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Fujifilm launches flagship zoom lens

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR designed for ‘ultra-sharp images even at wide open apertures’

The Fujinon XF16-55mm is a standard-zoom lens that covers a wide range of shooting scenes.
The Fujinon XF16-55mm is a standard-zoom lens that covers a wide range of shooting scenes.

Fujifilm this week announced its latest lens, the FUJINON XF16-55mm F2.8R LM WR, which will be added to the company's X Series interchangeable lens line-up in February 2015.

The weather-resistant zoom lens offers constant aperture of F2.8 across the focal lengths equivalent to 24mm at wide-angle through to 84mm (according to 35mm format). The XF16-55mm is designed for ultra-sharp images even at wide open apertures across the entire zoom range.

"Photographers will enjoy using this lens with the X series cameras as this lens is optically designed to draw out the maximum image quality that controls various forms of aberration to achieve edge-to-edge sharpness across the entire zoom range," said Yuta Kawamura, marketing manager, electronic imaging division, Fujifilm Middle East and Africa.

The lens uses newly developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology, which forms a nano-sized irregular structure on the lens' surface to reduce reflection. According to Fujifilm, this approach inhibits ghosting and flare, leading to clearer and sharper images. The Fujinon XF16-55mm is a standard-zoom lens that covers a wide range of shooting scenes, from the wide-angle 24mm equivalent (suitable for landscape photography), to the medium-telephoto 84mm equivalent (most commonly used for portraiture).

The lens is driven by a linear motor and also features a weather- and dust-resistant finish that can work in temperatures as low as -10C.