Fujifilm X-T2 and XF16-55 f/2.8 is now my most favorite camera lens bundle


After switching to Fuji system I was using Fuji prime lens dedicatedly, but after few months I feel to have a pro zoom lens. Sometimes I faced situation where I don’t want to change prime, and when you’re in travel and the shooting style is not pre-determined then it is really problem. For example, in some of my travel I only used XF 16mm f/1.4 lens. Its a great lens to take landscape and evening shoot for its aperture. But sometimes when I want to give priority a kind of portrait then its failed. Who want to switch lenses in busy moment.

XT2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8 : 17mm | ƒ/11 | 3s | ISO 100
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So why I didn’t buy the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 at first time instead bought XF 16mm f/1.4 . The main reason, I was afraid of weight. As I used to use Canon 5D Mark III and EF 24-70 f/2.8 II lens long time, I knew how much trouble I faced during travel to carry that setup. In Fuji system, the XF 18-55 f/2.8-4.0 also a nice intermediate lens, but if you take some portraiture shot and compare it with the pro lens you can differentiate the quality. So I was not happy on that lens. Also in my X-T2 camera, I found the XF 18-55 f/2.8-40 is kind of slower compare to prime lens.

XT2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8 :  55mm | ƒ/2.8 | 1/950s | ISO 200
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After lots of thinking and using some prime lens, I decided lets try the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 pro zoom lens. Yes, its bigger than others, but in my travel I don’t need to carry other lens which is a big plus. And the whole day I can carry my X-T2 and XF 16-55mm f/2.8 on my shoulder without any pain. So I am very happy using this lens. Overall I love this lens. I don’t regret to use prime lens instead of my pro zoom. I also have 2 prime lenses, when I want to travel really light I carry my X-T20 and XF 23mm f/2.0 lens. And when I took portraiture I use my X-T20 with XF 56mm f/1.2. Normally when I go in long travel, I carry both of my camera one with me, and one stayed in my main luggage. Normally in hotel where I stay, sometimes I took specific portraiture shot and then I use X-T20 with XF 56mm f/1.2. But in most situation my X-T2 with XF 16-55mm f/2.8 solved all kinds of situation.

XT2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8 : 34.2mm | ƒ/11 | 14s | ISO 200
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So the weights:

  • Fujifilm X-T2 + XF 16mm f/1.4              = 882g  [ I was used it mainly ]
  • Fujifilm X-T2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8      = 1162g [ Now this is my main setup, which is 280g heavier than my prime setup ]

I sold my XF 16mm f/1.4 as I no longer will be using that lens, though that was a super lens.

XT2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8 : 16mm | ƒ/11 | 1/170s | ISO 200
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So currently I have:

  • Fujifilm X-T2
  • Fujifilm X-T20
  • Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8
  • Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2.0
  • Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2

XT2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8 : 16mm | ƒ/2.8 | 1/210s | ISO 200
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One of my sunset shot

XT2 + XF 16-55mm f/2.8 : 35mm | ƒ/8 | 1/280s | ISO 200
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mahmud ahsan

Computer programmer and hobbyist photographer from Bangladesh, lives in Malaysia. My [Github | Business | Twitter | Linkedin | Instagram | 500px]

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1 Comment

  • Alex
    August 9, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    I have quite similar combo as you except I don’t have X-T2. I have X-T20, 14mm f2.8, 35mm f2.0 and 56mm f1.2. I think maybe I will sell the 14mm and then get the 16-55mm f2.8 zoom lens.

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