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FUJIFILM XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens
This is my go-to landscape lens. Small wonder: Fujifilm has been making lenses for over 50 years. They’ve gotten really, really, REALLY good at it. I knew this going in and I was STILL kind of speechless at the quality of these smaller, lighter lenses. Plus Fujifilm has a fantastic selection. No skimping on lens choices here!
In 35mm (full frame) equivalent, the Fujifilm 16-55mm lens is roughly a 24-84mm. That’s a solid mid-range for me PLUS it’s weather sealed, making it my “go-to” lens particularly for landscape work. It’s razor sharp, wide enough to not feel limited on that end of the spectrum; yet with enough reach that I don’t feel gypped on that end. I used to have a 24-70 lens in my DSLR kit… it was never enough reach for me. I use the 16-55mm ALOT.
The extra glass of a f/2.8 lens means it’s a bit heavier than the 18-55mm f/2.8-4. A consideration when traveling! In landscape though, the wider angle, lower ISO possibilities and weather sealing make up for the weight for me.
That said, travel is a different beast. I’ll grab the 18-55mm when I’m limited due to the weight and space allowance when traveling. Both lenses rock. Making the decision as to which one will work for you very subjective; you have to figure out which tradeoffs work best for your photography situation.
I’ll grab this lens when:
- I’m headed out into the landscape world… especially in inclement weather. The weather sealing has saved me more times than I can say! Plus it’s f/2.8 throughout the zoom range, making it the better choice in low light shooting situations.
- I want to create mid-range-to-wide zoom images. I can photograph the broader, more epic/expansive/all-in-focus kind of sweeping landscapes – and still do interesting/intimate/detailed compositions up-close and personal. With it’s f/2.8 aperture, it provides some nice bokeh to create separation between foreground and background. These two capabilities in one lens are what make it such a workhorse in my toolchest.
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My Actual Gear
I always like seeing people’s actual gear. The dings, use marks, scratches, whatever. It shows they’re alive! So, here’s a pic of my 16-55mm lens, geekily taken while I was at a coffee shop in Santa Cruz, CA:
And finally, the following were all taken with my 16-55mm… some in the pouring rain! Yes, the weather sealing works.
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Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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