XF 18-135 vs XF 18-120

Started Oct 6, 2022 | Discussions thread
OP Atsel Regular Member • Posts: 300
Re: XF 18-135 vs XF 18-120

MarcosV wrote:

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?

Yes, comparison of 16-80 vs 18-120 on body with IBIS would be nice too. I find stabilization with my 18-135 especially good at telephoto focal lengths though. I suspect that 18-120 will be not that good in 80-120mm range.

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 wouldn't even try to zoom 18-135mm lens while recording because its zoom ring is quite stiff.

Once I had an option to test 16-55mm lens for a couple of days. I took it in my hands... And gave it back immediately It was the time when 35/1.4 and 18/2 lenses were mainstream so maybe today with bulkier lenses overall my perception could change. Speaking of 16-55mm I find it too large for what it is though. Fujinon 18-135mm lens is also larger than counterpart lenses from Sony and Canon, so there might be some design advantage in these Fuji lenses (bokeh?..).

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.

My Panasonic Leica 100-400mm lens didn't see much use yet too. It is so much smaller than gigantic Fujinon 100-400mm and 150-600mm lenses that I see Micro Four Thirds system as a separate option for telephoto lenses.

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