The New Mid-Range King!

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This is the one we have been waiting for!

Jack Graham was visiting me last week and Fujifilm, knowing that, was kind enough to send me the new “Production” 16-80 f 4.  I was told only three were in the U.S. and I was honored to get my hands on one and test it for myself and all of you!  Both Jack and I are excited to have this an option for that critical mid-range zoom slot in our bags.  I will cut to the chase and tell you now it will replace the 18-135 as my standard middle zoom.  In fact for my upcoming trip to the UP of Michicgn and Acadia N.P, it and the 10-24, and 100-400 will be my three zoom package.  Added to that will be the 80mm  Macro, the four Fujicrons, 23 f 2, 35 f 2. 50 f 2 and the new 16mm f 2.8. a TC-14 teleconverter for use with the 100-400 and 80 Macro will complete my rolling Think Tank Airport Advantage bag for those trips and the two Smokies events in November.


The new lens is shorter than the 18-135, a little lighter and very solidly built.  It takes 72 mm filters and stops down from f 4 to f 22.  The feature I like the most is that it focuses close enough to shoot 1/4 lifesize for those near close-up shots!  Illustrated below with the shot of the Overhad door handle, one with my thumb in the shot to show size perspective.



This will make the 16-80 a great lens for walking around and shooting everything from wide angle 24mm equivilent images to tight shots close in!  The images above were shot at 80mm (120mm eqvuiv.) and they are tack sharp!  Another big plus is that it has 6 (yes six) stops of image stabilization and it remains on all the time, so no need to rurn it off whens shooting from a tripod, and I tested it, tack sharp hand held and on a tripod!!!!



My T-Ray’s hat in the car window, the best burger on the East Coast of Florida at Fernandina Beach, Florida!



Several shots from the Col. Sanders Downtown Park in Corbin.



Downtown they have painted a street scene under the railway viaduct.



What would a lens test be without a couple of brick walls!



Yes, bitingly sharp!!!!  Finally, Chester resting!  You’ve come ot expect a Chester image in most of my blogs, he’s a good boy!  His hair also makes good sharpness test!!!



As soon as we get rain the Smokies I’m going to head down there and take some images in the Park.  For now I can tell you that the 16-80 will become my go to lens.  It is tack sharp, has great rich color fidelity and is a sturdy, well built, close focusing zoom for permaent residence on my X-T3 or X-H1.  I loved the 18-135, but this lens will become it’s replacement in my system!


Once again I must say to Fujifilm’s engineers in Japan; “Well done guys, just what I wanted and I suspect so will thousands of other photographers shooting the X-System!!!!  It’s a Grand Slam Home Run, folks!




the pilgrim


Technical Note:  Please lkeep in mind these images are 100 dpi images for the web, the 300 dpi full res images are even sharper and richer!!!!











8 Responses

  1. Jerry Reece says:

    Yep, ordered mine the first day that it become available on B&H. Hope I am in the first batch. From your article, I made a good decision. It will replace my 16mm f/2.8, 18-55 and my 18-135.


  2. Diane says:

    Can’t wait for it to get here. I ordered it from B&H the first day it was listed for pre-order. It’s suppose to ship Sept. 26th.

    • admin says:

      It is so good I wonder why it was not added to the Red Badge lens line., it is as good as most of those!

      • Bill Fortney says:

        Got an email asking me to compare the16-80 to the 18-55, 16-55 and 18-135.
        They also asked ifI could “justify”, Why I’m going with the16-80.

        Here goes, I’ve owned three 18-135s and have loved them all, no complaints, ( gave each away to a family member that needed one), but the new
        16-80 is a little more compact and even sharper. I still have a 18-55and love it, but the 16-80 has more range both on the wide and on the long end! I bought the 16-55 f 2.8 and while I liked it I felt it was just too heavy and bulky. I did not have it long so I can’t say for sure if it was sharper than the 18-55?

        Lastly, back in my days as a Nikon shooter I owned the 24-120 of theirs and I found it to be a perfect zoom range for 90% of my everyday subjects, so I’ve been wishing for that range again in the Fujifilm XF line! I really wonder why it’s not a Red Badge Lens, it sure seems to check all those boxes. It may be the price, it is definitely a great value!

  3. Mike Roberts says:

    Dang it, Bill! I guess turnabout is fair play. You bought the 18-135 after seeing mine in Acadia, and now, from your review, I guess I’m going to have to get the 16-80. Dang it!!!!!

  4. Jerry Reece says:

    B&H and FedEx emails today tell my that my 16-80 will be here on Friday. Can’t wait. Suspect that my 18-55 and 18-135 are going to be jealous!!

  5. Got it!

    Wonderful lens