Fujifilm has added the FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR to is range of compact primes lenses for X-mount cameras like the X-T3 and and X-T30. It’s the widest lens in this series, equivalent to a 24mm wide-angle in 35mm camera terms, though its f/2.8 maximum aperture is one f-stop slower than other lenses in the series, which include an 18mm f/2, 23mm f/2, 35mm f/2 and 50mm f/2.
The new lens has been designed for top optical performance, with 10 elements arranged in 8 groups, including two aspherical elements to suppress aberrations and filed curvature and maximise performance right to the edges of the frame. It also has an internal stepper motor autofocus system for fast, quiet AF, and it has a minimum focus distance of 17cm.
The. FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR is very small and light, weighing just 155g. It’s 45.4mm long and takes 49mm filters.
Despite its light weight, though, it’s still weatherproof, hence the ‘WR’ in the model name. It’s both weather and dust resistant and can work int temperatures down to -10 degrees. Fujifilm says it’s used metal parts extensively on the exterior to give the new lens a tough but premium feel, and both the focus and aperture rings are designed to be both comfortable and easy to use.
Physical aperture rings on lenses have become a trademark of Fujinon X-mount lenses (though some of the smaller/cheaper lens don’t have them), so it’s good to see theme here too. The FUJINON XF16mmF2.8 R WR will be available in either silver or black versions.
• Available: late March 2019
• Price: £349
• More information: FUJINON LENS XF16mmF2.8 R WR | Fujifilm Global