Fuji 16-80 first thoughts and some unscientific tests

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    First impression - the delivery box was bigger than expected but also lighter than I’d even dared to hope for! There was a lot of packing material in the delivery box so the actual lens box wasn’t too big.

    Compared to the 28-55 kit lens:
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    On the Xt2
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    Compared to 18-55
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    Balance on the Xt2 feels good. Body and lens fit in my every day camera bag in the pocket I normally use for the Xt2 + 18-55 without having to realign the dividers.

    Love the aperture ring as it clicks for each stop and has a start and end point - compared to the 18-55 which rotates fully around and around... Focus ring is firm but smooth. Zooming was smooth as well. There are no switches at all on the lens for OIS on/off or for Auto aperture. OIS can be turned off via the menu. From what I’ve read, it knows when the lens is on a tripod and adjusts itself accordingly. Auto aperture is set using the aperture ring.
     
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    Here are my non scientific tests of the advertised 6 stop OIS. Some of you may know that I rarely shoot hand held below 1/500 because I don’t have the best form and I’m a bit of a swayer. I was impressed that I was able to get some usable photos all the way down to .5 ss.

    again unscientific but I tried to keep aperture and ISO as consistent as possible. To make it as hard as possible, these were at full zoom 80mm:

    1/4 ss, ISO 200, f/4
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    1/2 ss, ISO 200, f/4
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    1 sec (had to change the aperture on this one to 7.1 as I was already at ISO 200)
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    You can see that last one shows a bit of camera shake but not bad for 1 sec hand held.

    eta - I took 2 -3 shots at each exposure and have posted the best ones for each shutter speed. All of the shots at 1/4 were sharp. 2 of the 3 at 1/2 were sharp. 2 of the 3 at 1 sec were considerably shakier than the one above.
     
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    Good OSS!!!!!!! I have found that image stabilization makes slow speed panning really good! Slow speed meaning one third of a second to 1/8 of a second at the fast end.
     
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    Panning is something I need to work on. My current skill level at that can only be described as weak!
     
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    Pretty good real life intial thoughts. This really is a desirable focal length fir a zoom. Thanks for the update.
     
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    I see some panning in Yer future
     
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    I’m very tempted to sell off my 35 f/2 and use the money towards this lens. I thought about also selling the 90 f/2 for it, but the 90 is my favorite lens and I just can’t bring myself to get rid of it.
     
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    That looks like a great lens. I really like the 16-80mm focal lengths, I find that kind of range incredibly useful for general shooting on a crop sensor. I used a 17-70mm a lot on my old camera. That IS looks cracking too, down to 1/2 of a sec gives you a lot of creative freedom and it seems sharp with good contrast too.
     
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    Haven’t had a chance to do any more testing or actual shooting- hopefully this weekend will take it fir a real world spin.

    could be rabbit...could be

    I rarely use my 90mm. I bought it with portraits in mind but my interest in shooting those is just not there right now.

    ‘The Sigma 17-70 was on my Nikon almost every time I left the house. It’s a really great range. I don’t think I’ll miss the 2.8 if I can get good shots at 1/4... but still lots of paces to put it through.


    I’ll post more test shots and a review as soon as I have some time to use it a bit more. I just updated the firmware on my Xt2 and the lens so I may run the shutter speed OIS tests again.
     

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