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Well it’s about time! Fujifilm have announced the eagerly awaited XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR lens.

Fuji 16-55mm


The lens, made in Japan boasts some pretty exciting specs including 14 sealing points of weather sealing, 0.06 seconds of nearly silent operation to full autofocus as well as a new Nano-GI lens coating that alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare.


The lens construction uses 17 elements in 12 groups in total. 3 of the elements of the 17 are aspherical and control the spherical abberation and distortion and three are ED glass elements, which reduce both lateral and axial chromatic aberration.


The sharpness of the 24-84mm 35mm equivalent lens seems exceptionally good. Although the sample images within these articles are from a preproduction lens, Matthew Maddock, the photographer behind them says, “Detail is simply incredible and I don’t know what they have done with the focusing of this 16-50 and the 50-140, but they really are snappy compared to all of the other lenses.”


The 9 blade aperture within the X-Mount compatible lens creates a smooth and circular bokeh. When operated you can control the aperture in 1/3 EV steps like the majority of other XF lenses. Based on the sample image below the bokeh is exceptionally good.


The XF 16-55mm f2.8 will be released in February 2015 for around the price of USD $1,199.95.

To see the full list of released sample images by X-Series photographer Matthew Maddock head over to PhotoMadd, and while you’re there check out the store, there’s some pretty cool stuff made for X-Series cameras.