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Fujifilm Updates Kit Lenses with OIS II | New 16-50mm & 55-230mm Announced

By Anthony Thurston on January 15th 2015

In addition to the new X-A2, Fujifilm announced updates this morning to their kit 16-50mm and 55-230mm lenses. Headlining the update, the debut of Fuji’s second generation stabilization technology, OIS II.


Both lenses will be available as kit options for the new X-A2, with availability most likely at some point in February. The interesting note regarding these lenses, which is no different from their previous models, is the lack of an aperture ring. If you are new to Fuji, it is worth noting that these lenses do not have an aperture ring like the higher end Fuji lenses do.

That means changing your aperture with the control dial on the camera, much like you are likely already used to on your SLR. It is worth noting though, just because it is different from other Fuji lenses you may have looked at.


The new 16-50mm lens features a 15cm minimum focus distance, making it great for beginners looking to give macro photography a try, or for anyone who likes to get close to their subjects.

The OIS II that I mentioned earlier, according to the Fujifilm literature, should be good for up to 3.5 stops of stabilization. Certainly not the best I have seen, but still a very welcome improvement and addition to these two entry level Fuji lenses.

Neither lens is currently available for pre-order, but as mentioned above, they should be available come February. Sample images and full specs information is available over on the Fujifilm website.

[via Fujifilm]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Rafael Steffen

    I will buy a Fuji the day they make a FX sensor camera!

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  2. Hans photoWerks

    Tempting…. Fuji is slowly making good moves…

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  3. aaron febbo

    how do you like your fuji compared to your canon gear ?

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  4. aaron febbo

    yeah some of the primes can be expensive but if you compare them to say.. canon L series glass things can get crazy expensive. The 56 1.2 which is basically an 85 1.2 is half the price of the canon 85 1.2 not to mention its newer technology. Im a canon shooter but have long contemplated switching to a fuji system. Guess im just too lazy to try to sell my stuff and go throughthe whole process.

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  5. aaron febbo

    Fuji has been making some big steps along with sony to bring their brands up. Brands like these that offer good products at great deals make it easier for those who what to get into photography with decent gear without it costing them tons! Keep it comin fuji

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    • Timothy Harris Jr.

      The only problem with Fuji is that as soon as you want a decent prime, those cheap costs go out the window. Mind you, I love my fuji glass, but the price point will scare many beginners away.

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