Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS

Announced Sep 6, 2012 •
Zoom lens | Fujifilm X

I ended up with a bad copy of this lens. My 18mm f2 and 35mm f.14 are MUCH sharper than anything I can get out of this lens. Tested it on a solid tripod with OS off and it's still soft, even stopped down to f5.6/f8. I'm a professional photographer so I know how to get sharp images (I have no issues like this from any of the dozens of other lenses I own in nikon or fuji mount) and this copy simply won't do it. I'm not being super picky, this lens is just really bad. I did a quick "decentering" ...

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This lens was definitely a solid piece of glass before the firmware, but I, like some users, had problems with OIS, either resulting in soft images during fast shutter speeds, or soft images at slower shutter speeds because the OIS didn't work as well as you'd think it should. But even the "soft" images from this lens beat competing kit lenses. When I say "soft" I mean compared to the lens with OIS off, and at appropriate shutter speeds. After firmware 3.12, my OIS issues are gone, and this ...

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Beat Traveller
 

I got this lens for free with the X-E1 and overall I would say it offers excellent value. The build quality is generally very good, the lens is quite solid without being excessively front heavy. The zoom action is very smooth; unfortunately the same can't be said for the manual focus ring which has a dreadful throw. The aperture ring is a bit loose and can be turned by accident: for this reason I always turn the camera off when it goes in my bag. Image quality is fairly consistent across most ...

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OnCam
 

One of the best zooms i've every used, focus is super quick & silent, image stability is second to none. Nice metal & solid feel, aperture ring is awesome to use. This is no "kit lens" its quality plus!! Comes with decent shaped plastic hood, would prefer a nice metal one but cant complain. Does zoom creep a tiny bit when carrying over your shoulder. This has been a work horse already, so nice that its hard to take off even for the stunning fuji primes. Very Versatile!! for landscapes to ...

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I shoot with the big guns for clients, but for my personal projects and street work, I'm now using the Fuji X system. I am very impressed with the 18-55 Fuji zoom. It is generally quite sharp throughout the zoom range for a given aperture.  At 35mm, the 18-55 may not be quite up to the level of the Fuji 35mm prime (which I also have), but overall the 18-55 does very well.  At 23mm, well... keep reading :-O.  This lens is a bargain when you consider the build quality, image stabilization, ...

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Dietr
 

I have owned the Canon 7d and 17-55 2.8 combo twice.  Both times the 17-55 2.8 was stellar and did not disappoint.  But at more then $1000 for just the lens, I would have been very angry if it was anything less.  The Fuji 18-55 lacks the constant aperture of 2.8, but it is less then half the size and close FAR less money.  However, as sharp as the Canon 17-55 was, I think that the Fuji is just a little sharper.  I loved the Bokeh that the Canon lens gives, not as nice as a FF but pretty good ...

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uray
 

Best "kit" lens at all: good aperture optimal size working stabilization fast AF excellent image quality high build quality ... Print size A3+  without problems - excelent quality

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cuelho1
 

I love this lens. Sharp, optical stabillisation and relatively fast compared to most other kit zooms, the main reason I bought the XE1. If you can only have one lens for all occasions, this should be it. Problems: A bit wider and longer would be great.

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