The Fujifilm XF 16-55mm Lens Is Here with WR

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.