18 May Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2: The Funnest Fujinon (2017 Lens Review)

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Here’s the TLDR summary for you:  Despite it’s shortcomings, the XF 18mm f/2 is still (as of 2017) one of the most enjoyable Fuji lenses I’ve ever used and I highly recommend it for street, travel, and everyday shooting.

The Fujinon XF 18mm f/2 R was one of the original three lenses released with the X-Pro 1 back in 2012.  They were compact, bright, and sharp lenses.  The initial focal length offerings were also very practical.  Even now in 2017, I still have a soft spot for Fuji’s original trinity.  The only thing that was really not so great about the lenses was the noisy and relatively slower autofocus.  Of course, firmware updates have made these lenses perform much better, but the AF noise is still quite loud, especially compared to the the recent Fuji pro zooms and the f/2 WR “Fujicron” lenses.

Despite all this, I recently picked up an 18mm f/2 lens (talk about late to the party, right?).  I knew it was going to be loud.  I knew it was going to be a bit soft in the corners.  But that 28mm(-ish) equivalent focal length and near-pancake size still called out to me and I pulled the trigger.  I have not regretted that decision.  I believe the 18mm f/2 is still a unique offering, even among the more modern Fuji lenses.  I also got a great deal on the lens, which goes for a very good street price nowadays…

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