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Fujifilm XF 18-55 f/2.8-4R LM OIS : Specifications and Opinions


Fujifilm XF 18-55 f/2.8-4R LM OIS

The Fujifilm XF 18-55 f/2.8-4R LM OIS is a standard lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2012. The focus is done by Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 459 €;
170 users have given it an average vote of 9.4 out of 10.


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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Fujifilm X-mount: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Fuji.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   18-55 mm
 Angle of view   77.3 - 29.3°  (equivalent to a 27-83mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/2.8 - 4.0
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   14 elements in 10 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.30 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.15x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Lens AF motor (non-ultrasonic)
 Internal AF   No
 Full Time MF   No

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   58 mm
 Lens hood   Yes (not supplied)
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   310 g
 Dimensions   65 x 70 mm
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avatarsenior
sent on August 16, 2018

Pros: Decent image quality. Well built. Precise mechanics.

Cons: Aperture stops are not marked. Image Stabilising is mediocre. Not wide enough on the wide end and not long enough on the long end. And too dark at the long end.

Opinion: I have this lens for a test (second hand, about EUR 250, mint condition) and I may keep it until Fuji delivers the 16-80 lens promised for next year. I would not buy this lens new though - as local shops want over EUR 600 for a new one! Way too expensive compared to equal lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Tamron, etc. Basically lack of aperture marks and price are the disappointments but the quality of the images is good. So if you can get this lens cheap and you do not need aperture stops, then this is good optics. Warning: newer samples are said to be built outside Japan. The one I have is made in Japan.

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avatarjunior
sent on November 03, 2020

Pros: Small, light, well built.

Cons: Optical quality, autofocus.

Opinion: Small and light lens, well built. Well-clutched rings and great quality to the touch compared to the optical kits of other brands. Usually sold for free or almost with Fujifilm bodies. Stabilizer ok. Sharpness does not excel, especially at maximum opening. Overall optical quality at a minimum of disastrous focus distance. I don't know how it's possible but my copy also has a lot of maximum opening color aberrations, and that's very strange because they should be corrected in the room. Autofocus by my pretty slow standards, but it may depend on the body (X-T20). The diaphragm ring doesn't have the numbers printed on it. Generally rather disappointed.

avatarsenior
sent on September 11, 2020

Pros: Compact, light, crisp

Cons: lack WR

Opinion: Goal kit brighter than the competition. If the xf55200 had been WR I think I would have avoided buying f2.8 zooms, I would have been happier (given the weight and compactness) and would have saved a lot of money. Unfortunately after a year of use the internal lenses were full of dust, visible in the f11 shots, so I sold it to fund WR lenses.

avatarjunior
sent on April 21, 2020

Pros: Excellent build quality, sharpness, lightness, compactness

Cons: Loss of sharpness at maximum opening, not ideal for those who make videos, powder that slips into the dials

Opinion: With regard to this lens I heard so many words of praise that I influenced the purchase of my current body machine (which had it in kit, in fact). If, however, it is true that it is a kit objective with an extra gear, you should not pull the bar of expectations too high: its performance is not compatible with those of professional goals, as you often hear around. This is because its much-vaunted sharpness is higher than a normal kit lens, but fixeds of a certain level or professional zooms are another story. Moreover, at maximum opening, expect a rather marked drop of the same. Compared to its competitors, it is a classic 18-55 stabilized but offers an extra edge in the aspect of the opening (practically an extra stop) and the construction quality (entirely metal). If we exclude the MFT world, we can also add to the list the extreme compactness and lightness. Think that it manages to be perfectly balanced on an X-T20, a camera that in terms of weight and size could play in the same category (or almost) as smartphones. This compactness is paid for with a pronounced excursion to the outside of the inner barrel when used on the longer focals, but the excellent build quality makes sure that the structure remains stable and the excursion soft and without any clogging... but not exactly silent. If you find yourself making videos with this goal, remember not to zoom too fast if you don't want to hear the (albeit pleasant) whip of the barrel moving forward in the audio. And while you've avoided extreme focus changes, there's a pretty marked perspective distortion in the transaction. Another small feature is the fact that the dials have a texture of the right density to make you fit grains of dust that don't end. In general it is a product not without defects but certainly of high quality and can probably give you the best photos that you can take out from um lens belonging to the same category. Very happy with my choice to have taken it in kit, but I probably would not have bought it again separately, since it is still offered at a price that, honestly, is a bit high.

avatarjunior
sent on April 08, 2020

Pros: Construction, sharpness in the middle, stabilizer, size, value for money in the used.

Cons: full-opening edges.

Opinion: I have been trying this for two months, I have read a lot in this forum and also in the various reviews, I give my opinion with my example: after several tests at home and in daily use, I can say that it is a good optics at both 18 and 55 in the middle part has a good sharpness that becomes very high to diaphragms 5.6; its weak point are the edges, at full opening is nothing that, however at 5.6 recovers a lot and becomes very good, losing slightly to more closed diaphragms, excellent stabilizer, very good construction even if it is not tropicalized. The MTF data of the various American and German forums give me reason, but one thing everyone says: you have to find the good specimen, because actually there are specimens that do not have this yield and therefore the various comments of very disappointed users can find a reason, I can say that I was lucky. I highly recommend this zoom for the value for money in the used that currently twists, it's worth them all.




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