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Upcoming Fuji 16-55mm F/2.8 To Feature OIS Afterall?

By Anthony Thurston on December 13th 2014

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.

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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.

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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. 

[via Fuji Rumors]

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.

5 Comments

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  1. adam sanford

    Story title has a typo, FYI.

    IS on a standard f/2.8 zoom would be adored by Canon and Nikon users. Both of their FF mounts don’t have a native (first party) 24-70 f/2.8 IS option, and folks have to use a good but not great Tamron alternative.

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  2. Brandon Dewey

    I wish nikon would make a 16-55mm F/2.8.

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    • adam sanford

      Canon has a f/2.8 IS standard zoom, but only for crop shooters. They offer an EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS, and strangely enough, it’s all but forgotten by Canon users (it’s rarely discussed and few rave about it, it was horribly overpriced for a long time).

      I’d guess the reason for this is that crop shooters with good money to spend on glass wisely future-proof their standard zoom buys to not trap them if they want to move to FF someday. So they put FF L-series glass on their crop bodies — either 24-something zooms or 16-35/17-40 UWA zooms, which ‘crop-up’ to near standard zoom focal lengths.

      As for a *FF* 16-55 lens, keep holding your breath. Greater than 3x multipliers on zooms are common, but are rarely attempted on ultrawides. All the best UWA zoom lenses have minimal multipliers, like 1.5x – 2x.

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    • Jason Markos

      I’m assuming mean for FF Brandon? The 17-55mm F/2.8 for DX is great.

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    • Brandon Dewey

      Yes Jason I mean a FF 16-55. I have the Nikon 16-35 F/4 and love it for landscapes but some time I need extra stops of light when I take it inside and the F/4 usually doesn’t cut it.

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