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Unveiled: Fujifilm Expands X-Mount Zoom Lineup with 18-135mm Lens


Fujifilm continues to roll out impressive lenses for their APS-C format X-mount mirrorless camera system. Initially the emphasis was on prime lenses, but with the announcement of the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens, the quantity of available zoom lenses is almost equal that of primes. Presently, six zoom and seven prime X-mount lenses are available.

The new XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 is a very versatile lens, spanning focal lengths from wide-angle to telephoto; its 35mm focal length equivalence is 27-206mm. With four aspherical lens elements and two extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements, aberrations are reduced, creating high-contrast, high-resolution and color-accurate images. In addition, the inclusion of aspherical lenses enables the physical length of the lens to remain compact despite its focal length reach. Multi-layer HT-EBC lens coating effectively reduces lens flare and ghosting.

A newly developed Optical Image Stabilization system provides 5-stops of compensation against blur caused by camera shake. Two new high-precision gyro sensors offer accurate detection of high and low frequency camera shake, and a lens unit with an expanded range of motion combined with a unique algorithm improves correction performance in the low-speed shutter range. The inner focusing system enables a faster maximum autofocus speed of 0.10 seconds. Combining the optical image stabilization system with the high speed linear AF motor enables effective fast action capture. The linear motor also supports smooth silent autofocus action, which is crucial when shooting video.  

The lens itself offers a handsome and sturdy build, including 20 dustproof and weatherproof seals and a ventilator near the mount, which, in addition to securing an airtight structure, allows smooth zoom adjustment. The filter thread has a 67mm diameter and its solid barrel provides wide, easy-to-grip zoom and focus rings.

Focal Length (35mm Equivalent) 27-206mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22
Angle of View 76.5-12°
Minimum Focusing Distance 1.5' (45 cm)
Autofocus Motor Linear motor
Image Stabilization Yes, 5 stops
Weather Resistant Yes, dust and rain
Magnification 0.27x
Lens Construction Elements: 16 / Groups: 12
Aspherical Elements 4
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements 2
Diaphragm Blades 7, rounded
Filter 67mm
Dimensions 3.0 x 3.9" (75.7 x 97.8 mm)
Weight 1.1 lb (490 g)
Compatibility All Fujifilm X-series mirrorless digital cameras with APS-C format sensor