XF 18-135 vs XF 18-120

Started Oct 6, 2022 | Discussions thread
MarcosV Veteran Member • Posts: 6,525
Re: XF 18-135 vs XF 18-120

Atsel wrote:

Currently I have 18-135mm lens for my Fujifilm X-S10 camera.

I consider changing it for the new 18-120mm powerzoom lens. I see smooth zooming as its main advantage.

Another important aspect is image stabilization quality on cameras with IBIS.

From first look, OIS in 18-135mm lens give it an advantage. But from my experience, 18-55mm lens and prime lenses like Sigma 16/1.4 and Fujinon 18/2 give smoother footage handheld at wide angles than 18-135mm lens on X-S10 camera. That's why I search for a comparison between 18-135mm and 18-120mm lenses or some first-hand experience. Maybe it is too early though and nobody has 18-120mm lens yet.

If you like to shoot video and use a camera with IBIS, I think the 18-120 is a great choice for zooming while recording.  Constant f/4 is also very nice.

I am not sure there will be very many who will directly compare the 18-135 to the 18-120 given how old the 18-135 is.   Maybe an 18-135 vs. 16-80 and then a 16-80 to 18-120 comparison might give you the information you are looking for?

My 18-135 was the first Fujifilm lens I gave away back in 2018.  I much rather use the 16-55/2.8 on an X-H1 with IBIS than the 18-135 with its noticeably variable max aperture while you zoom.

I'm personally toying with buying the 18-120 to replace my 16-80.  Another option I am considering is saving up for a 150-600 instead --- got to use my 100-400 more often to "justify" the 150-600.   COVID years had really gotten me out of the habit of going outside and shooting with telephoto lenses.

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