Further thoughts on the Fujifilm XF 16-80 f 4 lens

10 months, 1 week ago 6
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When I adopt a new lens into my carry system I do a few things right off the bat; I find a screw in metal hood, so the polarizer can be turned easily while retaining the benefit of a metal lens hood, and I find a suitable polarizer for the new lens. The hood I found for this 16-80 is a metal JJC 72mm screw in metal lens hood from Amazon (below). It also works on the Fujifilm XF 10-24 f 4!




The polarizer I got for this lens is the Breakthrough 72mm (below)




I keep, in my gear box, a large assortment of step up and step down rings for attaching filters and polarizers.  One of my favorite diopters for close-up work is the Canon 500D.  It comes in 77mm size so I used a 72mm to 77mm step up ring to adapt it to the 16-80.  Below are some close-up shots using this combination, all shot at 80mm.




This further extends the utility of this lens. The Route 66 globe is about 1.5 inches across.  This makes this combination approachs life size reprodution and the sharpness is certainly there!


A word on polarizers.  I have almost always used Singh Ray and Nikon polarizers through out my career.  When Bob Singh died I started to use the Breakthrough brand, which I’ve found to be neutral and very well made, and they are priced about right for the quality they offer.  It is always a bad idea to try to save money on your polarizer,  you spent top dollar for a sharp lens, don’t degrade it with a cheap polarizer. Just my two cents worth!


….and yes, it is tack sharp at 16mm (24mm equiv)!!




More later!




the Pilgrim

6 Responses

  1. Ron says:

    Great information on the polarizer and the lens hood. The Fuji hood for my 10-24mm lens has always wanted to “pop-off” and never remains attached. This one should be a big improvement.
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      I agree, and love metal screw in hoods. I once dropped a 24mm lens from a cliff and it fell ove 60 feet to a large rock belwow. It landed on the lens hood which bent over but the lens was not damaged. We can’t always be so lucky ot have a lens fall hood down, but at least in this incident it worked!

  2. Donna Martin says:

    Good to know about the hood that fits the 10-24mm lens! Thanks!

  3. Tom GIbson says:

    and I keep readingthat it is very soft or soft in the corners….

  4. Bob says:

    Would love to see some landscapes with this lens at 16 and 24mm. Do you recommend this lens over the 16-55?

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