Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Images

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/50s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 26.5mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/600s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/550s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/900s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 22.3mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.9mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/170s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/26s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/4.0
Exposure 1/1700s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 37.4mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-E1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 27.7mm
Aperture: f/11.0
Exposure 1/240s

Verdict

The Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS may be the hottest reason to enter the Fuji system. It is amazingly sharp throughout the zoom and relevant aperture range. That is except for a high amount of field curvature at 18mm which make it necessary to stop down quite a bit in order to have an "infinite" depth-of-field. The amount of lateral CAs is generally quite low with the exception of 55mm @ f/4. The Fujinon is not without flaws, of course. Technically it suffers from a high barrel distortion at 18mm and the vignetting is a bit too high at max. aperture. However, these aspects are taken care of either by the camera itself or external RAW converters so you don't need to worry from a user perspective. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus) blur is pretty good for a standard zoom lens but it cannot rival the best prime lenses, of course.

The build quality is on a very high level but then you also expect no less from a lens in this price class. It is a bit worrisome, however, that this is the 2nd out of 5 tested Fuji lenses with a rather significant centering defect. We hope that this is not a trend that we will have to confirm once more in the future. Interestingly Fuji has modified the AF mechanism in this new lens. Unlike the gang of 3 prime lenses (18mm, 35mm, 60mm) it is quite fast and basically silent so Fuji is definitely on the right track here. Fuji's new image stabilizer is, of course, also a welcome new feature. In a nutshell - you can't go wrong with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS ... if you can get a good sample.

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