10 Jan REVIEW: Fujifilm’s Superzoom on Test

Source: Maclean Photographic


Over the past couple of months I have been asked on more than a couple of occasions, as a Fujifilm X Photographer, what was the best standard zoom lens to buy.  

The Fujifilm X Series boasts three XF zoom lenses that cover the standard focal range – slightly wide to telephoto range (usually between 24mm and 80mm in Full Frame terms).  I have the superb XF16-55mm f2.8 (24-84mm in FF terms) in my camera bag but I have never owned, and only used on a couple of occasions, the XF18-55mm f2.8/4  (27-84mm) or the XF18-135mm f3.5/5.6 (27-206mm) lenses.  

While the red badged f2.8 lens is optically brilliant and possibly the sharpest professional level standard zoom on the market, it is quite large and certainly not cheap.  It is probably not the best option for the amateur / enthusiast photographer looking for a lens who wants the famous Fujinon build and optical quality. Luckily they have two other options in the XF lens line up.

So to start off 2017 I have received from Fujifilm UK an XF18-135mm and an XF18-55mm on loan to test alongside my XF16-55mm over the next few weeks.

The lenses were received by courier yesterday. I immediately fitted the XF18-135mm f3.5/5.6 R LM OIS WR to my X-T2 and headed out to Barns Ness lighthouse for a quick test of the Fujinon Superzoom.  


Now some of you might be wondering what I mean by the term ‘superzoom’.  Well this was a term coined in the 1990s when manufacturers started to…

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