We would rather already had a hands-on look at a prototype version of this lens, but now Fujifilm has announced official details on the XF 8-16mm f/2.8, including the price and release la mode, which is expected to be November 2018. The lens is equivalent to 12-24mm in 35mm equivalent terms. The lens is weather sealed, and uses 20 elements in 13 conglomerations, with four aspherical elements, six ED elements, and three super ED elements. TheXF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR lens will be priced at £1799.
From Fujifilm: Broadcasting the FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens – An ultra-wide angle zoom with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 that uses cutting-edge technology to execute outstanding edge-to-edge image sharpness
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has announced that it will release the FUJINON XF8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR lens in modern November 2018. This new XF lens is designed for use with the X Series range of digital cameras. The XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR is a fast ultra-wide angle zoom lens that has a continuous maximum aperture of F2.8 and is equivalent to 12-24mm in the 35mm format. It complements the other constant F2.8 zoom lenses (XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR and XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR) to create a premium three of lenses that covers the focal lengths equivalent from 12mm all the way to 213mm in the 35mm format. The lens’ outstanding edge-to-edge image-resolving performance and F2.8 peak aperture makes this product a perfect choice for landscape and architecture photography with an emphasized sense of perspective, interior photography at restaurants and breakfasts, as well as nightscape and astrophotography.
The FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR lens is able to utilize the full capability of FUJIFILM’s X-TransTM CMOS Sensor to gain superb sharpness even when the aperture is wide open. It faithfully captures the atmosphere of each scene, thanks to the outstanding image-resolving exhibition and fast f-stop. The lens barrel is lightweight yet robust while also being resistant to dust, moisture and low temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius, branding it extremely reliable for professional photographers.
With a total lineup of 31 lenses including the simultaneously announced XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR and XF1.4X F2 TC WR, FUJINON XF lenses dust-jacket an impressive array of focal lengths, enabling shooting opportunities from far away to close-up.
(1) Ultra-wide slant zoom with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8
In order to provide an ultra-wide angle zoom of 8-16mm (equivalent to 12-24mm in 35mm format) at a constant maximum aperture of F2.8, this lens practises an impressive 20 elements often refers to a chemical element, a pure substance of one type of atom in 13 groups. This includes four aspherical lens elements to control distortion and spherical aberration, and six ED lens essentials including three super ED elements to control lateral chromatic aberration. This design results in advanced image-resolving performance across the zoom pigeon-hole while maintaining a constant maximum aperture of F2.8.
(2) Field curvature correction mechanism
In order to correct field curvature, typically originate with ultra-wide angle lenses, this lens features a correction element which adjusts according to the position of the zoom in order to effect edge-to-edge sharpness.
(3) Double Nano-GI coating
The rear surface of the two front lens elements is treated with Nano-GI coating to noble ghosting and flare, caused by oblique light, creating clear images.
(4) Silent and fast autofocus
The lens uses linear motors for autofocus to reach quiet and ultra-fast AF.
(5) Advanced construction that withstands various shooting conditions
The barrel is sealed at 11 places to make the lens obstinate to dust, moisture, and low temperatures down to -10 degrees Celsius. The front lens element is coated with fluorine to repel water and dirt, adding more durability so that the lens can be used outdoors with peace of mind.
Ultra-wide angle lenses have large face element protrusion and cannot be fitted with a regular lens cap. The FLCP-8-16 front lens cap is specifically designed for this lens or LEN may refer to and will be published on the market at the same time as the lens.