Advice on XF18mmF2R needed

Discussion in 'Fuji X Forum' started by seukel, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

    Oct 31, 2012

    as far I understand the XF18mm lens is generally considered as being not so good as the XF35 or Xf60 mm lenses. It is, however, a very light and small lens, which means that it could be very convenient in combo with the X-E1. The 18-55 zoom is of course only slightly slower and has IS, but is bigger and heavier. Together with the 18mm lens the x-e1 could easily be carried in a coat pocket, I think. What's your experience of the optical quality, AF-speed etc of the 18mm? Is it worth the candle?

  2. Pelao

    Pelao SC All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    I think the key part of the question is the phrase "not so good". The 18 isn't as stellar as the other two, but in my experience its more about the 35 and 60 being so good. I've been very happy with the 18. It focuses very quickly, and I think only serious pixel peeping will reveal anything amiss.
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  3. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    It's every bit "as good" as my Nikon 28mm G series and my Nikon 28mm AI-S. Is as good as the Nikon 24mm F1.4 G. Nope? That lens costs $1500. For it's price it's one of the best 28mm (equivalent) lenses I've ever used. The 35mm and 60mm are just incredible lenses when you figure in the price. Optically, they really should cost about $300-$400 more than they do. I use the 18mm Fuji all the time. Great lens.
  4. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I don't use mine much but when I do I'm more than happy with it too :)
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I only have the 18 and 35. I have more of a wide angle eye, so I use the 18 about 90% of the time with this camera. I guess its not perfect, but you have to do some pretty serious pixel peeping to see much wrong with it. I love it. Fastest AF of the X-lenses so far too, although I'd expect the new zoom and 14mm to change that.

  6. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    No personal experience here, but I remember Thom Hogan saying the the worst Fuji X lens (18) was as good as the best native lens available on a competing system. :tongue:
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  7. seukel

    seukel SC Rookie

    Oct 31, 2012
    Thank you all for your input. Now I just have to figure out which prime lens to get together with the zoom (two would exceed my means). The 35 mm for its stellar IQ or the 18 mm for its smaller size and faster AF. :confused:
  8. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    everyone is different, but since the zoom will be the fastest focusing of the bunch, I'd go with the 35, but then I just LOVE that focal length. For me it's a more normal everyday focal length. I don't do "wide" as often. Whichever one you choose, you will have a great lens. :wink: