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  • - Welcome to Pal2tech.

  • Today we are going to review the brand new

  • Fujifilm 16 to 80 millimeter zoom lens.

  • I've had this lens with me nonstop for 11 days now

  • in a variety of shooting situations and locations.

  • I'm gonna tell you what I think about it,

  • the things I like and the things I don't like.

  • Before we get into it, I wanna let you know

  • that this video is not sponsored.

  • I didn't get a prereleased version of this lens

  • sent to me for free.

  • This is the final version of the lens,

  • the one that's released to you and I and everyone else.

  • Fujifilm has no idea I'm making this video.

  • I paid for this lens myself.

  • I ordered it from Samy's Camera in Los Angeles,

  • and I paid $887.54 for this lens.

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  • There's been a lot of anticipation building up

  • to the release of this lens.

  • Its official name is Fujinon XF 16 to 80 millimeter

  • f/4 R OIS WR.

  • And I think it it sort of fills the gap

  • between the 18 to 55 millimeter

  • and the 16 to 55 millimeter.

  • What you have here is a 16 to 80 millimeter zoom

  • with a constant f/4 aperture

  • throughout the entire focal range.

  • The glass itself contains 16 elements in 12 groups,

  • and man, looking at it,

  • (chuckles) you could really see that beautiful glass.

  • You're getting the equivalent of a 24 to 120 millimeter

  • range in full frame format.

  • The aperture range on this lens is f/4 to f/22

  • in 1/3 stops.

  • The front thread on the lens is 72 millimeters.

  • Now that's really cool.

  • So if you have already filters on the 50 to 140

  • that are already 72 millimeters,

  • you can share them with this new lens,

  • it's awesome for that.

  • Like other Fujinon lenses, it comes with a standard

  • plastic lens hood, but here's the thing that's interesting:

  • this lens hood right here is actually different,

  • almost a redesign and it's much better

  • than the prior lens hoods that Fujifilm released.

  • With other lens hoods, plastic ones,

  • sometimes you have to, you know,

  • turn 'em like that, they're a little bit rough.

  • This one is loose, it's like really loose

  • when you put it on.

  • Once you turn it and you get it all the way over,

  • it clicks into place.

  • It's a really nice, smooth click, and it's firm.

  • I like the lens hood.

  • I still wish it were made out of metal though,

  • but that's another story.

  • I did notice that the aperture ring is pretty tight,

  • maybe a bit too tight for my liking.

  • But, you know what, I'd rather have than

  • a very loose aperture ring.

  • Same with the zoom ring.

  • This thing is secure.

  • It is not one of those zoom lenses

  • that you turn it upside and it, you know,

  • doing, comes falling out.

  • It's not gonna happen with this lens, it's pretty tight.

  • It's weather resistant, and it's sealed in 10 locations,

  • and you can go shooting outside in temperatures

  • as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit,

  • or minus 10 Celsius.

  • Interesting, there's this weird little drawer-looking thing

  • right here that says Weather Resistant.

  • I don't know if you can see that.

  • It's funny because I didn't see that

  • on any other Fuji lens, and it looks like something

  • where you put your fingernail in it

  • and pull out a drawer where you put a gel

  • or, like, (chuckles) a filter or something.

  • It's kinda cool.

  • This lens features six stops of image stabilization,

  • and this makes it great in low light

  • despite its f/4 aperture.

  • Image stabilization was incredible on this lens

  • for both stills and video.

  • Check this out, okay, the video on the left

  • is shot without OIS, and the video on the right

  • is shot with OIS.

  • Have a look at that, look at that!

  • That's incredible, it almost looks like the camera

  • is bolted to a tripod, but I was holding it like this.

  • Unbelievable, really nicely done.

  • Ah, I love it.

  • Let's look at a still photo now.

  • Okay, so I shot this one, handholding the camera,

  • at f/4, zoomed all the way in to 80 millimeters.

  • And as you can see, at 1/30 of a second,

  • you can see the fabric; it's nice, it's clean,

  • no problems there.

  • Here is 1/15 of a second, and you can still see

  • kinda the details in the fabric.

  • It's sharp, it's reasonably sharp for 1/15 of a second,

  • handheld, and I'm not the best hand-holder.

  • I'm, ah, I'm not that good,

  • so I'm a really good test for this.

  • And now moving down, you've got 1/8 of a second.

  • And okay, so it starts to get a little bit fuzzy here at,

  • but this is 1/8 of a second,

  • and it's still a nice, usable picture, you know,

  • if you were forced to use 1/8 of a second handheld.

  • So again, wow!

  • Now there's one interesting thing about OIS:

  • there's no OIS on or off switch anywhere on the lens.

  • It's very minimalist.

  • When the lens is attached to the camera

  • and the camera's on the tripod,

  • the lens adjusts OIS automatically.

  • Now you can turn off OIS, but you need to go

  • into the camera's menu to do so.

  • This lens weighs just about one pound, or 440 grams.

  • And it feels great on the camera.

  • Size and weight-wise, this lens is incredible.

  • You're getting f/4 all the way from 16 to 80 millimeters

  • in a lens that's just a bit heavier and bulkier

  • than the kit 18 to 55 millimeter.

  • And compared to the 16 to 55 millimeter,

  • this lens is as light as a feather.

  • It is a great travel lens.

  • In fact, a few days ago, I flew to Maryland with it,

  • right on Southwest Airlines.

  • This lens went through security and in those bins

  • and on and off the plane, and you know,

  • bumping up against the aircraft windows taking pictures.

  • Now I wanted to kind of have this lens

  • in a real on-the-go travel-type of environment

  • to see how it handled.

  • And my conclusion is that, in traveling with this lens,

  • it nails everything that I'd ever want

  • in a single lens for get-up-and-go one-lens-only photography

  • with a minimum of hassle.

  • You know what?

  • I can get some glue and glue this on, right?

  • And just (grunts) glue it on the camera,

  • throw it in the backpack and go around the world

  • and pretty much get most of the shots I'd want

  • with the focal range offered by this lens

  • and the beautiful background isolation.

  • For sheer versatility balanced with autofocus speed

  • for lightweight travel zoom shots,

  • this is a really good lens for that.

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  • Now let's talk about focus and zoom.

  • It utilizes an external telescopic zoom design.

  • That's unlike the 50 to 140 where the--

  • (camera clicking) everything's inside.

  • With this lens, if you're doing street photography

  • and you need to be kinda discreet,

  • well (chuckles) this just screams out,

  • I have a lens, I have a lens!

  • It's a little bit, whoa okay.

  • But that's exactly the extra range you get

  • on this lens versus the 18 to 55

  • that makes such a major difference when out traveling

  • or doing street photography.

  • You really notice it when you're trying to take shots

  • of things that you can't quite walk up and get to.

  • One thing I didn't care for was the zoom ring's

  • ergonomics with shooting video.

  • I found it to be a little rough and jerky like

  • when zooming in for video shots;

  • a little tight for my taste.

  • This lens has a minimum, are you sitting down?

  • Has a minimum focusing distance of 1.4 inches,

  • that's 35 centimeters,

  • over the entire zoom range.

  • This was so nice, and I was very impressed

  • with the background and the results

  • I was able to get with it at such a close range.

  • Autofocus: fast, fast, fast;

  • very fast and quiet.

  • I give it a great score on that.

  • It works very well in AF-C Zone mode,

  • quickly switching with a minimum of lag time.

  • Now if you don't know what AF-C Zone is,

  • then please be sure to watch my focus modes

  • of the X-T3 video and I'll have a link below.

  • But let's get through the remainder of this video first.

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  • A zoom lens is always about compromise,

  • and I try to keep that in mind when testing this lens,

  • particularly because I also happened to own

  • the incredible 16 to 55.

  • Here's what I found in a nutshell.

  • Starting wide open at 16 millimeter f/4,

  • we have nice contrast and sharpness in the center,

  • no problems there.

  • As you move toward 80 millimeter, keeping f/4,

  • the corners start to improve a bit

  • until you hit 50 millimeters,

  • at which point there's really kind of a nice

  • sharpness across the entire frame.

  • However, once you hit 80 millimeter at f/4,

  • the corners, I think, are blurry and weak.

  • Have a look, here it is at f/4,

  • there's the center at f/4, not bad.

  • Look at the corner, not so good, not so good there.

  • Just for the heck of it, I compared f/4 on this lens

  • with f/4 on the on the kit 18 to 55 millimeter lens,

  • both fully zoomed in; let's take a look at that.

  • So the photo on the left is the 16 to 80 millimeter,

  • and the photo on the right is the 18 to 55 millimeter.

  • And as I zoom all the way in, I do like the center for sure.

  • The center is much nicer at the maximum focal length

  • on the 16 to 80.

  • However, the corner, interestingly enough,

  • not so good, not so good.

  • I prefer the kit lens, quite honestly.

  • The best and sharpest place for this lens

  • is at 50 millimeter, f/5.6.

  • No surprise, no doubt there,

  • where you pretty much have sharpness everywhere.

  • I also compared center sharpness with both

  • this lens and the 18 to 55 fully extended at f/4,

  • and the 16 to 80 is definitely shaper at the center

  • at the focal range.

  • So here you can see the picture on the left

  • is the 16 to 80, and the picture on the right

  • is the 18 to 55.

  • Clearly, clearly, the center, fully zoomed in

  • on the 16 to 80 is sharper.

  • And I actually prefer the background

  • of the 18 to 55 millimeter kit lens,

  • but they're so similar, and the color rendering

  • is a little bit, in my opinion, more noticeable

  • on the 18 to 55.

  • Here's the background here fully zoomed in

  • at 80 millimeter f/4.

  • Here we are at f/8,

  • and here we are at f/16.

  • And as you can see, they change, look at that.

  • And so here, on f/4,

  • you have these really nice, pleasing,

  • fadey-type of dreamy swirls.

  • As we go here, they become more defined at f/8.

  • And all the way at f/16, I still found them

  • to be very pleasing.