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FUJINON LENS XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WRNew

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Price $1,550

 

Dave Kai Piper

Photographer's Bio

A few years ago Ideas and Images were set up to offer Fashion based Portraiture to a wide range of clients and customers. Dave Kai Piper has written for a wide range of blogs and magazines about photography and post processing

About this Project

We were asked to design, shoot and prepare a fashion of images to test and showcase the new F2.8 constant, mid zoom lens from Fuji.

We did two shoots while testing out the new lens, the first shoot we put together we used the stunning Kenilworth Castle as a stunning background for Bronte and Luke as we shot a festive theme fashion story. The second shoot was much simpler in design and nature. My good friend Jodi and I just grabbed the camera, headed to a shop, picked up some fun items and we had a simple shoot challenge. We had £40 to spend and challenged ourselves to shoot with in the hour on the budget and get 8 images.

We shot beauty, landscape, fashion, city and all sorts of styles. From big planned out shots at Kenilworth to just grabbing and going. The lens was perfect and gave me so much confidence to walk into any situation and deal with it. The lens is just as sharp wide open and clean to the edges giving me confidence to creatively work. When you are shooting with a good lens you forget it is there and become an extension of your camera and becomes part of the flow.

Image quality is of course important and the lens delivers to a point where every image you take you know is going to be sharp, in focus and be just the way you want it. The lens gives a wonderful tone and it is super easy to play with the depth of the images with the fact that this is a constant F2.8 lens.

Styling & Creative Credits:

  • Photographer: Dave Kai Piper
  • Styling: Ideas & Images
  • Make up & Grooming: Penny Grimley using MAC make up
  • Location: Kenilworth Castle with thanks to English Heritage
  • Assistants: Matthew Maddock & Darren Lee
  • Models: Luke Grimley @ W Athletic, Bronte Sumner @ Boss Management , Jodi Lakin @ Alan Sharman
  • Camera: Signature FUJIFILM X-Pro Cameras
  • Bags: Domke Camera bags

Photographer's Testimonial

Personally, Fuji have done an amazing job and continue to do an amazing job with extending the range of lenses opening up the X-System to many different photographers who all have different needs. I have both the 16-55mm & 18-55mm mid zooms and both are very good lenses but are made for different uses. While the focal lengths might be the same that is about the only thing that joins the lenses. The 16-55mm is designed to be the best the lens it can be and does carry the properties that come with a lens designed to be perfect optically. Being a constant F2.8 lens will affect the price, weight & size, these are important, but after the optical quality of the lens. The 18-55mm has been designed to balance out the needs of all users making a smaller lighter around package.

Photographer's Work

 

Chris Weston

Photographer's Bio

Chris Weston became a professional wildlife photographer in 2001 in order to follow his passion for what he describes as "the extraordinary behaviour of wildlife". His contemporary approach to photography led to Amateur Photographer magazine describing him as "One of the most dynamic wildlife photographers working today." He specializes in photographing mammals and endangered species and is renowned for his ability to connect with wildlife and reveal the often hidden personalities of his subjects through his images.
His work is published globally, with clients including the BBC, ITV, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, and National Geographic. In 2011 his images were selected by The Sunday Times magazine for its feature titled "The Year's Best Animal Photographs"

Photographer's Testimonial

FUJIFILM's XF 16-55mm f/2.8 weather-resistant lens lives up to expectation. With a new type of nano-coating that reduces flare, the optical excellence of the lens matches the supreme quality I have come to rely on in the very best Fujinon lenses. Photographing birds of prey at a local falconry, I was astounded by the depth of detail, sharpness and contrast of the pre-processed images. It feels great in the hand. The aperture and focus rings give me confidence when I need it most while the build quality exceeds my often-exacting need for equipment that can cope with the most extreme and harsh environments. And, even with the fast f/2.8 aperture, it’s still compact enough to travel with. This is a lens that lives up to the Fuji legend.

Photographer's Work

 

Flemming Bo Jensen

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Photographer's Bio

Flemming Bo Jensen is a music and event photographer from Denmark. He has been photographing for 10 years and has been using Fuji X cameras since May 2011. He lives as a nomad and travels the world continuously. He can however always be found in Copenhagen during the Summer months, enjoying the music festivals.

About this Project

Zouk Singapore is a legendary nightclub that is rated as one of the top 5 nightclubs in the world. For a music photographer it is an extremely exciting place to shoot, the sound, the visuals, the layout and the people of Zouk are among the best in the world. This project was created over two nights of photographing at Zouk Singapore.

Photographer's Testimonial

The image quality of the XF16-55 is amazing, on level with the best of the XF prime lenses. The autofocus is impressively fast, possibly the fastest autofocus on any Fuji lens I have tested. I found the constant F2.8 to be fast enough to shoot even in a dark nightclub, and the image quality is outstanding even used wide open. It is a different feel to use a larger zoom than the Fujinon primes I normally use in nightclubs, the zoom is heavier and larger. But is still light enough to use for many hours of shooting without getting tired. And it is much lighter than the equivalent lenses in a full frame 35mm format. The build quality is fantastic, both the zoom and focus ring have a very high quality feel. The XF16-55 is an amazing all-round all-purpose lens.

Photographer's Work

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I wanted to capture the main room of Zouk, the incredible light and colors and action. This image I made when the dance floor was highly packed in peak time, I found my spot and waited for the perfect moment of light and action.

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This image is made in the "Phuture room" in Zouk. Standing close to the DJ booth, I wanted to capture an image of the DJ, the dancers and the video projections. The fast autofocus meant I could capture the dancing in perfect focus. Velvia camera profile ensured high contrast and vivid colors.

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On the second night of shooting in Zouk, the main dance floor was filled and I wanted to capture the people dancing on podiums. Again I found my position and waited for the perfect moment.

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The main dance floor of Zouk has several levels. Here I am standing at the very back of the room on level 1 looking down on the dance floor. The zoom capability of the 16-55 meant I could still capture the dance floor in action from further back. Then I just waited for the perfect light beam to hit the dancers on the podiums.

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This image was made in the Velvet Underground room of Zouk. This room is incredibly dark and the lens was tested for it’s ability to make pictures in the dark. The F2.8 aperture was just fast enough to still produce high quality images here. Because of the light weight and small size of my X-T1 with the 16-55 lens and the flip screen on the X-T1, I could hold the camera high over my head and produce this picture.

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Back in the main room of Zouk, the challenge was to capture close ups of people dancing and time it with the laser light show. This image was made by standing behind dancers on a podium, pointing up and timing the image to the laser beams.

 

Arlindo Namour Filho

Photographer's Bio

My name is Arlindo Namour Filho. I am a professional photographer since 1995, but I am part of a 50 year family tradition of photographers. I am the first wedding photographer to transition to 100% mirrorless work in South America. I shoot weddings, portraits and street photography. As a destination wedding photographer I worked all over Brazil, also in Argentina, Uruguay, France, Portugal, Italy, Paraguay and USA.

Since 2013, when I bought my first X Series camera, and moved to CSC, I realized that I wasn’t just changing my gear, but changing all my photography. FUJIFILM, with a portable and high quality equipment, gave me back the the pleasure of being photographer.

www.namourfilho.com
www.ehnamour.com
instagram.com/namourfilho

Photographer's Testimonial

I am a really FUJIFILM X series cameras fan. I used the X100s first, than the X-E2 and X-T1 with almost all the Fujinon lenses. I have a blog for photographers and I write cameras and lenses reviews. This is a good thing because makes me push the gear to the limits.

Since from my DSLR times I stopped to use zoom lenses for two reasons: too much weight to carry (lots of backache) and the quality that I could have better with prime lenses. Based on my old experience, I really didn’t believe on the full potential of this Fujinon zoom lens.

The XF16-55mm was a good surprise. It is a work horse and water resistant. It's not heavy but is very solid and well built. With the range of a 24mm to 83mm (equivalent on 35mm) I have almost everything that I need for my weddings, portraits and street photography.

I really got impressed with the image quality, with the sharpness and the beautiful color performance. It is the first zoom lenses I ever tried with a truly prime lens quality. The perfect married between the acclaimed X Trans sensor and a wonderful glass.

Photographer's Work

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I love to mix ambient light with LED light with orange filter. The X Trans sensor gives me a clean file even with high ISO, and more important, fidelity of colors. The skin tones are so real, and better printed. This moment I shot when the bride was waiting for the ceremony in the car, she was nervous and I was shooting from the window where I could short a little bit the range and fill the frame.

Camera: X-T1
Lens: XF16-55mm f/2.8 at
42,7 mm (on 35 mm: 64,0 mm)
Aperture Priority
Shutter speed: 1/140 seg
Aperture: f/2,8
ISO: 2500
Light source: Ambient light + LED light
White balance: Auto

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This was my first test with the XF16-55mm f/2.8. It was a bride’s parade and I had to set high ISO to obtain a higher shutter speed. The versatility of this zoom is a great thing in situations like that. Specially in this image I used the range on 55mm (equivalent 83mm in 35mm). I freezed the scene and kept details.

Camera: X-T1
Lens: XF16-55mm f/2.8 at
55,0 mm (on 35 mm: 83,0 mm)
Aperture Priority
Shutter speed: 1/350 seg
Aperture: f/3,6
ISO: 2500
Light source: Ambient light
White balance: Auto

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First of all, I am good on hand held, thats why I put a low ISO at 640 and hang the shutter speed at 1/50 seconds. I just love the FUJIFILM colors of the X Trans sensor, for me it is invincible. This lens for portrait is versatile, with a maximum range of 55mm (equivalent on 35mm to 83mm) I can shoot a picture like this. In this session I tried different ranges and on all it worked very well.

Camera: X-T1
Lens: XF16-55mm f/2.8 at
55,0 mm (on 35 mm: 83,0 mm)
Aperture Priority
Shutter speed: 1/50 seg
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 640
Light source: Ambient light
White balance: Auto

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On this image I opened at 16mm (equivalent on 35mm to 24mm) and put the model at the corner of the frame. It didn’t affected my image, very few distortion and lots of details with real color reproduction. At this point is good to have a zoom with superior image quality, you make one shooting session just carrying one single lens.


Camera: X-T1
Lens: XF16-55mm f/2.8 at
16,0 mm (on 35 mm: 24,0 mm)
Aperture Priority
Shutter speed: 1/2700 seg
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 1250
Light source: Ambient light
White balance: Auto

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I love street photography, and I always take with me at least two lenses with different ranges. With the XF16-55mm f/2.8 I don’t have this problem, I take just one lens and the body. It's a light lens with just 23.10 oz. On 16mm wide open I can work the lines of the buildings and see the details and the great dynamic range of this sensor. I keep all the informations in high light and shadows, with no visible distortion.

Camera: X-T1
Lens: XF16-55mm f/2.8 at
16,0 mm (on 35 mm: 24,0 mm)
Aperture Priority
Shutter speed: 1/1500 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 800
Light source: Ambient light
White balance: Auto

 

Don Craig

Photographer's Bio

Don Craig a photographer and graphic designer for the Province of British Columbia. In his spare time, he also shoots freelance jobs and documents life through personal photography projects. In his work, Don photographs events, portraits, documentary images and photos for communications projects. Don is a Fujifilm X-photographer and he carries a Fujifilm camera wherever he goes...

You can see Don’s work and read his blog at www.doncraigphoto.com

Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/doncraigphoto

Photographer's Testimonial

Fujifilm X-cameras and Fujinon XF lenses make beautiful images, while providing me with one of the best shooting experiences I have ever had.

With the release of this high-quality, medium-telephoto zoom lens (24-84mm full-frame equivalent), Fujifilm has given a large segment of professional photographers all of the tools they need. The addition of this lens, to the XF50-140mm f/2.8 lens and the X-T1 camera body, completes the setup many photographers would happily use for their work. Make no mistake, this is a professional-quality lens.

Versatile. Robust. Fast. These are the best ways to describe this lens. From wide-angle to portraits, this is the type of lens that many photographers, particularly event shooters, will keep on one camera body all of the time. The weather sealing adds to the versatility, while the fast, constant maximum aperture mean that you can get nearly every shot, in almost all conditions.

The great reputation of Fujinon lenses will only be enhanced with the release of the XF16-55mm f/2.8 lens.

Photographer's Work

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Portrait of two traditional Chinese musicians performing at a government event. I was shooting an indoor event with the XF16-55mm lens on my X-E2. I was happy to see I could make this photo, as I happened upon the performers. They were lit by the window behind them and the lens, at full-reach, created a lovely portrait. Being able to preview exposure in the viewfinder of the X-cameras is indispensable. Out-of-camera JPEG.

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The budget is announced annually at an event with media and stakeholders. The stakeholders are sequestered behind sliding panels until the event begins. Using the wides focal length, 16mm, a fast aperture, f/2.8, and a slow shutter speed, 1/4 sec., I captured the moment the panels are moved, revealing the stakeholders. Out-of-camera JPEG.

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A large part of my job is taking photos of people in grey suits at podiums. To make life more interesting and to give context to the events, I try to capture behind-the-scenes photos such as this one of the media waiting to ask the Minister of Finance questions. One way I differentiate these shots from the podium shots is to shoot them in black-and-white. Out-of-camera JPEG.

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A good example of the versatility of the XF16-55mm lens. An indoor event requires shooting at multiple focal lengths and apertures. This lens can handle wide shots as well as mid-range shots, where you want to include some background, as well as the piano player, in the photo. Shot using flash to open up the foreground, while balancing the ambient light. Out-of-camera JPEG.

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Mid-range focal length used to capture the scale of the flags suspended above the marching firefighters. Having the ability to zoom in, or in this case, out as the marchers approached, meant that I could stay in one spot until the last moment, but still get a series of different shots. Out-of-camera JPEG.

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A tighter shot with a wider angle of view allowed me to capture the firefighters marching into the grounds of the Parliament Buildings. In situations where it is difficult or impossible to move to get shots, it is great to have the versatility of a zoom like the XF16-55mm lens. Out-of-camera JPEG.

 

Dyanne Wilson

Photographer's Bio

Dyanne Wilson is a professional photographer currently based in Ottawa, Ontario. Dyanne studied Art History at the University of Ottawa and has received more technical training at the School of Photographic Arts in Ottawa. She prefers that which is real and authentic and loves for her images to convey the mood, narrative and beauty of a person, place or event. She has a keen interest in cultural diversity as it is expressed in the built environment, nature and life itself. Dyanne can be called upon for portraiture, weddings, birthday parties, events, architecture, interiors, food and landscapes.

Her work is regularly featured in Diplomat and International Canada Magazine, Hello Canada! Magazine, Style magazine. While on assignment for Diplomat and International Canada she has photographed over 30 Official Residences and many environmental Portraits of Ottawa's diplomatic community. She has also self published a couple of books: Diplomatic Spaces and Impressions of Paris.

Photographer's Testimonial

I love the Fujifilm X-T1 camera system. I love how you can have a professionally built, weather sealed camera without the bulk and weight of a DSLR. Since I ‘see’ in many different focal lengths and I’m often hired to document an event where I find myself photographing everything from the food, portraits of the people, the scene etc., Fujifilm’s versatile 16-55 F2.8 zoom lens covers all the bases with prime lens quality. While it is heavy compared to some of Fujifilm’s prime lenses it is nowhere near as heavy as what I used to have to carry prior to switching over to Fujifilm. (Actually it is like having four prime lenses in one as I would have to carry the 16, 23, 35 and the 56 to have the same versatility.) And the image quality is exceptional! The lens is sharp, fast, weather sealed and has a pleasing enough bokeh to boot! It is the lens that I reach for first when going on an assignment and if I could afford only one lens, this would be it.

Photographer's Work

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I ordered this lens as soon as it became available in January of 2015. For the first test I took it out in near blizzard conditions. I shot the following picture on a routine walk with my puppy in the forest. It came out exactly as I had envisioned with soft bokeh, and with the relatively slow shutter speed it captured the snow falling.

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I was heading downtown to do some street photography with the winter storm as the backdrop. While I was stopped at a red light I noticed to my left the lead gentleman lighting up his cigarette and I had just enough time to grab my camera, roll down the window and photograph this scene as they crossed the street.

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My first assignment with this lens was to photograph an outdoor event to celebrate Sir John A. MacDonald’s bi-centennial at the end of January. It was -35 degrees Celsius and I would get to see how well the lens would perform in frigid temperatures. By the time I took the following photo I was nearly frozen stiff and I wanted to provide the viewer with a sense of how clear and crisp that morning was. The girls hockey team happened to walk by and I was noticing that I could even see their breath.

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I tend to like a certain complexity in my images. Here I liked the reflection and contradiction of the strapless wedding gowns, bundled up passers by, Ottawa architecture and the snow. Processed with Fujifilm’s Classic Chrome

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This is an example of portraiture that can be done with the 16-55. I was photographing an event, and these models were asked to pose like Manequins…. Granted they stood very still and I used Fuji’s EF 42 flash, but you can still see how sharp her eyes are and yet there is a softness to the skin. I also like that the background is still recognizable and you have a sense that she is in a department store. Often the background is part of the story.

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I was commissioned to do a portrait for a woman who often does consulting work for the United Nations. She wanted to portray herself as intelligent, approachable and authoritative in her field. I brought along my 16-55 and worked with her. I love how the colour of her hair, scarf and her painting all work together. The light source was simply the window to her left and possibly a reflector on her right. Minimal post processing with the Camera Pro Neg Hi preset