Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X-Pro

Sample Images

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/110s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/220s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 800
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/90s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/90s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/2.0
Exposure 1/85s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 250
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/150s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/180s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-Pro1
ISO Speed 1600
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/70s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R is certainly a cool little lens for the Fujifilm X-Pro mirrorless system. After all small is beautiful these days. However, performance-wise it is a bit of a mixed bag. The center performance is great throughout the mainstream apertures and the border quality is also very decent. However, the corner quality leaves something to be desired at f/2 and f/2.8. This may be acceptable given the typical applications at such large apertures though. The corner quality is technically pretty good at f/4 but due to some field curvature you should stop down to f/8 to achieve good results here. Lateral CAs are a bit on the high side. Same goes for the distortions which are fairly extreme when looking at the pure output of the lens but if you stick to camera JPEGs or the Fuji RAW converter this is taken care of for you (at cost of corner quality). While we didn't really look deeper into the technical quality of the bokeh it seems to be quite nice based on what we have seen during the use in real life situations.

The build quality of the Fujinon is very high and it matches nicely with the Fujifilm X-Pro1. It still stays a little short of the carved-out-of-rock-like Leica quality but then we are also talking about a different price level here. A weakness of the Fuji system is certainly the speed of the AF which is slower compared to the state-of-the-art elsewhere. Given the optical performance the price tag is a little too high although the comparatively high speed and the pancake-style may ease some pain here.

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