Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R

Last Updated (30 November’12):
– Review & Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R is a lightweight, compact wide-angle “pancake” lens that equivalent to 27mm in 35mm format and designed for Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera. It construction consists of 8 elements in 7 groups with 18 mm of focal length, maximum aperture f/2.0, angle of view up to 76.5°, and has minimum focus distance up to 7.09″ (18 cm). The lens also has 7 rounded diagram blades and filter size of 52 mm. It measures (Diameter x Length) Approx. 2.54 x 1.60″ (64.5 x 40.6 mm) and weight 4.09 oz (116 g).

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R Reviews

Ephotozine reviews the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R and writes;
“Optically this lens is capable of delivering superb clarity in the central portion of the frame when stopped down a little. It is a shame that sharpness levels drop off towards the edges of the frame, and doubly so that this optic suffers from noticeable chromatic fringing towards the edges of the frame.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Photozone reviews the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R and writes;
“The center performance is great throughout the mainstream apertures and the border quality is also very decent. However, the corner quality leaves something to be desired at f/2 and f/2.8. This may be acceptable given the typical applications at such large apertures though. The corner quality is technically pretty good at f/4 but due to some field curvature you should stop down to f/8 to achieve good results here.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

SLRGear reviews the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R and writes;
“Results for chromatic aberration were very good; there’s hardly any chromatic aberration to speak of, and it only becomes noticeable when the lens is stopped down to ƒ/16 or ƒ/22. When present, it will show as magenta fringing on areas of high contrast.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R and writes;
“Diffraction began to kick in at f/8 but resolution remained acceptably high at f.16 and produced acceptably sharp images. Corner softening was least visible at f/5.6, although corners remained fairly sharp at f/8 through to f/16.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Kenrockwell reviews the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R and writes;
“The Fuji XF 18mm f/2 ASPH is an extremely well made, sharp, low distortion wide-angle lens for the Fuji X-Pro1. Used properly, it can create extraordinary images.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R User Reviews

Stellar image quality
“Solid construction, but aperture ring is slightly looser than 35mm lens. 116g, light, 52mm thread (same as 35mm lens), Lens hood has rubber cap, Convenient external aperture ring, Manual focus ring well damp, Reasonably sharp wide open, less sharp than 35mm lens. Great image quality, colours, Beautiful bokeh but not much for a wide angle lens, No visible vignetting, Reasonable AF speed, faster than 35mm lens, Dust gets inside the lens easily” – By Parka
Rating: ★★★★★

My experience has been positive so far
“The reason is because you can get really close with this lens (.18m) and at f/2.0, you can have the subject separated from the background even at this wide angle; furthermore, the bokeh is creamy and pleasant when you get it right. When focusing very close, slight change in angle would create an interesting composition/perspective for your photos. I think I would be keeping this lens for those creative shots.” – By Ken
Rating: ★★★★★

Much better than “web wisdom” would lead you to believe
“Tack sharp in a wide central sweet spot wide open, excellent macro and microcontrast, fantastic color reproduction, small and light, with a wonderful manner of drawing… Every bit as good as some of the Leicas I own.” – By Nathan D Jedinak
Rating: ★★★★☆

This lens RULES
“I love this lens! You probably don’t need the 50mm lens, this thing and the 35mm F1.4 lens is probably all you need, I love this thing. I use it for street photography and it offers me some of the highest quality photos of any camera I’ve ever held. I love this lens and use it all the time, unfortunately it was the third lens I bought, I should bought it second, and then never bought the 50mm.” – By J. D. BROWN
Rating: ★★★★★

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Samples Images

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Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R User Manual (PDF)

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Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R Features

With bright f/2.0 maximum aperture, the Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R lens is a great lens for shooting in low light, while the 7 rounded diagram blades ensures users get pleasant bokeh (the out-of-focus portion of a photo). It makes this lens also perfect for street photography, landscapes, and interiors.

The lens construction includes a metal barrel, Super EVC coating which improves optical performance, and increasing the resolution from center-to-edge and brightness free from chromatic aberration. The lens also has a maximum magnification of 0.14x, and the aperture ring has 1/3-stop click stops for more precise exposures. The final lens element, positioned as close to the sensor as possible, makes the incidence angle of the light reaching the sensor smaller, and thus reduces vignetting and color shading, while helping to keep the lens’s overall size small.



+ Lightweight wide-angle 27mm (equivalent in 35mm format) “pancake” lens that focuses to 7.08″

+ Aspheric and ED elements to combat field curvature and chromatic aberration

+ Very bright f/2.0 maximum aperture for low-light work, interiors, and interiors, with pleasing out-of-focus backgrounds

+ Magnification of 0.14x

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