Early thoughts on 16-80

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HatWearingFool
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Re: Early thoughts on 16-80

Yannis1976 wrote:

HatWearingFool wrote:

JayNGu wrote:

How does it compare to the 18-55? I would expect a drop off in optical performance for the increased range, but I wouldn't want it massive either. I've always been happy with the optics of the 18-55, but could be interested in the increased range if the trade off isn't too great, especially at the wide and the long end.

Thanks, Jason

I haven’t done a lot of testing yet. But I’d say my copy of the 16-80 is worse than my copy of the 18-55 from maybe 40-55. It seems to get worse as you go along. It seems particularly weak once you get to 80mm.

I tried a couple of used copies before and found the same as well. It’s possible I have a good copy of the 18-55… I don’t know.

My 16-80 seems very good at 35mm though, which is nice since that is a focal length I quite like. Actually I’d say it seems to have a sweet spot in the 23-35mm range. I don’t do a lot wide so haven’t looked at 16mm very closely. For my preference I would have preferred a 18-80 since I never shoot wider (with out stitching a panorama) and it might have meant higher overall optical quality, but I recognize the 16mm range is very important to a lot of buyers.

Would you mind posting a photo at 80mm and 55mm from both lenses? I am interested in those bad optics of the 16-80 and better optics of the 18-55.
Also if you were interested mostly in 35mm why didn’t you buy one of the great 35mm Fuji lenses?

I have the Fuji 35 1.4. Why would you think I don’t? I mostly shoot primes.

if you don’t care about anything other than the 80mm focal length I the original post already has one.

I’ll see what I can dig up from 55mm. I just packed up the lens yesterday for shipping as its being sold now that I have the 16-80mm. It didn’t get much use over the years so I’ll have to see what I can find.

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