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FujifilmXF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens
 
4.6

(based on 51 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (30)
  • Durable (23)
  • Easy to use (18)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (16)
  • Consistent output (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Travel (22)
    • Everyday (21)
    • Landscape/scenery (20)
    • Landscape photography (15)
    • Portraits (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (15), Enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (10), Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Exceptional Standard Zoom for X-Mount

    I have been using this lens with the X-E1 (purchased as the kit) for the last month and have taken several hundred shots. All together I feel confident in saying this is a...Read complete review

    I have been using this lens with the X-E1 (purchased as the kit) for the last month and have taken several hundred shots. All together I feel confident in saying this is a fantastic zoom, with a very useful range (27-82.5mm in 35mm equivalent).

    The lens is quite bright for a "kit" lens (though it isn't really a kit lens, not in the traditional sense - the image quality is much higher than that), and I've found that even wide open the lens produces very high quality images - sharp, contrasty, and full of that Fuji color and rendering that I love so much (and which compelled me to get the X-E1 in the first place). The Optical Image Stablization (OIS) on the lens works very well - although I need to note that I can hear the OIS working, at least when the X-E1 is set to have OIS on continuously (rather than just when shooting). The noise is minor, but there, and in a perfectly silent environment could be noticeable. But you can disable it with a switch on the lens itself.

    Compared directly with the Fuji 35mm f/1.4 (which I also bought): The 18-55mm is longer and heavier, and does extend when zooming (though not when focusing). The 35mm f/1.4 is sharper from f/2.8 and up, and capable of thinner depth of focus (thanks to the faster aperture), so you can throw more of the background out of focus. But on looking over many shots from a recent trip, I can't easily pick out which I took with the 18-55mm and which I took with the 35mm (except when it was very dark out, at which point I switched to the faster 35mm, despite the lack of OIS). I think this speaks to the quality of the 18-55mm - the image quality it produces is comparable to a very well regarded prime. At 18mm it is especially good; it is only at the max 55mm length that you probably will want to stop down to achieve max sharpness.

    All I all I highly recommend this zoom if you are in the market for a versatile lens to add to your X-mount collection. As part of the X-E1 kit this is a no-brainer - get it. On it's own, for the X-Pro 1 or if you got the X-E1 body-only, I still see this as a flexible lens for all those times when you don't have the time or ability to switch out your primes - or if you just want to buy one lens that does most everything in the standard range. Match this with the 35mm f/1.4 and you have a heck of a set.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor quality control, bad Fuji service

    The copy of this lens is soft, tested on a solid tripod with the OS off against both the 18mm f2 and the 35mm f1.4 and it's not even close to the same performance....Read complete review

    The copy of this lens is soft, tested on a solid tripod with the OS off against both the 18mm f2 and the 35mm f1.4 and it's not even close to the same performance. I did a quick decentering test and it clearly has some issues in that reguard. I've read reviews that said 2 out of 3 copies they tested were so decentered they couldn't test them. I mailed it back for repairs, Fuji said there is nothing wrong and just sent it back. BEWARE and test your copy as soon as you buy it and be ready to go through several of these before you get a good one. A lens this expencive should have better QC..

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    1.0

    Poor quality control, bad Fuji service

    By Stephe

    from Atlanta GA

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          Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

          The copy of this lens is soft, tested on a solid tripod with the OS off against both the 18mm f2 and the 35mm f1.4 and it's not even close to the same performance. I did a quick decentering test and it clearly has some issues in that reguard. I've read reviews that said 2 out of 3 copies they tested were so decentered they couldn't test them. I mailed it back for repairs, Fuji said there is nothing wrong and just sent it back. BEWARE and test your copy as soon as you buy it and be ready to go through several of these before you get a good one. A lens this expencive should have better QC..

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          4.0

          NOT your Nikons "Kit Lens"

          By Rob Smith

          from South Carolina

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Variable Aperture

          Best Uses

          • Amateurprosumer
          • Amature
          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Prosumers
          • Vacation

          Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

          I picked up this "kit lens" with my Fuji X-T1 when I switched from my old Nikon D90 to mirrorless. Let me just say the build quality and output from this lens is wonderful. The f/2.8-4 range is very usable. I bought my X-T1 while driving to Walt Disney World and used the camera (and lens) for the week my family was there. While I would love to have f/2.8 all the way through the range... the cost trade off is worth the aperture hit IMHO. This isn't a "pro lens"... but you will get some amazing shots with it.

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          5.0

          xf18-55

          By Bekzat

          from Kazakhstan, Astana

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

            great everyday lens. Sometimes images look soft on the backscreen of my x-e2, but they really sharp when shown up on high quality monitors or paper. Lens feels solid and autofocus is very silent. Lens hood creates a shadow when flash used (x-e2)

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            5.0

            A Great Introduction

            By Slownomaguy

            from Santa Rosa, CA

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Night Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

              As I'm sure is the case with most people here, I got this lens as part of a package. IQ and build quality are outstanding and really a cut above any other "kit" lens out there. It's like paying for the lens and getting the camera for free rather than the other way around. It handles great and since I tend to set the aperture first, and then set the shutter speed, I did not find the lack of physical settings on the lens to be an issue. (Plus, since it is a variable aperture those numbers would be useless anyway) The only issue I've encountered so far is with manual focus. The zoom ring is right next to it and feels so similar I often find myself adjusting the focal length instead. It's a minor quibble and I am sure with time and practice will become a non-issue. This is the only lens I have (so far) so it will be interesting to see if it stays on the camera after I start adding to my collection. One final note about mirrorless in general; I picked up my bag the other day and thought "the camera's not in there". Opened it up only to find both the body and lens right where I left them. Now that's lightweight! Don't ever recall that sensation with my old SLR or DSLR.

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              5.0

              Fugi lens

              By Mickey

              from New York City

              Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

              Great traveling lens Take's very nice picture's

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              5.0

              Great Travel Lens

              By Dave T

              from Atlanta, GA

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                We bought this lens for use on a recent vacation in Europe. I was looking for one lens to handle not only wide angle shots of castles / landscapes but also some city street photography and closeup shots of people. The lens did not disappoint.

                A lot to love about this lens. Focus was fast. Nice bokeh for an f4 lens. Image stabilization allowed handheld shots at some really slow shutter speeds without taking ISO through the roof. Turning of aperture, focus and zoom rings on the lens barrel also had a solid feel. It is also very light weight which really mattered when walking around with a camera over the shoulder all day. Found myself only switching to a few of the primes we carried for the rare situations where I need to squeeze a bit more speed out of a lens for nighttime, no flash handheld shots or for a bit more isolating bokeh.

                About half way through the trip my wife put it on her X-T1 and loved it so much I never got my hands on it again! In fact, I don't think I am ever getting it back. Hmmm, guess it's time to order another one!

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                5.0

                Awesome, but don't call it a kit lens...

                By mguffin

                from Allendale, NJ

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                  Great general purpose lens that far exceeds what is expected of a kit lens.

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                  5.0

                  Not your average kit lens

                  By Flaco_42

                  from Brookhaven, MS

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                  Pros

                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Street photography

                  Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                  I mainly use this lens for street photography and I can say that it's tac sharp, quick to focus (after update) It is a bit bulky, and while on the camera it makes storage a bit of a challenge.

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                  5.0

                  Excelent lens for a mirrorless camera

                  By UrQuan3

                  from Huntsville, AL

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                    First off, I am not a pro photographer and have only used pro equipment a few times. That said;I was buying the Fuji X-M1 camera and decided to buy it with this lens instead of the stock kit lens. This was an excellent choice, and I could possibly get away with never buying a second lens for this camera.The pictures the pair take are excellent. I have not yet had a chance to test with a tripod, but hand-held images are almost always sharp. The low light image stabilization is such that with a careful stance, photos are possible by street lamp. I can get away with 1/20 and 1/17 as long as the subject isn't moving.The size is a nice compromise between the low quality of a compact camera and the overwhelming size and weight of a quality 35mm lens.Several reviews mention slow focusing. Out of the box this is true. After a firmware update (yes, the lens has a firmware), it focuses in under a quarter second. I hear that is not pro grade, but it is much better than I am used to.The bokeh is not as strong as a 35mm lens with the same specs. This is one of the trades for a smaller/lighter camera, sensor, and lens.One limit, there is an odd point between about 1 foot and 2 feet where the lens is between macro and standard mode and cannot focus.Of course, 55mm (~75mm equiv) is not a strong zoom, so a second lens will be needed for telephoto work.

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                    5.0

                    High-quality general-purpose zoom lens

                    By Big Data

                    from Charlotte, NC for now...

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                    Pros

                    • Close focusing
                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • OIS
                    • Optical Image Stabiliz
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Heavy

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                    This lens is a great value when bought as a kit with the E1. It is high quality optically and mechanically and produces great images. The auto focus is fast, and the manual controls are good. Be sure to upgrade the camera and lens firmware as it is out-of-date as shipped. The lens hood is inevitably big, but light weight and offers good protection. The only downside to this lens is that it is big and heavy, making an E1 body look impressive at a distance; for stealth, a small lens like the 27mm would have advantages.

                    I would prefer a marked aperture ring like on some other Fuji lenses. This one is just an encoder ring, and the aperture must be viewed inside the camera.

                    Similarly, I would have preferred the Fuji X line to have used marked focusing rings on the lenses (with an "A" position), rather than to have a Manual focusing setting on the camera body.

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                    4.0

                    Not a "Kit Lens"

                    By Phantom Photog

                    from Singapore

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                      18-55mm is the lens many cameras come bundled with and it's usually not their best effort. Not the case here.This is a great lens. In fact I believe every lens Fujinon makes is a winner. They simply don't make 'budget' lenses. They may appear pricey compared to other manufacturers but if you compare them to lenses of the same quality, they are quite reasonable.I got this with an X-Pro1 just before leaving for three weeks in Asia. It was the only lens I took for this camera. The 27-82.5 equivilent was good for most cases. There were times when I wished for a bit wider or a bit closer but I opted for the f2.8 and lighter/shorter lens over the 18-135 3.5 as this was to be my 'walking around camera. (I had a DSLR with two lenses for special events.)As I just got back and I'm still downloading files I can't really say much about sharpness or image quality yet. They do look good on the LCD though.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent lens

                      By Roman

                      from NJ

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                      I really like this Len. Autofocus is nearly silent. The lens is very sharp and has wider aperture than most kit lenses. This really doesn't feel like a kit lens at all. Doesn't feel cheap and has some heft to it. I got this lens to be my all around lens without the intention of ever using another lens with my fuji. So far it has served that purpose and I couldn't be happier with it.

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                      3.0

                      An unremarkable lens

                      By Dom' Fotigraf

                      from Toronto, Ontario

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Looks good
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy Apreture Ring And
                      • Lens Creep
                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • "no Pretention" Allaround
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                      Bought this zoom with the camera. I'm not impressed by the build, but I wasn't expecting much more for $ or so. It feels a little bit flimsy. The flimsiness wouldn't have bothered me though, considering the price. However, I've got quite disappointed when I took some low ligt pictures on 55mm focal with the diaphragm completely open and the vignetting was just horrendous. I haven't seen such a thing even in old Soviet zoom lenses that came on their Zenit cameras... The first reaction was to check the settings to make sure I didn't activate by mistake some in camera "toy camera" effect... Afterall, what's the use of having a "fast" lens if the performance at open apertures is poor?!

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                      5.0

                      Great Lens

                      By Austin H.

                      from Irvine, CA

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Difficult to Clean
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                      Feels much nicer than any other kit lens i've used.

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                      5.0

                      I love this kit lens

                      By JEStanek

                      from Pottstown, PA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Lens cap

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                      This is the kit lens on the Fuji XE1 and it is better than other kit lenses. It feels solid and performs very well. The controls are easy. The lens hood fits great. It makes very crisp, sharp images.

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                      4.0

                      Wonderful

                      By Holly

                      from Indianapolis

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • TACK SHARP

                      Cons

                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                      This "kit" lens for the Fuji line of X mount cameras is anything but a kit lens.

                      The quality of images it produces on my XE1 are amazing. I rarely have to do much in post on these shots. Contrast is great. Sharpness is great. Colors are usually right on the money.

                      I can handhold this camera with the optical image stabilization (OIS) turned on and get tack sharp images at 1/27th of a second! (See sunflower image below)

                      My only complaint is probably a camera issue - the auto focus hunts too much in dim light. It also occasionally misses focus in bright light (though a quick refocus half-press usually gets it right).

                      Overall - I am really impressed with this lens. For the full price, it's great. As a kit lens add on, it's a no brainer!

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                      5.0

                      Great zoom and Package

                      By theprodigious

                      from Milan, Italy

                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Video

                        Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                        Great zoom and Package

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                        5.0

                        Tried the Rest, Now I have the Best!

                        By SteveG

                        from Totowa, NJ

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                          Outstanding "kit" lens! f2.8 to start and sharp from corner to corner. Excellent color representation. I've had Nikon and Canon before switching to Sony Mirrorless. I was impressed with Sony until I go my hands on Fuji. In my honest opinion, it is hands down the best!

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                          5.0

                          Is the second I buy...for my mother!

                          By Ale Gro

                          from Monterey, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                            Easy and compact, beautiful stile and robust...

                            I love this camera

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                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By Cabecita

                            from San Juan, PR

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens:

                                Just bought it with my new camera for our most recent vacation. Feels great and was very responsive

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