Post Firmware 3.12: A new lens

Started Apr 6, 2015 | User reviews thread
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Jason Haven Regular Member • Posts: 312
Post Firmware 3.12: A new lens
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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 lens's true potential shows. I'm now getting sharp images across the board with OIS on or off, and it's like a brand new lens for me. Kudos to Fuji for fixing an issue that (from what I can tell, only) some users were experiencing.

In general, it's a compact standard zoom, with relatively decent speed. It has decent center sharpness in the center wide open, and stopping down increases the sharpness across the board. It's about as compact as most kit lenses, though not a pancake/powerzoom style. It's relatively light, compared to many regular kit lenses as well. This is a perfect example of a middle ground between entry level kit (16-50mm f3.5-5.6) and a large premium zoom (16-55mm f2.8). This sort of middle ground (compact and high quality) is what many users are looking for.

 Jason Haven's gear list:Jason Haven's gear list
Fujifilm X-Pro2 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R Fujifilm XF 23mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 56mm F1.2 R +4 more
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS
Zoom lens • Fujifilm X • 16276479
Announced: Sep 6, 2012
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4.5
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3.5
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