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Klicko Orange

Registered: April 2014
Posts: 3
Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R review by Klicko Orange
Review Date: 8/5/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 9 

Pros: size, price, quick focus and smooth bokeh
Cons: soft corners, color fringing

The strange collectible
A review of Fujifilm XF 18mm f2 R

Considered by many as as the bottom dweller in Fujifilm's hierarchy of lenses, the Fujifilm XF 18mm f2 R has some of tricks up its sleeves that make it worthy to be in your bag. Here are some of them:

1. Being the smallest 18mm ever made in itself makes the lens collectible. And since it is so diminutive it hardly occupies space in your bag. Being unobtrusive it makes the camera you mount it on less conspicuous.
2. Having an aperture of f/2 it serves up some tasty bokeh, something quite strange or at least unusual for a wide angle lens.
3. It focuses quickly and accurately, something that can't be said of all Fuji lenses.
4. It is currently the most affordable Fuji wide angle prime lens.

On the downside it never gets sharp at the corners even if you step down to the smaller apertures. There is some noticeable color fringing in back lit and/or high contrast areas in the corners of the frame. And if you use third party editing software, a heavy distortion that is kept under control by Fuji firmwares, will show up.

This makes the lens not ideal for architecture photography and big reunion pictures as the subjects on the sides end up soft or even unidentifiable. The flip side to this is that it is the perfect tool for street photography. And with its yummy bokeh is great for environmental portraits as it provides some nice separation between main subject, background and foreground. This also good for travel pictures where in you want to isolate a historical marker from the rest of the frame.

Yep, great stuff can leap out of small packages.

Registered: March 2009
Posts: 12
Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R review by PeteD
Review Date: 12/7/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $650.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: it's small and it's fast. Image quality is good.
Cons: some ca

This lens seems to get a bit of negative press.

Yes the image quality is only very good if not stellar. Some CA and the corners don't reach the levels of the centre. And yes the 35 f1.4 is optically better but given the 18f2 is small and fast it's a lens that sits on my xe1 a fair amount.

compared to the 35 f1.4 the 18 f2's autofocus is fairly snappy and reliable.

The lens hood works but is a pain to store.

Registered: December 2008
Posts: 31
Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R review by andre_
Review Date: 8/8/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $500.00| Rating: 9 

Pros: AF, bokeh
Cons: definition at f2, CA (but easily corrected in LR)

This 18mm is surprising for its out of focus quality, especially in the background.
The foreground is ok, for a wideangle.

The lens has a quite large amount of CA in the highlight's borders, but Lightroom is very effective to correct it.

Another drawback is the non-perfect planarity of the field. It becames evident below f4, apertures often used in order to take the best from the bokeh.

In one word, I don't think this 18mm is the best lens for landscapes.

It works surprisingly well for the street photography, indeed.
The AF is fast and precise, and the plasticity of the images helps a lot to focus the attention on the subject.
And despite the relatively low definition at the corners, it invites to shoot at large apertures.
An unusual feeling for a wide lens.

It's also very good for portraits, taken from a couple of meters or less. The geometrical distortion is extremely low.

The shadows and highlights are not so contrasted, and this lens takes the best from the X-Pro1 sensor, as well as the 35mm.

Colour rendition is neutral.

I use this lens alongside the 35/1.4, and I think I don't need anything else for the street photography.
Together the X-Pro1, these two lenses make a perfect and light gear.
For everything else... there's the DSLR.

Registered: February 2006
Posts: 7
Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R review by Powerdoc
Review Date: 6/8/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $500.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: very good IQ at avery aperture at the center.
Cons: Purple fringing, the corners are never as good as the center

It's not a landscape lens, at least, if you want to print at A2 or larger.
It's a very good lens for street photography.
It's the fastest AF lens in the current FX line.
The bokey is very nice, and it's very sharp at the center even wide open.


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