The Fujifilm XF 18mm F2 R is a 'pancake-style' lens that offers an equivalent focal length of 27mm on Fujifilm's X-series interchangeable lens cameras. One of the three prime lenses announced at the system's inception, the XF 18mm features a physical aperture ring which operates in 1/3 steps. Optical construction comprises eight elements in seven groups, including two aspherical elements. It also features a 7-bladed aperture diaphragm with rounded blades for attractive out of focus areas.
Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2.0 Lens
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|Lens type||Prime lens|
|Max Format size||APS-C / DX|
|Focal length||18 mm|
|Lens mount||Fujifilm X|
|Number of diaphragm blades||7|
|Special elements / coatings||2 aspherical element|
|Minimum focus||0.18 m (7.09″)|
|Full time manual||Unknown|
|Weight||116 g (0.26 lb)|
|Diameter||65 mm (2.56″)|
|Length||41 mm (1.61″)|
Is it because my expectations are high, that this lens does not impress me much. I know many ppl are willing to sell this lens away and this is one fuji lens I would not buy. I guess expectations are high when you are expected to use it with a highly priced X pro1, thus many ppl are unsatisfied. On the other hand though it is true this lens is not as favorable as fuji's 35mm f1.4, this lens is not as bad as most criticism claims. It all goes down to what you expect.
This is my first prime lens with the X series, and it was chosen primarily to complement the small profile of the X-E1. It's hardly a pancake lens, and at best only fits in a large coat pocket; but more importantly its small enough to avoid being attention grabbing. The build quality is pretty solid. Manual focusing with fly-by-wire does feel rather slow and unrealistic compared to real manual control, but the marked aperture ring is a brilliant feature (even if it is also fly-by-wire). The ...
i use it mainly for streets. i know this lens is not edge-to-edge sharp wide open and i don't mind as i don't take landscapes with it. my use is solely people, street and portraits. and, its small size, fast focus helps me achieve nice candid photos out in streets. also it helps in indoor for the fast f/2 aperture. after firmware upgrade focusing became faster. i like my 18mm. it use it on my x-m1 and 95% of my photos are taken with this lens.
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