Fujifilm FUJINON XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS offering Up to 4 stops Optical Image Stabilizer and linear motor-driven system for high-speed autofocus

Overview

Description by Fujifilm:

This short zoom lens covers a range of frequently-used focal lengths from 18mm wide-angle to 55mm telephoto*. The lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspheric and 1 extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

Specifications
Initial Price: 
$700
Release Date: 
09/2012

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review at Photozone: You can't go wrong with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, if you can get a good sample. "

'A good sample'? I think this is the second review of this lens that mentions it..what's up with the QC Fuji? The anonymous reviewer from Photozone shares some more insight into this issue:

"The Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS may be the hottest reason to enter the Fuji system. It is amazingly sharp throughout the zoom and relevant aperture range. The amount of lateral CAs is generally quite low with the exception of 55mm @ f/4. The Fujinon is not without flaws, of course. Technically it suffers from a high barrel distortion at 18mm and the vignetting is a bit too high at max. aperture. However, these aspects are taken care of either by the camera itself or external RAW converters so you don't need to worry from a user perspective. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus) blur is pretty good for a standard zoom lens but it cannot rival the best prime lenses, of course. . . . read more

Fujifilm finally posts firmware updates for the X-E1, X-Pro1 cameras and the XF 35mm lens, hiccups reported by users.

Some quick notes on user reactions: Apparently the XF 35mm firmware upgrade makes the lens noisier in operation, at least that's what many people report.
The X-E1 update does not result in as dramatic AF speed improvements as the earlier X-Pro1 update did. The camera DOES focus more accurately now, especially with the 18-55mm kit lens, but many users claim it does so at the expense of speed. And finally, one big issue Fujifilm did not resolve is the much wanted minimum shutter speed at auto Iso setting. Finally, Rico Pfirstinger has posted some nice tips about firmware upgrading on Fujifilm bodies: . . . read more

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. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Patrick Leong at Finding Range: Image quality has the same wonderful characteristics as the other XF lenses.

The Lens was tested on the X-Pro1 and X-E1 bodes.

"Like I said in the beginning of this review: I’m stubborn, and stuck in my old ways.  I only like OVF’s.  I only like prime lenses.  But something about this zoom just made me go for it, and I’m really glad I did.  It retains all of the main attributes we all love about the the XF Series lenses, such as, beautiful contrast, color rendition, sharpness, and three-dimensional appeal but in a way that greatly expands the capability, and versatility of the X-Series mirrorless cameras.  Yeah, I can take a stand by saying that it’s a zoom, and I’m only a fixed focal length kind of guy but bottom line is that . . . read more

Fujifilm issues firmware ver. 1.1 for the Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.

This is the only fix provided in this release: "mitigate any high frequency noise from the optical image stabilization module which can very occasionally occur when the lens is used at extremely low temperatures"

Fujinon Super EBC XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens review at Photo Review

On the X-E1 body the review lens provides fast, quiet and smooth auto focusing, while also handling smoothly for manual focusing. It was possible to focus very accurately in manual mode, particularly with the viewfinder, although the monitor was also usable, despite its relatively low resolution. Subjective assessments of test shots showed them to be sharp across most of the frame. Image stabilization was reliable for up to three stops and able to be pushed a further stop (or more) if you're prepared to tolerate some misses.
Imatest showed it to be capable of matching – and at times exceeding – expectations for the X-E1's 16-megapixel sensor, with best performance between one and three f-stops smaller than the maximum aperture. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests at the four indicated focal lengths.
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Fujifilm announces two new X mount lenses.

The Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8 R and 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS are the latest additions to the X mount lens range, bringing the total lens count to 5. We'll expect these lenses to show the usual treats of Fujinon lenses, like excellent optics and robust build quality

Fuji Press Release

Expanding the FUJINON XF Lens line up for FUJIFILM’s X series interchangeable cameras

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is pleased to announce the launch of two new models to the FUJINON XF Lens range bringing the total number of lenses available to five, offering much broader photographic appeal. . . . read more

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