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Fuji XF 16-80 - Not worth the money?


jamesgoto 1 3
20 Nov 2020 9:52AM
I'm looking to make the switch over to fuji (either the X-S10 or X-T4) from m43, and the idea of the 16-80 f/4 lens has intrigued me. It matches my current 12-60 standard zoom on my m43 camera, I like the constant f/4 max aperture, and it's at a good price when part of a kit.

However, the reviews and forums seem to have raised three big issues that could be deal breakers for me:

1. Soft corners. I'd be looking to take this out on hikes to get landscape shots. Some reviewers are saying the corners really don't get anything beyond "fair" sharpness, which isn't ideal. Can anyone confirm/contradict this point?

2. Shutter shock at low shutter speeds. Again, as a landscape photographer I sometimes shoot at quite slow shutter speeds, so if it's not able to provide sharp images then that's a real deal breaker. Has anyone experienced this?

3. Focus wobble while zooming in video. This one is less critical to me at the moment, but I am planning to get more into video so I'd like my next kit lens to be capable in that regard. Has anyone noticed this?

Finally, it seems this lens has gone through quite a number of firmware updates already, have they managed to fix any of these issues?
Techno Plus
13 6.2k 8 England
20 Nov 2020 1:01PM

Quote:1. Soft corners. I'd be looking to take this out on hikes to get landscape shots. Some reviewers are saying the corners really don't get anything beyond "fair" sharpness, which isn't ideal. Can anyone confirm/contradict this point?


Purchased mine in August, firmware v1.05, replacing the Wonderful Kit Lens 18-55mm f2.8-4 I needed that extra reach, I am not disappointed whatsoever, I read those reviews too......Sad


Quote: 2. Shutter shock at low shutter speeds. Again, as a landscape photographer I sometimes shoot at quite slow shutter speeds, so if it's not able to provide sharp images then that's a real deal breaker. Has anyone experienced this?


Shutter shock on a mirrorless?


Quote:3. Focus wobble while zooming in video. This one is less critical to me at the moment, but I am planning to get more into video so I'd like my next kit lens to be capable in that regard. Has anyone noticed this?


Not really into video, so unqualified to comment......

I have complete trust in all my Fuji Kit and Fujifilm without reservation, and what other manufacturer offers firmware updates on 2yr+ cameras and lenses, just recently added an XT3 to my collection based on this knowledge...
saltireblue Plus
11 12.6k 79 Norway
20 Nov 2020 1:24PM
I moved from the 18-55 to this lens for the extra reach - I was used to 24-105 on a Canon FF.
(I shoot with an X-T3)

The lens is not stunningly sharp in the corners at f/4, but shut down to 5.6 or 8 and I don't think you'll have any problems - I don't, but it has to be said I don't shoot 'conventional' landscapes and m style of photograph is not reliant on knife-sharp images.

Never heard of shutter shock being a problem , although on googling it, it seems to have been a situation that has been resolved by a firmware update. As for video, I cannot comment as never use it...
sausage Plus
17 704 United Kingdom
20 Nov 2020 3:58PM

Quote:I'm looking to make the switch over to fuji (either the X-S10 or X-T4) from m43, and the idea of the 16-80 f/4 lens has intrigued me. It matches my current 12-60 standard zoom on my m43 camera, I like the constant f/4 max aperture, and it's at a good price when part of a kit.

However, the reviews and forums seem to have raised three big issues that could be deal breakers for me:

1. Soft corners. I'd be looking to take this out on hikes to get landscape shots. Some reviewers are saying the corners really don't get anything beyond "fair" sharpness, which isn't ideal. Can anyone confirm/contradict this point?

2. Shutter shock at low shutter speeds. Again, as a landscape photographer I sometimes shoot at quite slow shutter speeds, so if it's not able to provide sharp images then that's a real deal breaker. Has anyone experienced this?

3. Focus wobble while zooming in video. This one is less critical to me at the moment, but I am planning to get more into video so I'd like my next kit lens to be capable in that regard. Has anyone noticed this?

Finally, it seems this lens has gone through quite a number of firmware updates already, have they managed to fix any of these issues?



I have not got that lens but all lenses will have some problem whilst zooming in video. The lens needs to be parfocal that is to say it retains focus throughout the zoom, still lenses don't do that.
Snapper 17 4.5k 3 United States Outlying Islands
20 Nov 2020 4:05PM

Quote:I'm looking to make the switch over to fuji (either the X-S10 or X-T4) from m43, and the idea of the 16-80 f/4 lens has intrigued me. It matches my current 12-60 standard zoom on my m43 camera, I like the constant f/4 max aperture, and it's at a good price when part of a kit.

However, the reviews and forums seem to have raised three big issues that could be deal breakers for me:

1. Soft corners. I'd be looking to take this out on hikes to get landscape shots. Some reviewers are saying the corners really don't get anything beyond "fair" sharpness, which isn't ideal. Can anyone confirm/contradict this point?



Was this from the review on here? It mentions the edge sharpness "problem", but also says that it seems better on 3D subjects rather than flat charts, and gives it 4.5/5 for performance. Possibly copy specific?
themak 8 1.0k Scotland
21 Nov 2020 5:16PM
I swapped my 18-55 to this and I use it a lot more on hill walks than I used that lens, despite it being slightly less sharp overall. I think the much better bokeh gives more pleasing images and the extra range is often useful. Corner sharpness, or lack of, in real life is a non-issue.
Haven't experienced shutter-shock, but I seldom do long exposures. Don't do video either.
As part of a kit, it's the much better option, I'd say.
None of the firmware updates are for major glitches.
22 Nov 2020 2:50PM
Swapped the 18-55 for the 16-80 a few months ago and been very happy with it since. The extra on the telephoto end and slightly wide means it is often the only landscape lens I need (less changing in the field). Normally on landscapes I tend to be stopped down anyway so not noticed any softness on images. As for shutter shock not noticed anything like that and often shoot long exposures on the xt3. Sorry cant speak about zoom issues on video. For me changing over to the Fuji was about how tactical the camera felt in your hands, just a fun camera to play with
Cheers
Jason
curlyfilm 17 140
3 Jan 2022 9:00PM
I have had the 16-80 since it came out, never found any problems, its great as a walk around lense, and even with low shutter speeds. I normally use the 16mm 1.4 or the 23mm 1.4. And dont see a great difference. But then i never liked the 35mm 1.4.
chataignier Plus
9 217 12 France
7 Jan 2022 9:34AM
I have had this lens for around 9 months and love it. Corner sharpness wide open is said to be less than ideal, but who shoots landscapes at f4 ? I changed to this lens as a walkabout to go with the new 70-300, these two together mean I rarely need a third lens. For more specialised jobs such as portraits or interiors or macro I've kept a few of my Canon lenses such as the 100mm f2.8 macro and the 50mm f1.8 used with a Viltrox adaptor, but i dont carry these around day to day.
Oh, and I've just heard that my Fuji 100-400mm has been sold. A superb lens, I loved it, but sooo heavy that I rarely took it with me and could not justify the investment for something that was seldom used. Selling it has balanced the books after the purchase of the lightweight 70-300mm.

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