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Fujifilm18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens
 
4.3

(based on 30 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (20)
  • Easily interchangeable (12)
  • Nice bokeh (11)
  • Consistent output (9)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Low light (11)
  • Travel (6)
  • Night photography (5)
  • Everyday (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sharp with very little distortion

Love this lens,but...the design of the hood and lens cap is the worst I have seen. the cap that fits on the hood constantly falls off and you must remove the...Read complete review

Love this lens,but...the design of the hood and lens cap is the worst I have seen. the cap that fits on the hood constantly falls off and you must remove the hood to take the lens cap on or off. Pain in the butt, but the lens quality is so good I will live with it until I find a quality hood/lens cap replacement.

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Not Up To Par With The Other Lenses

I was looking forward to this lens on the X-E1. I bought it along with the 60mm f/2.4 and the beautiful 35mm f/1.4. The 18mm doesn't come close to the others....Read complete review

I was looking forward to this lens on the X-E1. I bought it along with the 60mm f/2.4 and the beautiful 35mm f/1.4. The 18mm doesn't come close to the others.

Image quality was "good", but to be honest, I didn't keep it on the camera very long because it felt so cheap I thought it might be broken. As another reviewer wrote, the aperture ring feels cheap and flimsy. You can't tell if you're settling in on a particular aperture or not. I had difficulty acquiring focus lock with it as well. Just not up to snuff, especially for the price.

It's as if this lens came from another manufacturer entirely. Sadly, I will be returning it immediately. I may opt for the 14mm f/2.8 instead.

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4.0

Good wide angle for under $400

By Aaron

from Los Angeles

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Too Wide

Best Uses

  • Traveling

Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

F stops click firmly. My 35 1.4 is too smooth. This 18 feels better in my opinion. I feel that this is too wide. The better lens might be the 23mm, but that lens is very big and more expensive. If you want a very compact wide angle, this is the best choice.

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5.0

What Optics!!

By Jimmy

from Fairfax, VA

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sharp

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

    I had Fujinon lenses when I used 4x5. The lenses with the Fujifilm E series cameras are equally as good. I am very impressed and pleased with the quality I am getting from the E-100. It comes close to my Canon 5D MkII!! and I would say that the high ISO's are even better. In the digital world, as with film cameras, the lenses make a huge difference in the quality you get.

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    4.0

    Great Lens!

    By Jeremy W.

    from Clyde, Ohio

    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

    I use this lens with my X-Pro1. It is lightweight, compact, and very sharp! A great carry around or travel lens. I have no complaints and would definitely recommend this lens to anybody with an X series camera.

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    5.0

    Fantastic piece of kit!

    By Rick

    from Morristown, NJ

    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

    Having moved from a full frame camera to the Fuji X system, I was worried that a good quality wide angle would be hard to find... I was wrong.

    This lens is fantastic, fast to focus, great IQ and a perfect wide solution for my new Fuji kit without destroying my bank account!!!

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    5.0

    Optical excellence

    By Old Nikon Guy

    from Washington State

    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

    After reading the tests actual reviewers had written I was ready to give this lens a whirl. Some may think it odd that one would buy into the Fuji X system just to get the lenses, but that is pretty much what I did. I am happy with my choices, Fuji optics have a well deserved reputation.

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    4.0

    great prime lens

    By Allen Chen

    from Cambridge, MA

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

      It's lightweight to carry around and is suitable for landscape or street photography. The build quality is superb.

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      5.0

      Compact and Fast

      By Frank B

      from San Diego, CA

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Traveling

        Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

        I got this lens for times when the 18-55 was just too bulky. Even with the hood in place it is fairly small on the X-E1, and without the hood the whole thing is really small. The lens focuses quickly, and the f/2.0 max aperture is nice when the light level drops.

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        5.0

        Sharp with very little distortion

        By Kevin

        from Fargo,ND

        About Me Professional

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Bad Hoodlens Cap Design

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

        Love this lens,but...the design of the hood and lens cap is the worst I have seen. the cap that fits on the hood constantly falls off and you must remove the hood to take the lens cap on or off. Pain in the butt, but the lens quality is so good I will live with it until I find a quality hood/lens cap replacement.

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        4.0

        Great optics, not great feel

        By The Knight Who Says Ni

        from Weston, FL

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent optics
        • Fast Aperture
        • Faster Focus Than Others
        • Lightweight
        • Metal Construction
        • Small For An Aps-c Lens

        Cons

        • Grinding Aperture Ring

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

        This lens produces excellent images on a Fuji X-E1. It is the smallest Fuji lens with an aperture ring, but still looks oddly bulbous on the camera. The aperture ring is rough. It feels almost like metal grinding on metal. Some people like that because it is harder to turn by accident, but it feels cheap to me. I prefer the silky smoothness of the 35mm lens.

        On the X-E1 this lens focuses faster than the 35mm, but it is still no speed demon.

        Overall, I was delighted by the image quality but disappointed by how it feels.

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        4.0

        Best bet among limited options

        By Steve

        from Santa Barbara, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Blurry Focus

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

        This lens is the best among the only-so-so options for a wide angle prime on the X-E1. The bad: It never gets sharp in the corners and near the right and left edges, no matter how much you stop it down. However, most other wide angles -- such as the Voigtlander 15mm f/4 I tried it against -- exhibit "smearing" toward the edge of the frame that is much worse and makes them useless.

        The other cons are the huge size: It looks comically large attached to the svelte X-E1, and detracts from an the rig's overall compactness, which was the body's selling point for me. The "pancake" designation is a bit, shall we say, optimistic. However, the positive tradeoff here is that it takes 52mm filters, which I had a nice collection of from my DSLRs.

        The good news is that it's very sharp in the center, and unless you're a pixel peeper or blowing up to 16x20 or more, you are not going to care about the corners much.

        Construction is solid but somewhat distressingly light. I personally prefer older, heavier manual focus lenses, but I have no qualms with the build quality for the price. F stops click nicely.

        Focus-by-wire is not as smooth as true manual focus, but it's very useable. And despite what some say, you can indeed hyperfocus this lens for street and candid work--you just need to experiment a little. I found setting the focus on around 15 feet in the finder at f16 produced good results. Write it on a notecard and keep it with you if you need.

        Overall, for the price it's a very competent lens and the best option for wide angle on the Fuji X bodies.

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        2.0

        Not Up To Par With The Other Lenses

        By McQ

        from Pennsylvania

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Aperture Ring Felt Broken
        • feels cheap
        • Slow Focus
        • Weak Casing

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Video

        Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

        I was looking forward to this lens on the X-E1. I bought it along with the 60mm f/2.4 and the beautiful 35mm f/1.4. The 18mm doesn't come close to the others.

        Image quality was "good", but to be honest, I didn't keep it on the camera very long because it felt so cheap I thought it might be broken. As another reviewer wrote, the aperture ring feels cheap and flimsy. You can't tell if you're settling in on a particular aperture or not. I had difficulty acquiring focus lock with it as well. Just not up to snuff, especially for the price.

        It's as if this lens came from another manufacturer entirely. Sadly, I will be returning it immediately. I may opt for the 14mm f/2.8 instead.

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        4.0

        really good lens

        By 6wv

        from Charleston, WV

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

            i use this on my x-e1 along with the 35mm. yes, the 18 is soft in the corners, but it really doesn't bother me. otherwise it's sharp with good max apeture. the lens focuses noticable faster than the 35, which is nice. i'm happy with its compact size and field of view.

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            5.0

            nice lens

            By efraim

            from philly

            Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

            underrated. very little distortion, excellent color rendition, While not as sharp as the stellular 35mm 1.4, its' versatile wide angle provides lots more creative options. On par with 28mm equivalent prime lens from nikon or canon.

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            4.0

            X Pro 1 18 mm lens

            By Jack

            from west Texas

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

              Just purchased this for the X Pro 1 ( which is also relatively new for me) .
              I took about 100 shots today in windy, bright west Texas mountain environs.
              Overall, I liked the way the lens worked and operated. Focusing was fast (new firm ware) and my previews of the photos this eve show sharp images.i have not run them through photoshop yet.. So improvement will be made.
              Overall, I am very impressed with this camera and the 35 mm lens I originally purchased... This lens does not disappoint in comparison. I really was impressed with this lens utilizing the panoramic mode in the camera. Very nice!

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              5.0

              Wonderful lens

              By fishwrapcomix

              from Minesota

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Great Contrast
              • Great Resolution
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Video

                Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

                Fuji lenses seem to me to be on on an equal footing with the best glass made by anyone, in any country. I am impressed by its sharp resolution, its contrast, and its fast focus. The "27" mm coverage is a wise choice for a carry around lens. It is a first rate piece of optical ware.

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                3.0

                Better than usually reviewed

                By Lsanto

                from Brasilia, Brazil

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

                Good WA from Fuji, not stellar but much better than said by online reviews.

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                • Yes

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                4.0

                Very Happy Street Shooter

                By Love Fuji

                from Torrance Ca.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

                    I recently aquired the 18 f2 XF R lens from Fujinon. Focus speeds are fast and usually dead on even in lower lighting conditions. JPEG images are very good with very little noticeable image quality decline at the far far edges. I real life, very little to worry about stopped slightly down. Raw conversion with PS CS6 is much better than expected. No visible distortion, PS has done a good job with the software correction of the lens distortion. You should have little or no problems with ACR conversion.

                    If you have the 35 f1.4 and find it is a little too narrow, this is a good lens to have and better than the 17mm Tokina 3.5 Nikon mount I have been using before getting this lens.

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                    5.0

                    Another great lens

                    By Steve B

                    from Ventura, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Needs better lens cap
                    • Needs better lens hood

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

                    Great for landscapes. I also use this for shooting diving operations aboard small boats.

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                    4.0

                    The good equation

                    By PeeJee

                    from Paris, France

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight
                    • Optical quality
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography

                    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

                    Sharp and sweet, light but solid, this lens looks like being the good equation between many factors. The final quality is very good, even in night conditions.

                    Sometimes autofocus losses itself when subject is too close or too dark (but the camera looks guilty, not the lens). Lens hood (moving half a millimeter when fixed) could be improved. And would a correct and useful package have a definitive price impact ?

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                    4.0

                    Pretty good

                    By AlexH

                    from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Fujifilm 18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens:

                    I bought this lens to go along the Fuji X Pro 1 I recently bought. I was looking for a small and fairly light kit for travel. This lens is well made and very light. Focusing speed is decent. Works well for still objects but not for sports like many others have reported. A great companion for the camera. The only thing I noticed is that in non-macro mode you have to be careful on where you focus because if you are too close from your subject it will catch other points usually on the right of the central focusing point. Macro mode works well. Colors are great. I would had prefer something that would give me a 35mm equivalent but 27mm equivalent is not too bad. Pretty much distorsion free. As a light travel kit it works great.

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