Back at Photokina, it was revealed that the upcoming 16-55mm F/2.8 lens from Fujifilm would not feature OIS (Optical Image Stabilization). Fujifilm cited weight and image quality as reasons for not including OIS on that model.
Fuji shooters have complained and made it known that they want OIS on the 16-55mm and it looks like maybe, just maybe, Fujifilm has listened and added OIS despite just months ago stating it would not have OIS.
FujiRumors spotted this interesting tidbit from the latest Fuji X-Shooter magazine which mentions the 16-55mm F/2.8 OIS. This could be a typo, and honestly most likely is, but it could also mean that Fuji changed their minds after hearing user feedback. Fuji is known for listening to their customers, so it’s not outside the realm of possibility that they heard the outcry for OIS in the 16-55mm and decided to add it back.
OIS on a lens as wide as 16mm seems like overkill, but when you then consider that the lens also goes out to 55mm, the OIS seems more useful. Personally, if it doesn’t add too much to the cost, I say go ahead and add it.
That said, the chances are really high this was just a typo. I would imagine adding OIS would involve completely redesigning sections of the lens and casing – which would likely add time until the lens comes out.
What are your thoughts? Do you think that this was a typo, or did Fuji change their plans based on user feedback? Would you like the 16-55mm to feature OIS? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.