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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Review

John Riley reviews the new Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR wide-angle, bright prime lens, for X-Mount cameras.


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Fujifilm XF 18mm F1,4R LM WR Front Oblique View

Fujifilm is becoming stronger and stronger contenders in a very demanding marketplace, forging ahead with interesting new lenses that perform extremely well. The new Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR for APS-C format (giving a “35mm equivalent” field of view of 27mm) is interesting and unusual in that it has that fast maximum aperture, and for once is a lens that manages also to be relatively compact. So many lenses are becoming enormous, sometimes dwarfing the cameras they are used with, that this is a refreshing change. So it all depends on performance, and we couple it with the 26.1MP Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless body to put it through its paces.

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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR Handling and Features

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1,4R LM WR On X S10

The lens is relatively compact and weighs in at a modest 370g. This fits well with the Fujifilm X-S10 mirrorless body, balancing nicely in the hand.

There is a plastic bayonet fit lens hood provided that fits smoothly and positively into position. There is no locking catch, nor is one needed as there is no tendency for the hood to work loose. Within the bayonet fit is a standard 62mm filter thread.

The manual focusing ring is broad and has a good grip. Being electronic, it is also utterly smooth in operation. Focusing is down to 0.2m or 7.9 inches, giving a maximum magnification of 0.15x. This is usefully close, although not as close as a macro lens would be. There is no distance scale nor is there a depth of field scale.

The aperture ring is delightful to use, Fujifilm being it would seem the masters of the aperture ring. The one-third of a stop detentes (click-stops) are perfect as is the positioning of the locking catch that enables the ring to be set on A so that the camera can control the aperture. Some lenses suit use of an aperture ring and this is one of them, the fingers of the left hand falling naturally on the ring, leaving the right hand to just release the shutter.

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1,4R LM WR Vertical View

Optical construction is 15 elements in 9 groups, including 3 aspherical and one ED (Extra-low dispersion). The diaphragm has 9 blades for improved, smooth bokeh. Fujifilm's EBC multi-coating works flawlessly as always.

AF is achieved using a linear motor, which is fast, accurate and virtually silent. Focus is very fast and reliable. The lens is also Weather Resistant. This has now become so important, especially for any lens that might well be used extensively for travel. There is no OIS in the lens, this being the purview of the camera body.

Some lenses gel with the camera and this results in excellent ergonomics such as we find here. Tastes have also moved more and more towards wider lenses, so whereas at one time 35mm-equivalent would have been considered a “wide standard”, the 27mm-equivalent of this lens fits in very well with current image-making. It works well with a wide variety of subjects, aided by the close focusing and the wide f/1.4 aperture. That aperture should not be under-estimated as it allows for selective focus despite the inherent large depth of field that an 18mm lens offers.

 


Fujifilm XF 18mm F1,4R LM WR Rear Oblique View


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Comments


saltireblue Plus
11 12.0k 75 Norway
15 Jun 2021 4:41PM
Kilcaff 16 51 England
16 Jun 2021 12:57PM
Outstanding lens and great focal length.
No newer fuji lens has distance scale/dof scale so these aren't really cons for the lens for most users, if you're a fuji user I'd consider this 5 and not 4.5 star
leftj 4
16 Jun 2021 1:55PM
The Fuji XF 18mm f 1.4 is not a 35mm equivalent. It is a 27mm equivalent. How can anyone trust a review with glaring errors like this.
John
16 Jun 2021 2:10PM

Quote:whereas at one time 35mm-equivalent would have been considered a “wide standard”, the 27mm-equivalent of this lens fits in very well with current image-making.


I think this is the section that leftj is referring to. This sentence is accurate and it means that once upon a time on full frame a 35mm lens would have been considered a wide standard, whereas now the 27mm would be happily accepted as our tastes have become wider. This 18mm lens is therefore very acceptable now as a wide standard for many people, being the 27mm-equivalent referred to.
leftj 4
16 Jun 2021 2:23PM
Nope. The reviewer clearly stated this lens is an 35mm equivalent. It is not. It is a 27mm equivalent.
John
16 Jun 2021 2:29PM
I can see nowhere I say that John, so do please highlight the place you are looking at, it would be much appreciated.
leftj 4
16 Jun 2021 2:50PM
My mistake! I didn't read your whole sentence thoroughly. Please accept my apologies.
John
16 Jun 2021 3:02PM
Not a problem, thanks John.

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