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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 R LM WR

18 April 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid casing, made of metal and completely sealed,
  • excellent image quality in the frame centre,
  • good image quality on the edge of the frame,
  • chromatic aberration never reaching a high level,
  • no problems connected to spherical aberration
  • moderate coma,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • very good performance against bright light,
  • silent, quick and accurate autofocus,
  • rich accessory kit.

Cons:

  • high distortion level on RAW files,
  • distinct vignetting on both ends of the focal range.

F/2.8 lenses, designed to cooperate with APS-C sensors, which focal lengths start at 16-17 mm and end at 50-55 mm, are nothing less than flagship products in practically every system. In their cases producers strive for the best so there are no weaklings among them; their quality level is very even and relatively high.

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Keeping that in mind, our overall assessment of the Fujinon 16-55 mm is really favourable; after all we compared it to very good rivals and it still prevailed in many categories.

If we had any reservations they would concern, like in the case of many other Fujinon devices, the price. To be honest you can also criticize the Nikkor which comes with equally absurd price tag. Even Canon used their head and, although they tried to sell their product for about 5000 PLN for some time, now it can be bought for less than 3000 PLN. Mind you in that case you still get optical stabilization which the Fujinon lacks. Still those were the independent producers which truly knocked out the rest when it comes to the prices. If Sigma and Tamron are able to sell their stabilized 17–50 mm f/2.8 instruments for about 1500-1600 PLN and they somehow earn decently well, the 4500 PLN price tag of the Fujinon seems to be seriously out of touch with reality…