Fuji 16-55 mm 2.8

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ryan2007 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,001
Fuji 16-55 mm 2.8
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I noticed a convent feature missing from the new Fuji 16-55 mm 2.8. No mention of OIS (stabilization)

Does that matter for you?

For me I typically do not care especially for a Prime lens. I am not sure yet if this will be a deal breaker since that is something I was looking forward to that 16-55 mm.

At the same time I understand OIS could potentially make the lens larger and I'm sure cost more. Yes, I know thats what a tripod is for.

So what do you think? Could this be a deal breaker with no OIS per the Fuji lens roadmap?

DarnGoodPhotos Senior Member • Posts: 7,189
Re: Fuji 16-55 mm 2.8

I think that it's necessary on the long zooms that stretch out past 50, but I've been using the XF35 without needing it. I wonder if the extra weight of the zoom dampens movement.

Another thought is that since the long end is f2.8 you are less likely to drop the shutter speed below 1/30.

Can anyone say if the XC16-50 or XF18-55 needed it more?

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kcamacho11 Senior Member • Posts: 1,529
Re: Fuji 16-55 mm 2.8

darngooddesign wrote:

I think that it's necessary on the long zooms that stretch out past 50, but I've been using the XF35 without needing it. I wonder if the extra weight of the zoom dampens movement.

Can anyone say if the XC16-50 or XF18-55 needed it more?

Keep in mind the 16-55 F2.8 is going to be a pretty heavy lens. Even though you have the constant F2.8 for low light, it would me even more effective to use with stabilization. OIS would be much needed, IMO.

Jerry-astro
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May just be an omission

Please see this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54112237

Fuji's latest magazine includes OIS in a description of the lens.  Seems possible that it was simply an omission in their roadmap.

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Ben Herrmann
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That's a biggie really...

Well, IMO, that is.  Here's Fuji bragging about their new OIS feature in the 18-135 and you'd think that they'd also include it in the high end 16-55.  I hope it's an omission because it would set them apart from everyone else that includes this feature in their lenses - from entry level to high end.

If for some reason Fuji doesn't include IS on this lens, then I certainly won't be getting it, that's for sure.  There's a poll over at Fujirumours.com  which addresses this and if you haven't voted yet, you should.  May Fuji will see it and either confirm and/or clarify their description about the 16-55 f2.8.

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mistermejia Veteran Member • Posts: 3,340
Re: May just be an omission

Jerry-astro wrote:

Please see this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54112237

Fuji's latest magazine includes OIS in a description of the lens. Seems possible that it was simply an omission in their roadmap.

I saw your post the other day where you informed us about this. Thanks.

But just in case the lens does not come with OIS, i will say it over and over again, the OIS definitely helps in getting sharper and more stable shots, hand held that is.

After using my dad's Sigma 17-50 with stabilization i was clearly getting better results than the nikon 17-55 i had. I used them both at the same time before i sold the nikon.  So in my opinion if this lens comes with no OIS that would be very disappointing. OIS helps for taking video as well.

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Re: May just be an omission

mistermejia wrote:

Jerry-astro wrote:

Please see this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54112237

Fuji's latest magazine includes OIS in a description of the lens. Seems possible that it was simply an omission in their roadmap.

I saw your post the other day where you informed us about this. Thanks.

But just in case the lens does not come with OIS, i will say it over and over again, the OIS definitely helps in getting sharper and more stable shots, hand held that is.

After using my dad's Sigma 17-50 with stabilization i was clearly getting better results than the nikon 17-55 i had. I used them both at the same time before i sold the nikon. So in my opinion if this lens comes with no OIS that would be very disappointing. OIS helps for taking video as well.

I'd have to agree. I had been spoiled for years with IS on Canon's awesome EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 lens, which was my "walkaround" lens for my 7D. I would never consider buying a similar FL lens without it. That said, I'm really not a prospect for the 16-55 in any event, with or without the feature. The 18-55 is only a tad slower than the 16-55 (at longer FLs), far smaller and lighter, and quite adequate for my needs. I moved from DSLRs primarily to reduce size and weight, and for my own purposes, both the price and additional bulk of the 16-55 make it unattractive to me. Obviously YMMV.

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mistermejia Veteran Member • Posts: 3,340
Re: May just be an omission

Jerry-astro wrote:

mistermejia wrote:

Jerry-astro wrote:

Please see this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54112237

Fuji's latest magazine includes OIS in a description of the lens. Seems possible that it was simply an omission in their roadmap.

I saw your post the other day where you informed us about this. Thanks.

But just in case the lens does not come with OIS, i will say it over and over again, the OIS definitely helps in getting sharper and more stable shots, hand held that is.

After using my dad's Sigma 17-50 with stabilization i was clearly getting better results than the nikon 17-55 i had. I used them both at the same time before i sold the nikon. So in my opinion if this lens comes with no OIS that would be very disappointing. OIS helps for taking video as well.

I'd have to agree. I had been spoiled for years with IS on Canon's awesome EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 lens, which was my "walkaround" lens for my 7D. I would never consider buying a similar FL lens without it. That said, I'm really not a prospect for the 16-55 in any event, with or without the feature. The 18-55 is only a tad slower than the 16-55 (at longer FLs), far smaller and lighter, and quite adequate for my needs. I moved from DSLRs primarily to reduce size and weight, and for my own purposes, both the price and additional bulk of the 16-55 make it unattractive to me. Obviously YMMV.

This lens would be perfect for a wedding photographer that gets paid.  At 55mm you'll be getting double the light vs the f4 lens, which is very nice.  The weight, i really don't mind, for me personally heavier and beefier lenses help me in getting less motion blur.  Very light lenses get me nervous and is very hard for me to avoid motion.  I guess i still have to get used to the fuji system.  Weather sealed, mmm, i really don't care too much about that.

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Jerry-astro
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Re: May just be an omission

mistermejia wrote:

Jerry-astro wrote:

mistermejia wrote:

Jerry-astro wrote:

Please see this thread:

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/54112237

Fuji's latest magazine includes OIS in a description of the lens. Seems possible that it was simply an omission in their roadmap.

I saw your post the other day where you informed us about this. Thanks.

But just in case the lens does not come with OIS, i will say it over and over again, the OIS definitely helps in getting sharper and more stable shots, hand held that is.

After using my dad's Sigma 17-50 with stabilization i was clearly getting better results than the nikon 17-55 i had. I used them both at the same time before i sold the nikon. So in my opinion if this lens comes with no OIS that would be very disappointing. OIS helps for taking video as well.

I'd have to agree. I had been spoiled for years with IS on Canon's awesome EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 lens, which was my "walkaround" lens for my 7D. I would never consider buying a similar FL lens without it. That said, I'm really not a prospect for the 16-55 in any event, with or without the feature. The 18-55 is only a tad slower than the 16-55 (at longer FLs), far smaller and lighter, and quite adequate for my needs. I moved from DSLRs primarily to reduce size and weight, and for my own purposes, both the price and additional bulk of the 16-55 make it unattractive to me. Obviously YMMV.

This lens would be perfect for a wedding photographer that gets paid. At 55mm you'll be getting double the light vs the f4 lens, which is very nice. The weight, i really don't mind, for me personally heavier and beefier lenses help me in getting less motion blur. Very light lenses get me nervous and is very hard for me to avoid motion. I guess i still have to get used to the fuji system. Weather sealed, mmm, i really don't care too much about that.

No issue for me getting used to the lack of weight. Took me all of 3-4 seconds to adjust. :-). As far as the additional stop goes, the XT-1 provides amazingly clean images at higher ISOs, so I don't really miss the wider aperture as I can compensate by bumping ISO with little impact. The difference in subject isolation at the longer FL cannot be compensated for, but in that case, a prime (such as the 56/1.2) is probably a better solution anyway for that FL. Weather sealing also a non-issue for me.

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