Fuji 16–55mm f/2.8 Lens Review and Samples

My biggest complaint with the Fuji system has been it’s slow autofocus. Even with that, I still really enjoy using the Fuji system. The RAW files have a lot of latitude, the colors from the JPEGs are fantastic, and I love all of the controls on the X-T1.

This last Saturday, Anya (our three year old daughter) and I went to Glazer’s Camera in Seattle. Ever tried making a serious purchase while trying out equipment with a three year old? I seriously don’t know what I was thinking.

That being said, this lens was a no-brainer. After a few minutes, I determined that it had what I was looking for:

  1. Fast autofocus — not DSLR or Olympus E-M1 fast, but faster than anything else in the Fuji lineup.
  2. Sharp — Fuji makes great optics.
  3. Not too big — it fits in my small carry around bag.
  4. Solid feel.

I can honestly see this being the lens that stays on my Fuji X-T1 the majority of the time. Although, I’ll still use the primes for low light / indoor photography.

Here are some samples from that day. We went to the Ballard Locks and had a great time — just the two of us. These images were post processed using Lightroom.

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