Upgrading from the 16-50 to the 18-55?

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hoakin1981 Regular Member • Posts: 397
Upgrading from the 16-50 to the 18-55?

For sometime i have been considering selling my 16-50 OIS II in order to buy the 18-55.

This would be in order to have a better IQ (even though marginally) but most importantly to have a faster do-it-all (more or less) lens.

If i end up missing the 16mm wide angle FOV too much I could also buy the Samyang 12mm f2 later on.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • I also have the 23mm f2
  • Body is the X-E2
  • I shoot travel/cityscapes/architecture/some portraits

All comments much appreciated.

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Adoubeur Junior Member • Posts: 49
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Hi,

I've been using both these lenses. There's no difference in IQ between both. To my opinion, the aperture difference is not big enough to justify changing.

I sold the 18-55 and kept the 16-50. Wy wife uses it more than me, and likes it better than the 18-55 because :

- it is smaller and lighter

- 16 mm at the wide end

- she finds the OIS better

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AndyH44 Contributing Member • Posts: 763
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Same here.....found the 16-50 to be a bit sharper.  Didn't need the extra speed, the funky aperture ring, or the weight.

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uniball Senior Member • Posts: 2,038
Re: Upgrading from the 16-50 to the 18-55?

I had both, an early 18-55 and a Gen 1 16-50. Didn't like either and sold both. But I needed a mid-range zoom so I picked up another 18-55.

18-55, a bit more pop in the render versus a more sterile draw in the 16-50. Could be sample variation here as there appears to some with the 18-55. My first copy I'd rate as an average lens in many respects, my current copy is simply gorgeous in every respect. (Sorry, none of us like sample variation thoughts when buying a lens.)

I'd go with the 18-55 IF the below criteria match yours.

Lovely build and mechanical operation on the 18-55. The 16-50 feels like what it is, a typical budget plastic kit zoom.

The wide end of the 16-50 is not 16. It's either 17 or even closer to 18. Been a while and I forget. There's so much distortion at the wide end by the time lens corrections are done some of the "16" get's cropped away. So think 1mm at best, not 2.

My 18-55 rendered a bit more contrasty image. My copy of the 16-50 rendered an older more classic draw. Also quite nice. Both are quite competent in IQ.

The 18-55 is definitely heavier. Feels like a quality lens.

If you're buying used stay away from the early copies of the 18-55. There was a OIS problem that probably was a manufacturing issue as there were no fixes and no word from Fuji, it just went away. I had one of the early lenses and some of us were getting shake in images when there should not have been any no matter how bad our handholding.

sluggy_warrior Contributing Member • Posts: 890
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16mm is still not wide enough for me, I usually just take a few shots and throw them into Hugin See samples of panoram here, painless and super easy with Hugin:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25213980@N06/

I don't have the 16-50, but very happy with 18-55, one hell of a lens, as sharp as the popular Nikon 35/f1.8G.

KwhyChang Veteran Member • Posts: 5,911
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hoakin1981 wrote:

For sometime i have been considering selling my 16-50 OIS II in order to buy the 18-55.

This would be in order to have a better IQ (even though marginally) but most importantly to have a faster do-it-all (more or less) lens.

If i end up missing the 16mm wide angle FOV too much I could also buy the Samyang 12mm f2 later on.

A few things to keep in mind:

  • I also have the 23mm f2
  • Body is the X-E2
  • I shoot travel/cityscapes/architecture/some portraits

All comments much appreciated.

I wouldn't do it. I bought both and they both have their place in my kit.

I've had more focus issues with the 18-55 than any other Fuji lens. Lately I often choose the 18-135 over the 18-55.

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mcshan Veteran Member • Posts: 4,187
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I have both and I don't see a big difference in IQ. If it is there it is marginal. The 16-50 is surprisingly good. If I didn't need the extra reach I wouldn't do it. I also prefer the smaller size.

In any case good luck and happy shooting.

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Vic Chapman Veteran Member • Posts: 9,559
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uniball wrote:

Lovely build and mechanical operation on the 18-55. The 16-50 feels like what it is, a typical budget plastic kit zoom.

The wide end of the 16-50 is not 16. It's either 17 or even closer to 18. Been a while and I forget. There's so much distortion at the wide end by the time lens corrections are done some of the "16" get's cropped away. So think 1mm at best, not 2.

My 18-55 rendered a bit more contrasty image. My copy of the 16-50 rendered an older more classic draw. Also quite nice. Both are quite competent in IQ.

The 18-55 is definitely heavier. Feels like a quality lens.

I'm glad it's not just me. I also gauged the 16-50 XC as narrower than 16mm at the wide end and by the time I'd removed distortion (obviously more visible with straight lines near the edges) I finished up with something narrower than 18mm FoV.

I tried two copies (actually to see if they were good for infrared - they aren't) and tested them side by side with my 18-55 and the XC lenses came up just a bit short on IQ but you'd need identical images to tell. They were close enough at middle apertures that I'd be happy using them if on a budget or for their compact size/weight - but not for the lack of aperture ring!

As it happens, my 18-55 see no use since I checked out the 16-55mm f2.8 XF lens a few years ago. IMO, the difference in IQ between 18-55 and 16-55 f2.8 is greater than between 16-50 XC and 18-55 XF. Speed and quietness of AF is probably best of all Fuji lenses.

If I had the 16-50XC as my std zoom I would keep it and buy a few primes or longer lenses rather than sell for the 18-55mm XF.

Vic

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OP hoakin1981 Regular Member • Posts: 397
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Thank you all very much for taking the time to reply.

Interesting...Perhaps i should consider buying the Samyang now in order to compliment the kit.

ktmei Contributing Member • Posts: 775
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i sold the 16-50 for the 18-55 in hopes the lens would be a "better" upgrade. Since having the 18-55, its only made me question the weight and size. Sure having a stop of light is nice as well as an aperture ring, but then again, how often do I even shoot at 2.8?

i am still debating whether I should sell the 18-55 for the 16-50 and save some money.

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