Early thoughts on 16-80

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HatWearingFool Senior Member • Posts: 2,745
Early thoughts on 16-80

Yesterday I received my brand new 16-80. I've been fairly negative regarding this lens since it was released. For it's performance I've felt it to be overpriced, but Fujifilm has been having a sale on the lens here in Canada for just over a month now.

With the sale nearing it's end I've been going back and forth on wether or not I should get it. It's now $774 (regularly $1079). I've always felt it should be priced around 750-800 so I figured I should just bit the bullet.

It does balance better than I initially thought it would on my x-t20. It's about the same size as my viltron 85 MK1 but lighter. The Viltrox is the largest lens I can easily use one handed with the x-t20 and the 16-80 is quite a bit easier.

The autofocus seems snappy and the OIS works well.

Also this feels like the first Fuji lens I have (out of 6) with a decent lens cap, so that's progress.

Really it's a solid lens except for the optics. Unfortunately I think it's hard to justify this lens for it's regular price based on the optical quality, but at the current 30% off I think it's worth it.

Here is a photo (jpeg from camera, but edited) taken last night. I took this one handed, in the wind, in the dark, while lighting it with my cellphone held in the other hand. I was happily surprised with the result. I tried to time the gusts of wind as best I could.

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