I saw this post on The Phoblographer and it reminded me that I should probably write something about this lens, seeing how mine just came in a little over a week ago:
I can't say that I had the reaction that they did when they said it, 'I personally am not a major fan of the way it feels. To be fair though, I say this about every single zoom lens.' - I was honestly pretty impressed with its feel.
This this is freaking heavy. Well, compared to every other Fuji lens I've been using. I don't have the 70-200 equivalent lens, I don't really have a use for it, but those that do have said that its a beast as well. It's way heavier than the others, its bulky, but that's OK. You can't get a solid f/2.8 all the way through the focal range without some sort of compromise, and this is just physics, the opening for the light has to be a minimum diameter.
I've only used it a handful of times this past week, it's been a busy week of production and I am not one to ditch equipment I know and trust just to try out new stuff during real shoots. I'd much rather ease into it, get to know how it works, know its strengths and weaknesses, and then use it during normal production. That's just me though, others like to just jump right in. I've eased into it by doing 3 shoots with it exclusively, and one small family video shoot.
Preliminary conclusion, it's a winner. I come from the Nikon world where the 24-70mm f/2.8 was a workhorse. It had great color reproduction, was fast and quiet, and was super-dependable. It appears that the Fuji 16-55mm f/2.8 is the exact same thing. My images from this week looked great and the lens handled perfectly during those shoots. I'm very, very pleased with this lens.
I'll try and remember to post a follow-up in time with some examples.