Fujifilm has officially released its XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR lens (say that three times fast), which the company teased on last year's lens roadmap. The 16-55mm is equivalent to 24-84mm when mounted on an X-series body and offers an internal focusing system and 'twin linear motor' which Fujifilm says will allow for fast and silent AF. The lens is sealed in fourteen places and has three aspherical and three ED elements and a Nano-GI coating to reduce flare.

You can pick up your own 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR in February for $1199.

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FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW WEATHER RESISTANT XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR AT 2015 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

With photojournalists in mind, new XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers ultra-sharp images in challenging weather conditions

Valhalla, N.Y., January 6, 2015 FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, a weather-resistant standard zoom lens with a 24-84mm equivalent that offers users the classic zoom range with a constant F2.8 in the market today. The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR uses 14 sealing points for a durable, weather-resistant and dust-proof design that make it the perfect companion for photojournalists who do not want to compromising when weather conditions are the most challenging. Whether shooting wide angle landscapes or medium-telephoto portraits, the XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers ideal image results from edge to edge.

The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers on its promise of extremely high resolution and stunning bokeh for professional-grade results when paired with the FUJIFILM X-T1, or any X-Series CSC. The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR also uses the newly-developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology to effectively inhibit ghosting and flare, producing clear images from edge-to-edge.  

The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR uses a light weight Internal Focusing System and a Twin Linear Motor for high-speed autofocus (AF) and whisper quiet AF as fast as 0.06 seconds. When combined with the near-silent shutter sound of the FUJIFILM X-T1, photos can be taken unnoticed in quiet and sensitive locations.

Perfect match for the FUJIFILM X-T1
The award-winning FUJIFILM X-T1 is a weather-resistant premium interchangeable lens camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) that delivers a near-instant image preview. It has the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and the segment’s fastest autofocus of 0.10 seconds that allows photographers to capture amazing, high resolution images anywhere.

FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (24-84mm) R LM WR key features:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with 14 sealing points
  • 0.06 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation
  • Uses 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 3 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration
  • Nano-GI coating alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
  • 1/3 EV steps
  • Minimum working distance of less than 12 inches

The FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR will be available in February 2015 for USD $1,199.95.


Fujifilm XF 16-55mm R LM WR lens specifications

Principal specifications
Lens typeZoom lens
Max Format sizeAPS-C / DX
Focal length16–55 mm
Image stabilisationNo
Lens mountFujifilm X
Aperture
Maximum apertureF2.8
Minimum apertureF22
Aperture ringYes
Number of diaphragm blades9
Optics
Elements17
Groups12
Special elements / coatings3 aspherical elements, 3 ED elements, Nano-GI coating
Focus
Minimum focus0.30 m (11.81)
Maximum magnification0.16×
AutofocusYes
Full time manualUnknown
Focus methodInternal
Physical
Weight655 g (1.44 lb)
Diameter83 mm (3.27)
Length106 mm (4.17)
SealingYes
ColourBlack
Zoom methodRotary (extending)
Power zoomNo
Filter thread77.0 mm
Tripod collarNo