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Fujifilm18mm f/2.0 XF R Lens
 
4.3

(based on 32 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (21)
  • Easily interchangeable (13)
  • Nice bokeh (11)
  • Consistent output (10)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

  • Slow focus (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (14)
  • Low light (11)
  • Travel (6)
  • Night photography (5)
  • Everyday (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Pro photographer (4), Enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Beautiful Glass

By Andre W

from Rahway, NJ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I bought this lens, the 56mm f1.4 and the 35mm f1.4 to go with my Fujifilm X-T1. No regrets for switching from DSLRs! The glass is clear and bright from corner-to-corner and matches beautifully with the X-T1.

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      5.0

      Better than its reputation

      By Neandert-Hal

      from Oslo, Norway

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      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Some Optical Aberrations

      Best Uses

      • Documentaryreportage

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

      This has probably been my most used lens over the last year or so. One important reason is the classic wide angle focal length of 18mm (27mm), which is my preference in many situations. For me the compact size and light weight counts as well. The 23mm is no doubt optically superior to this lens, but you pay for it in size and weight. Anyway, if this is the worst Fujifilm could come up with optically in a prime lens, it says a lot about the overall quality of their lineup.

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      4.0

      Good wide angle for under $400

      By Aaron

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Semi-Professional

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      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

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      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

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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

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            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

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            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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