(news & commentary)
Fujifilm today announced the expected 16-55mm f/2.8 lens for the X mount. This fast mid-range zoom (approximately 24-85mm equivalent) slots nicely alongside the previously released 50-140mm f/2.8, giving the Fujifilm X series cameras two pro-caliber lenses to cover the 24-200mm focal range with that f/2.8 aperture.
Oddly, the new lens does not have OIS, Fujifilm’s image stabilization system, which some will find a slight drawback to a US$1200 lens. The front element is 77mm, and the lens isn’t exactly light, coming in at nearly two pounds (655g). Still, this is a pro-level lens with aperture ring, nano coating, multiple special elements to reduce or correct aberrations, and a very close focus distance of 12” in macro mode.
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