Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens
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If you haven’t updated your Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens to the latest firmware version — don’t. Fujifilm has suspended the update, firmware Ver.1.30, because it causes exposure abnormalities under certain circumstances. For those who have already installed the update, which was released in late January 2024, Fujifilm has released an “emergency countermeasure firmware,” Ver.1.31.

What went wrong?

In a statement posted to the product support page on February 1, Fujifilm explains, “In Ver. 1.30 released on January 22, 2024, it was confirmed that the exposure of images taken with certain focal length and aperture value combinations became abnormal. For this reason, the firmware download has been suspended.”

The Ver. 1.30 upgrade was intended to improve exposure tracking during zoom operation when using the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens with certain Fujifilm cameras. These include X-H2S , X-H2, X-T5, X-T4, X-T3, X-S20 and X-S10.

However, it seems the updated features did not perform as expected. Instead of improving exposure tracking, the Ver.1.30 update only caused new problems. As a result, Fujifilm decided to halt downloads.

Can you still use your Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens?

The short answer is yes. You can still use your Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 lens, even if you updated to the ill-fated Ver.1.30 firmware. Aside from issues with exposure at certain camera settings, no other performance issues have been reported.

If you haven’t updated your lens already, the easiest solution is to stick with the previous version of the firmware, Ver.1.20. On the other hand, if you do have the Ver.1.30 firmware installed, you’ll want to update your lens again to firmware Ver.1.31.

Ver.1.31 simply removes the features added in Ver.1.30, essentially reverting the camera back to Ver.1.20. The new firmware is available on the Fujifilm support page.

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