How much is the XF 16-80mm f/4 going to cost?

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jhorse Veteran Member • Posts: 3,247
Re: How much is the XF 16-80mm f/4 going to cost?

A_Mist wrote:

Cagey75 wrote:

A_Mist wrote:

Cagey75 wrote:

If that is the case I don't see why anyone would want it over the already excellent 16-55 2.8? Sure, it's shorter, but give me the 2.8 over a bit of extra reach any day of the week.

It’s not hard to see. Longer reach and OIS.

It is hard to see for me otherwise I wouldn't have posted. For XH1 users like me ois is insignificant, and a bit of extra reach is doing what exactly? Because at f4 it's not great for portraiture, it's too short for wildlife, what exactly is the region between 55 and 80 at f4 doing for you that people are so excited for? At that price I think I'd much rather have the 18-55 and a 90 f2 but hey, let people spend their money how they like. I just can't see the excitement.

People seem to think it's going to be a lot smaller and lighter than the 16-55, I doubt it. If it's longer and also has ois, then it's not going to be small, lighter perhaps if its mostly plastic. Even if I needed the ois I'd find this hard to get exited about. The 18-135 already exists.

People have different needs. You wrote that ”...I don’t see why anyone would want it over the already excellent 16-55 2.8?”. Well now you do! The answer is simple, it has longer reach and OIS and it’s probably smaller and lighter. 55-80 matters to some. And, not everyone has X-H1.

It’s totally fine if you don’t prefer this lens, but strange that you cannot see from other perspective than yours.

I agree with A_Mist. it's good to have a choice.  Personally, I have no interest in the 16-55 (given that I opted for Fuji to reduce bulk and weight, for me it's simply too bulky and heavy). I do, however, have an interest in the 16-80 as a one stop lens for travel with the family (when patience for lens changes is problematic and where with a XT3, chosen over a XH1, OIS is useful).

I accept that other people's choice is different, so I wouldn't knock it.

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