achieve some nice effects for enhancing portraiture in particular.

Flare resistance has always been good with Fujifilm lenses, and this is no exception. In fact, the results are extraordinary, especially considering the large number of elements. Flare is almost totally under control, with clean results against even the strongest light. It is possible to induce some faint artefacts but we really have to work hard at finding the correct position of a bright light source to achieve anything visible.

Vignetting is surprisingly modest, returning some remarkably low figures across the focal length range.

Aperture 16mm 23mm 35mm 80mm
f/4 -1.1 -0.6 -1.1 -1.2
f/5.6 -1.1 -0.5 -1.1 -1.1
f/8 -0.9 -0.4 -1 -1
f/11 -0.9 -0.3 -1 -1
f/16 -0.9 -0.3 -0.9 -1
f/22 -0.9 -0.3 -0.9 -1


There are some very impressive results in there, the one caveat being the edge performance on closer, flat subjects. It would seem that is the one area of the lens design that has been allowed to drift, but of course, the saving grace is that with normal 3D subjects this is not really noticed, especially as the centre of the lens is razor sharp.


Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Sample Photos

 

Fujifilm XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR Aperture range

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Comments


saltireblue Plus
10 10.6k 61 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.

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josa 8 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
24 Jan 2020 8:06AM
Surprises that nowadays a big producer makes a lens with extremely soft corners. Inusable for landscape prhotography :-(
themak 6 1.0k 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 9 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

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