Workhorse of a lens – XF16-55mm F2.8 | Ben Cherry

I have to be honest, I didn’t really like this lens until about 24hrs ago… It always seemed to be too big and when compared to the wonderful prime lenses on offer it didn’t offer as good low light capabilities, particularly as it doesn’t feature OIS. This all sounds pretty damming right? These were the main reasons for this lens to either stay in the camera bag or not come out on day trips. All of that subsequently changed upon reviewing the photos taken with the XF16-55mm F2.8 WR over the past year. Three months in Malaysian Borneo, six months in Costa Rica, and more recently trips to Scotland and France. For a lens that I didn’t really warm to it has travelled with me for most of the year. The primary reasons for this is its versatility and weather resistance sealing (WR). But now I’ve reviewed the files in more detail, especially files which were skipped over after importing them to Lightroom, I’m starting the understand the real potential of this lens. Fast, accurate autofocus and superb image quality, across a very helpful focal range……….


1 comment(s)

I still think it’s way too large and heavy. I would rather travel with my 16 1.4 WR and take my chances with my 18-55 which, BTW has been in everything from saltwater, wet sand, mud, to freezing rain, sleet, and snow with no problems. It has even taken a direct shot of water from a water rifle fired by grandson (gotta love that kid) that when I removed the lens from the camera, the flange on the camera, AND the lens was dripping wet! And everything still works perfectly. I think the whole WR is a tad over rated and I’ll take my chances with lightness over bulk and weight anyway.

Comments are closed.