If you asked photojournalists what was the lens they’d weld to their camera, there is a good chance that it would be the 24-70 f/2.8. And this is exactly the segment that Fuji is targeting with their announcement of their XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Weather-Resistant lens (preorder).
The lens features an X-Mount which is compatible with Fuji’s line of mirrorless camera and will probably provide a good argument to everyone who are saying that the mirrorless system is still lacking critical glass.
As for features, you can see the full list after the jump, but the main ones are 16-55mm focal length 2.8 all the way (equivalent to 24-82.5mm on a full frame sensor); a 14-point Weather-Resistant Construction; Optical Image Stabilization and Nano-GI and HT-EBC Lens Coatings.
In the press release from Fuji they claim that the “XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR also uses the newly-developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology to effectively inhibit ghosting and flare, producing clear images from edge-to-edge“, I would love to see some sample photos.
Aimed at journalists (and possibly wedding photographers) the lens also boasts a “0.06 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation“, again, I would love to hear someone with firsthand experience.
The lens is currently available for pre order at B&H for $1,200 and is planned to ship in February.
Full spec list
- X-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 24-82.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
- Three ED and Three Aspherical Elements
- Nano-GI and HT-EBC Lens Coatings
- Optical Image Stabilization
- Twin Linear Autofocus Motor
- Internal Focusing & Zoom Systems
- 14-Seal Weather-Resistant Construction
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm