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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.
I like the background on this lens a lot.
Here's a shot kinda taken at mid focal range
at about 42, maybe 43 millimeters.
And as you can see, the background is very, very pleasant.
Look at that; here's 65 millimeters at f/4, not bad.
And you can clearly see the circular patterns there.
Here we are fully zoomed in at f/4.
(chuckles) I love this shot.
Fully zoomed in at f/4, and as you can see,
nice, I kinda like this.
Here's the thing: it really comes down
to personal preference in a lot of ways.
But for me, personally, I definitely think
the background rendering and subject isolation
on this lens is wonderful.
I didn't have to time to test much on studio portraits,
but I did get a quick informal shots.
And one thing I noticed was that eye tracking,
face-eye autodetect with this lens,
I found, didn't do quite as good a job as the 18 to 55.
Take a look at this.
Here's a shot, this was all face-eye autodetect,
and this is fully zoomed in at f/4, 80 millimeters.
And it just looks a little bit on the soft side to me,
almost like it didn't quite nail the focus there.
Here though, it did get a little bit more.
But then, this one here, I was surprised.
I thought that I would get more keepers
with face-eye autodetect on this lens.
Now I didn't have time to really get
and dig into this further,
so please take what I'm saying about face-eye autodetect
and this lens with a grain of salt.
I'm gonna be testing it more,
but something that I did want to at least mention to you
that I noticed on the lens,
not a deal breaker at all, but yeah.
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However, the other problem is a big problem for me,
and it has to do with shooting video.
Let me explain the setup to you.
I'm in video mode, I am holding the camera just like this.
I have this set to manual focus.
Everything on the camera is set manually,
there's no automatic anything.
I then zoomed all the way in,
and I manually focused, till it was sharp.
And then while I was shooting, all I did was I zoomed out.
Then I zoomed in again, then I zoomed out.
And I did this test with both OIS on and OIS off.
I had the same results.
Have a look at this.
Here we are, clear, sharp.
Now I'm pulling out, look at that.
Did you see that, did you you see that?
Look at that.
See that, can you believe it?
So it's wobbling, there's this focus wobble issue going on.
I thought, okay, well maybe that's just how it is
in all lenses and I'm going nuts or something.
So I tested the same setup with the kit lens,
the 18 to 55.
So I'm pulling back, and look at that, see?
Not bad, there it is, it's not doing
that focus zoom problem.
There it is, it's just going in and out,
like you'd think a lens would do.
Then I thought, okay, maybe I have a bad lens.
Maybe I have a lemon, or maybe it's yellow
and it tastes bitter, I don't know,
but there's probably a bad copy of the lens that I received.
And I almost sent it back to Samy's Camera.
I thought, "Hey, you guys, you know, get me a better lens."
However, I have gone on and visited other discussion boards,
and I have seen other YouTubers have the same issues
to the point that I believe they're very real
and they need to be addressed.
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I had really high expectations for this lens.
Some YouTube reviewers gave it a perfect 10 out of 10 score.
But for the focal range, the size,
the autofocusing capability, it seemed too good to be true.
And for the most part, it lives up to most of that.
It is a great lens, but compared to the 18 to 55 kit lens,
the question of whether or not you should spend $900
for the 16 to 80 is a more difficult one to answer.
If you already own the 18 to 55,
I don't think you should get this lens yet.
While having f/4 through the entire focal range is great,
and as is the extra zoom,
I'd say hold off, and let's see if these issues
I mentioned can be fixed in a firmware update.
Video is becoming more and more of a tool
used by professional photographers,
and I cannot recommend this lens right now
because of this video issue.
Zooming in and out, you know,
that's a big part of making video.
There's no rush to go out today
and get this lens right away.
Listen, let the dust settle a bit
and see how Fujifilm responds to this.
See what the other users are experiencing,
and also take a look at the RAW sample images
shot with this lens, you can find online,
and check out the YouTube video reviews
that will undoubtedly be coming out in the week to come.
(sighs) You know, while I'm glad that I purchased
this lens, it's now become more for the fact
that I've been able to report out to you
what I found with it than the stellar quality of this lens.
And to that end, I hope that I've been able to help.
Now YouTube does not allow us to edit our videos
once we publish them, so everything I've said
and shown here today to you will be permanent forevermore.
In fact, somebody might be watching this video right now
and have had this lens for three years and love it.
That being said, if Fujifilm does address this
with a firmware update and fixes that video zoom
wobble problem that I mentioned,
or if, say, it turns out that only two or three
other people on planet Earth have noticed
the issues that I've raised,
then I promise you I will do another update video
and let you know this.
We're not done with this lens quite yet.
And I will be following up as well as continuing
to monitor the reviews and the latest updates for it.
In the meantime, thank you so much for watching.
I have some of the RAW files I shot with this lens
as well as comparison ones with the 18 to 55,
available for you to download in the links below.
Please let me know what you think of this lens
and in the comments, and I will see you again real soon
in the next video.
So long for now.
The best and sharpest place for this lens--
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