XF 18 f2.0 Opinions from users.

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Les Lammers
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XF 18 f2.0 Opinions from users.
Apr 5, 2014

Those of you that have it please post your like/dislikes. I'm on the fence and have not found many images taken with it on the net.

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Its a quality lens at a very good price.  OK the autofocus may be slow compared to the newer lenses (14mm, 23mm etc) but it is still very useable.

Wide enough for landscapes, long enough to use on the street and lovely IQ.

Nice and light but very very well made.

In summary it may be one of the earlier XF lenses but it is still a very high quality piece of glass.

Early days for me but a couple of my favourite shots below...

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I like it well enough as a walk around lens. When the X-Pro first came out, I bought the 18 and the 35 and I probably had the 18 on the camera 95% of the time, maybe more. It's pretty fast for a wide angle at f2.0, so it's good in low light. It's really nice in the center wide open and gets better as you stop down a bit. The corners are really soft wide open. They get better stopped down than wide open, but never get that sharp. If that matters to you be aware - it doesn't really bother me in the least but some are sticklers for that kind of thing.

I used the lens for zone focus for a couple of years and got by with it OK, but I find the distance scale on the LCD and EVF really tough to read and to stop precisely at a particular distance. I MUCH prefer the clutch focus rings on the 14 an 23 for that kind of thing and miss it on the 18. I have a Nikon A at that focus length now and use it for street work and most 28mm shooting, so the 18 doesn't get a lot of use these days. But it's my favorite focal length and if I didn't have another alternative I liked more in some key ways, I'd still be using it a lot. I tend to go out with the 14 and 23 now and the 18 on the Nikon (which functionally doesn't really take up any more room in a bag than the 18 does). And some days I take the 50-230 when I think I might want some reach.

If I didn't have the Nikon A, I'd use the 18 a lot still. It's a far less amazing lens than the 14 or 23 or 56, or even the 35, but I still like it a lot. If you're not anal about corner sharpness I'd say it's a really good lens. If you are, probably not for you...

Here are a couple of samples:

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Nice shots Danny.

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Small and compact, sharp centre, good street lens.

Poor edges (high corrected distortion and ca) make a very average landscape lens.

Found my 18-55 sharper across frame at 18mm.

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Nice pics!

"It's pretty fast for a wide angle at f2.0, so it's good in low light. It's really nice in the center wide open and gets better as you stop down a bit. The corners are really soft wide open. They get better stopped down than wide open, but never get that sharp. If that matters to you be aware - it doesn't really bother me in the least but some are sticklers for that kind of thing."

Corners don't bother me at all. At the current prices it is a great deal for an f2.0 WA. I just doesn't get a lot of love and I think I'd rather have it than the WA X-100 accessory.

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Pros: fast autofocus, really lightweight and discreet, sharp centre, nice transition between OOF regions.

Cons: auto-corrected distortion meaning not sharp in the corners, sweet spot is about f5.6 so not exactly ideal for landscapes.

I use this as a walk around lens when it gets dark and inside restaurants, museums etc where I can't use flash. For those purposes it works very well.

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The weakiest X Lens with qite importantCA and rather soft bordres and corners

Rather noisy but fast AF

Very sharp in the center very small lght not intrusive a kind of ideal street shot lens

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Les Lammers wrote:

Corners don't bother me at all. At the current prices it is a great deal for an f2.0 WA. I just doesn't get a lot of love and I think I'd rather have it than the WA X-100 accessory.

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Les Lammers wrote:

Those of you that have it please post your like/dislikes. I'm on the fence and have not found many images taken with it on the net.

I like the 18mm and used it more when I first got my XPro1, now I usually have the 18-55mm with me.

Here are a few shots when I first got my XPro1 and was still learning to use it.

With the sale on I don't think you could go wrong.

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It`s an OK lens, nothing special IMHO. since owning the 23 and 35 I haven`t used it at all, in fact more often than not I don`t take it with me. The thing is if you pit it against other lenses of the same focal length(in either AP-c or FF) it holds up extremely well for sure but of course the 23/35 are just so good it does show up it`s weaknesses. For the price is good though.

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jabber54 wrote:

Les Lammers wrote:

Those of you that have it please post your like/dislikes. I'm on the fence and have not found many images taken with it on the net.

I like the 18mm and used it more when I first got my XPro1, now I usually have the 18-55mm with me.

Here are a few shots when I first got my XPro1 and was still learning to use it.

With the sale on I don't think you could go wrong.

Nice shots. Jordan Pond and the sunset from Cadillac Mtn in Acadia, and the lighthouse in south Portland. Recognize the spots!

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I use it as a general travel/street lens on my XE-1.

Here's a Flickr group on the 18mm. It may help you decide.

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Nice shots. Jordan Pond and the sunset from Cadillac Mtn in Acadia, and the lighthouse in south Portland. Recognize the spots!

Thanks! - I'm impressed with your recognition - small correction - Pemaquid Point Lighthouse not Portland.  I like both and visit both while I am up there but I think I favor Pemaquid because of those rocks that go right down into the water.

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Les Lammers wrote:

Those of you that have it please post your like/dislikes. I'm on the fence and have not found many images taken with it on the net.

The lens is not perfect, but it's more than worth the price of admission.  Period.

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jabber54 wrote:

Al Valentino wrote:

Nice shots. Jordan Pond and the sunset from Cadillac Mtn in Acadia, and the lighthouse in south Portland. Recognize the spots!

Thanks! - I'm impressed with your recognition - small correction - Pemaquid Point Lighthouse not Portland. I like both and visit both while I am up there but I think I favor Pemaquid because of those rocks that go right down into the water.

My mistake. I thought it was the lighthouse in south portland as i have seen that rock structure and reflection before and it is similar. I have shot in Acadia many times and often stayed in the blackwoods campground. I tried to shoot the lighthouse in portland once on my way home/south, but I got lost looking for the location and the locals seems to keep directing me the wrong way  i remember the frustration.

If you like hiking the hike to the too of both the bubble mountains, north of Jordan pond, has great views and photo ops. Look north and you get yo shoot eagle lake as well. I also hiked to the top of Cadillac Mountain. The hike to Gorham mountain is also really nice. bring a wide angle lens, including a fisheye, and you will be in for a treat.

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Hi,

Small and fast AF compared to the 35mm lens.

More of a portrait ( environmental ) of street lens than landscape lens. Since I got the 14mm I rarely use the 18mm anymore. I got used to getting close.

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I like mine. It came with my X-Pro1 as part of a deal and I've used it a fair bit. It's a good focal length for me. I'm not too bothered about corners. There's more to landscape photography than perfectly sharp things in the corners, and for my kind of stuff it's a perfectly good little lens.

it's small and light too, which never hurts.

Here are a few from my Flickr Stream (link at bottom for a couple more X-Pro1 photos)...

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