09 Aug Fujifilm XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR Lens – First Impressions
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When Fujifilm announced the XF 18mm F1.4, I instantly had ‘GAS’ for this release…
Fast forward until 27th May 2021, the Release date for this wide prime lens. My sample of this lens was delayed a few days, but I received a box with the text ‘XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR’ & the excitement was out of this world from reading the reviews from a few of my Fave guys out there.
Back in 2014, when I had used the 18mm f2 for a period of time, I loved the focal length and size of the lens, but the pull from the 16mm F1.4 WR was strong, so the 18mm was quickly sold as I lived in the hot & humid south Texas shooting beach weddings at the time. From 2015 to 2021, I shot everything wide with the amazing 16mm, from weddings to commercial work for local magazines.
Two months ago, I sold my 16mm F1.4 in anticipation for the XF18mm F1.4, plus to get as much return I could on the 16mm before the price drops closer to the release of the 18mm… this time was hell as I shoot with a minimal setup these days 16/50mm combo, so I was left with the 50mm F1.0 beast and a manual 12mm that I use for night work mainly. Luckily due to covid & restrictions still in place here in Northern Ireland, my wedding season starts in July, so having the above lenses
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