Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: Wide open, it is sharp and bitingly so when stopped down.

Roel takes the XF 18-55mm to the Bahamas and slaps it on his X-Pro1:

The Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS zoom lens is a fine addition to the X camera system.   Fujifilm has a long history of building lenses with high optical quality and it shows.  Having used the initial (and excellent) three prime lenses for the X cameras during the past year, I was curious to see how this (first) zoom would perform.

It did not disappoint.

I know that I have referred to the 18-55mm as a “kit” lens, however, the word “kit” does not do it justice.  It is as good (or better) than any “kit” lens on the market and holds its own against Fujifilm’s prime lenses. 

One thing that caught my immediate attention is that this lens is f/2.8-4 wide open (depending on the focal length).  For a variable aperture lens, it is fairly fast and probably the fastest “kit” lens on the market. Wide open, it is sharp and bitingly so when stopped down.  I have included several sample images in this article and if you click on one, you can see a larger version.

Pros
excellent build quality
fast for a variable aperture lens (f/2.8 to f/4)
focus ring is dampened nicely
aperture ring feels solid with discreet 1/3 stop settings
sharp, even wide open
incredibly sharp when stopped down
OIS works well
AF is extremely quiet in operation
the petal lens hood is an improvement over the previous ones made by Fujifilm

Cons
the $US 699.99 price tag might put some people off
Linear Motor provides adequate AF speed, but I expected it to be faster

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