ePhotozine: Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Review


The Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR has been getting a lot of praise lately, but it still might be a hard sell to XF16mm f/1.4 owners like myself that really enjoy the manual focus ring design of the XF16. I do not think there is any doubt that the XF18 is a great lens as ePhotozine and others have stated, but I prefer the design of the XF16mm myself.

An 18mm lens on APS-C format is not unheard of, as there are compact cameras around with fixed 18.3mm f/2.8 lenses. In fact, the focal length is quite versatile, offering landscape, travel, architecture and street as its main areas. This new lens does however also lift itself into something else entirely by way of its outstanding technical performance plus its bright, fast f/1.4 maximum aperture. This alone makes the outlay worthwhile and Fujifilm users will I’m sure be delighted by its performance.

It is not only technical performance that recommends this lens, but also very fine handling. There are not many controls, but everything is smooth as silk and the lens is a very enjoyable ergonomic experience.

In summary, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR is another outstanding lens from Fujifilm and Highly Recommended.

Pros

  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Very low CA
  • Modest vignetting
  • Virtually no distortion
  • Well made
  • Fast and quiet AF
  • Excellent aperture ring
  • Weather resistance
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Compact lens

Cons

  • Not inexpensive
  • No distance scale
  • No depth of field scale

Fujinon XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR: B&H Photo / Amazon /Adorama
Fujinon XF16mm f/1.4 WR: B&Hphoto  / Amazon / Adorama

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