15 Apr Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR

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Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R WR

Fujifilm’s latest lens, the XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR, is a weather-sealed fast-aperture prime lens for the company’s X-mount interchangeable lens cameras. Offering a field-of-view equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame camera, the XF 18mm F1.4 makes for a great walkaround lens for all types of photography, from landscape to street. Follow along with us for a quick tour of how the lens handles and shoots.

Compared to the XF 18mm F2 R

For those familiar with Fujifilm’s X-mount lineup, here’s the new 18mm F1.4 (R) next to the previous 18mm F2 R, which was one of the very first lenses released for the system. As you can plainly see, this is a very different lens, with an entirely new optical design.

Comprised of a fairly complex set of 15 elements in 9 groups (versus the 18mm F2’s 8 elements in 7 groups), the XF 18mm F1.4’s optical construction also includes 3 aspherical elements and 1 ED element. All that extra glass translates to an increase in weight to 370g (0.8 lb) versus the F2’s 116g (0.26 lb).

Lastly, while the older lens focused externally (and was a bit on the noisy side), the new model focuses internally using a linear motor that drives a total of six focus elements and does so completely silently.

Hood, control rings and build quality

Overall build quality of the XF 18mm F1.4 R

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