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- All of my product pages are meant to reflect my own personal experience with my gear. I use everything I’ve listed! I’ve chosen each piece based upon how they float my boat and make my work, art, travel, comfort and mobility possible. As such, my comments are completely my own opinion. So don’t cry if I’m not objectively droning about this feature vs. that feature and why point-decimal-some-number is going to make a difference in your life. It probably won’t anyway and there are plenty of people who WILL share that data with you. You might enjoy their reviews. Fair warning. What I WILL share is my thought process in choosing my gear, what it does for me, what I love about it… and if there’s something not love, I’ll share that too.
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FUJINON XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR Lens
Here’s the deal. Fuji’s 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 Fuji has a fantastic selection. No skimping on lens choices here!
In 35mm (full frame) equivalent, the Fuji 16-55mm lens is roughly a 24-84mm. Hence, it replaced my sterling 24-70mm II f/2.8 Canon lens and I haven’t looked back. It’s razor sharp, nice and wide when open – and has better reach than my Canon lens did. It’s also weather-sealed. I use it ALOT. It’s kind of my go-to lens for all sorts of mid-zoom purposes.
The extra glass of a f/2.8 lens means it’s a bit heavier than the 18-55mm f/2.8-4. Consider that when traveling. For me though, the wider angle lower ISO possibilities make up for the weight. That choice is very subjective; you just have to figure out which tradeoffs work for you. I love the 18-55mm too… but every time I think I might switch to using that instead the 16-55mm creeps back in my bag. It fits the way I see the world perfectly.
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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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