Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Fujifilm X

Sample Images

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Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 52.4mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/100s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.5mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/170s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 135.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 116.1mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/150s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/680s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 104.2mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make FUJIFILM
Model X-T1
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/140s

Verdict

At the time Fujifilm announced the Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR, they made quite a fuzz about it ... but then that's what marketeers do. The truth is in the pudding and the pudding doesn't taste all that great. On the positive side - if you always select f/8, you can be a relatively happy camper (mostly) unless you are expecting pro grade quality. The resolution is best at the wide end of the range. However, you should avoid large apertures from 35mm onward unless really needed. The 135mm setting is rather mediocre though. Sticking to image auto-correction also makes life a little nicer. Otherwise you have to live with high vignetting and massive distortions at 18mm. Lateral CAs can be visible but it's not as extreme as on some other "universal" zoom lenses.

Upon first contact the build quality may feel pretty good. Fujifilm used good quality materials and - especially worth mentioning - weather sealing. However, the zoom action leaves something to be desired specifically towards the long end of the zoom range. The AF speed is pretty nice and the motor operates silently. We can also praise Fujifilm's image stabilizer although it's not all that special anymore these days. It is, however, a bit more efficient than usual.

Generally the Fujinon XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR performs roughly according to its lens class thus you may argue that this is Okay. However, the provided quality is not in sync with its price tag. Honestly, the word "bizarre" comes into mind here.

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