I thought it would be interesting to see how the Fuji XF 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR Fujinon zoom lens compares to the Fuji XF 23mmmm f1.4 Fujinon prime lens, for me the sharpest lens in the Fuji range. So I shot a set of comparisons, ISO 200 both at f/2.8 and above is the result of one of these. At this aperture the zoom is probably at it's worst and the prime getting close to it's best. As you can see it's very close. At severe pixel peeping the 23mm may just shade it, particularly in the corner comparison, but for a zoom it's a pretty good result.
I've been very fulsome in my praise of the 16-55mm f/2.8 and I thought it would be nice to back this up with an example. This is a lens I bought to review and sell on, but it's going to hard to get it out the door I suspect. It might also be a problem for my other Fuji lenses as I don't see them getting much use in the near future!! These f/2.8 pro spec zooms are supposed to be good and the Fuji example proves that. I've used the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 extensively in the past and it's a good lens, but it did always go a bit soft in the corners.
The 16-55mm is a step on from that as well as being wider and faster. (Oh and double the price!!) It is a very fine lens and because of what it offers I would go so far as to say, for me, it's Fuji's best lens. I'm not the only one to mention this, but those wedding photographers who have 'gone Fuji' are going to absolutely love this and probably use it as their primary lens. Add in the fact that it's a wider range than most of the 'FF' 24-70mm's and you have a VERY useful lens that covers everything from wide-angle to a very handy portrait lens. It's early in the year but this is definitely in the lead for Soundimageplus lens of the year and if it was released last year it would have won for 2014.
Once again I'm very impressed. Now I wonder how it would look on that X-Pro 2 with a 24MP sensor??