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

(based on 65 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (47)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (39)
  • Durable (28)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (21)
  • Consistent output (20)
  • Strong construction (20)

Cons

  • Slow focus (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (27)
  • Travel (23)
  • Everyday (21)
  • Low light (17)
  • Landscape photography (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (18), Enthusiast (11), Semi-professional (10), Pro photographer (9), Semi-pro photographer (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Punches well above its weight - very useful

By Brian

from Richmond, VA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I've had this lens for a bit over six months, and used it quite a bit. The "wise men" of the Internet will tell you that this is a variable-aperture zoom, built to a relatively low price point as a kit lens for some of the less expensive mirrorless Fujis. I suppose that's all true, but I find that this lens is well built and sturdily constructed, with optics that are far better than implied by the pejorative "variable aperture kit lens." Sure, the aperture does vary, but it's f/2.8 at 18mm and only loses a stop to f/4 at 55mm. And this lens clearly demonstrates that a variable aperture lens can deliver excellent performance at all focal lengths, and at most apertures. (I haven't used it much stopped down past about f/11.) I have plenty of top-quality glass to compare with, including Zeiss, Nikon pro level and Sigma ART (obviously not all designed for Fuji XF) and this little gem is definitely not embarrassed in that company.The OIS is quite effective, and while the focus speed on my X-T10 is not "blazing" or equivalent to the Nikon pro sports lenses, it is certainly not an obstacle to getting the shot.There is a mild amount of pincushion distortion easily visible in the viewfinder, but correction is automatically applied in Lightroom (I shoot raw), so it's never an issue.Sure, it's not an f/1.4 prime, and no, it doesn't match a purpose-designed macro prime lens for sharpness, but what zoom lens does? As a compact, very high quality and useful lens, this succeeds masterfully. Highly recommended unless you're really in the market for ultra-fast primes.

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      5.0

      Beautiful Walkaround Zoom Lens

      By jeb5000

      from Aripeka, Fl

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

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

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

      Bought this lens and a X Pro1 to replace a older Canon 5D. I'm getting older and wanted something smaller and lighter. Lens and camera have exceeded my expectations. Have found the OIS works and has allowed me to take low light hand held pictures that I would miss with my 5D. Easy to carry around, fit and finish are good.

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      5.0

      Love everything but the hood

      By Winger

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        The lens hood is a long cylinder making it impossible to use with a polarizer. Otherwise I'm very happy with it.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Light & Compact

        By ERO

        from Philadelphia, USA

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Not weather resistant

        Best Uses

        • General Purpose
        • Travel

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

        This is really much better than the usual low-end stuff that comes as a kit lens with cameras. Picture quality is good - certainly good enough for casual travel use, which is why I picked up this for use with an X-T1 (and also a 12-24).

        Two shortfalls, hence the four stars: 1) the lens cap is pretty hopeless - this will be replaced with the excellent Nikon equivalent in short order, and 2) as a kit lens being sold with the weather-sealed X-T1, why hasn't the lens been upgraded to weather-resistance? How hard could it be? The weather-sealed zoom alternatives, the 16-35 and 18-135 are either too big/heavy or too big, slow and of lesser image quality for my needs, respectively. I'd have happily paid more for this lens if it was weather-resistant. Still, I made the decision to get both this and the 10-24 with my eyes open, and don't regret it.

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        4.0

        Not just a kit lens!

        By BocaCat

        from Boca Raton, FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I think this lens is great. It doesn't seem like a kit lens. I really like the 27mm equivalent for landscapes. I like the way Fuji has designed their camera and lens offerings. Really takes you back to the film days. I like the convenience of a zoom and this one doesn't disappoint. It's pricey unless it's part of a kit but I think it's worth it.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautfiul zoom lens

        By djpaulcmiller

        from Monte Rio, California and Moscow, Russia

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Candids
          • Street photography

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

          This lens is exactly what I needed for street shooting. The optics are excellent and have no flare when shooting against the light. I'd used the fixed lens on the X100s, but it was too limiting.

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          5.0

          A perfect walkaround partner for the XT-1

          By smadayug

          from Lake Worth, FL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I've been using pentax,olympus and nikon 80's- 90's era manual focus prime lenses with my XT-1 and have been happy with the output and user experience yet there are just times when autofocus, stabilisation and the ability to "zoom with your fingers" just can't be beat. The fit and finish of this lens is superb and the feel of the zoom, focus and aperture rings feels like a well judged combination of fluid and mechanical damping.The image quality is above reproach and I just don't feel the variable aperture has been any sort of drawback in my experience. The one thing that I would like to point out is that it isn't the best standard range zoom lens for close up applications- the minimum focus distance isn't super close therefore the reproduction ratio isn't very high but in light of how enjoyable this lens has been for me to use it has been worth every penny to me!

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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best Kit Lens Ever - But Probably Don't Purchase It Separately

            By The Scotsman

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Inexpensive
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Variable Aperture

            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:

            I bought this as the higher-end kit lens with my XT-10. I use it in general purpose photography, ranging from night shots, portraits, indoor shots of pets and kids, and especially my semi-pro work shooting photos to tell the stories I utilize in my work at an advocacy nonprofit. I've always preferred prime lenses, but this is my first Fuji camera and I wanted a little flexibility while I built my kit. For the price, it was a really good decision.

            It's by far the best kit lens I've ever seen on a mirrorless camera. I don't like variable aperture on lenses as a rule, and this lens, while fast, is not an exception. It's annoying to see my exposure go to ruin when I zoom, especially in lower lighting. But I get it. Constant aperture zooms cost crazy money. I'll take the compromise.

            And this lens sweetens the bitter pill significantly. First, it's so incredibly solid and well constructed. On Fuji's beautiful art piece cameras, it fits in very well. It's a pleasure to use, with smooth rings and cool metal grips. The build quality is just unlike any other kit lens I've seen. And it's really very sharp at almost any aperture, throughout the image. Lovely images, especially in daylight. Autofocus is nice too - not quite brilliant, but quick enough.

            I've rated the lens 5 stars because it was $300 with my camera. At that price, it's a complete steal - way cheaper than buying it separately. But while its super well built and good overall, I don't think it's a perfect lens.

            Besides the variable aperture, I think the aperture ring is just a tad too easy to turn. I've bumped it on accident a few times without noticing and found myself shooting at 5.6 when I wanted to be at 4. Not a deal breaker. And you wouldn't expect perfected bokeh on a max f2.8 kit lens, but I'll mention it anyway - the bokeh has slight hexagonal edges if you're looking for them. Again, not a deal breaker. And it's heavy - I don't care about that, but you might - like any nicer zoom lens will be.

            I'll be happier using a couple of fast primes instead of this kit, and I think that's true of most photographers. If you have any decent, flexible fuji lens, skip this one for now and put the money toward primes...or whatever you want. (Unless you just LOVE zooms and have a small budget.) But if you can snag this with your kit at the vastly reduced price, do it.

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            4.0

            Best "kit" lens I have ever had.graphy

            By Bill

            from Wilmington, NC

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Slow Focus

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I use this lens with my X-E1 for keeping with me at all times for those shots "I wish I had my camera". to capture. Also, for street photography and landscape. It is not the fastest lens for focusing, but overall, I am very pleased with the performance of this lens.

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            4.0

            The best serious kit lens around!!

            By George

            from Wakim

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

            This is not the 3.5-5.6 cheaper alternative kit lens. This lens is solid and the image quality is excellent. It has Optical Image Stabilization. I'm not too crazy about the protruding zoom element though. Size wise, this lens is a darling to the point you'd want to hug it! It has no slippage as the action is buttery tight. This is not cheap either!! Try it in a kit for big savings! Plus, B&H service rocks!

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            5.0

            Great Lens!

            By Goose

            from Dodge City, KS

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            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:

              Very solid XF-18-55 Lens. Extremely happy with it.

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              5.0

              perfect

              By Frankie

              from Rochester, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Night Photography

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

                Perfect size and focal range. Nicely built. Solid but small and light.

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                (4 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Still Suffers from Poor Quality Control

                By Hanbit Kwon

                from philadelphia, PA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

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

                This lens often suffers from quality control issues. Despite the metal construction and sense of solid quality, in actual reality the lens barrel and mount may have some play and little wobbly when the lens barrel is extended. Depending on the production batches you receive, this issue can be worser. I received this lens as a kit parked with X-T1 camera. Even though the camera body appeared fine, I've refused to accept such a lens with it. The lens I've received also had smudges and marks on both the front and rear elements. I've decided not try to clean them and just return them as they came. When contacted, B&H has been rather slow and indifferent to my issues. I have yet to hear from them. Someone named Mendy P. asked to send them pictures of the issues which I did but I felt it shouldn't be customer's responsibility and burden to take photos for them to do quality control. It has be a lot of hassle and unpleasant shopping and product experience overall.

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                5.0

                Great lens

                By Jon

                from Houston,TX

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

                Purchased as kit lens for the Fujifilm X-E1

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                (9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Poor quality control, bad Fuji service

                By Stephe

                from Atlanta GA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                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

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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

                About Me Photography Student

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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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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  A Great Introduction

                  By Slownomaguy

                  from Santa Rosa, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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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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