30 Jan REVIEW: What is the Best Fuji Kit Lens? Part 3

Well it has been a fun three weeks testing the two XF ‘Kit’ lenses and I will admit that I would be happy to have either in my camera bag.  They certainly are not ‘kit’ lenses in the same vein as the ones you find on the low end DSLRs.  In this final review in this three week test I will weigh up the pros and cons of the two kit lenses and how they compare to the big brother, the XF16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR.

I conducted two earlier reviews in Part 1 and Part 2 of this feature.  Click on the links below to see those reviews and sample images.

Part 1: XF18-135mm f3.5/5.6R LM OIS WR
Part 2: XF18-55mm f2.8/4R LM OIS  

QUALITY PRODUCTS
Both the XF18-55mm f2.8/4 and the XF18-135mm f3.5/5.6 are well built, have a solid construction, are optically on a par with the best of the XF range of lenses and have a very useful Optical Image Stabilisation system built in.  The 18-135mm is also weather resistant which for lens that is very well suited to travel photography this is a big plus point.

VALUE FOR MONEY
Compared to the XF16-55mm f2.8 both lenses stack up really well in all departments but the red badged pro lens still edges it on image quality plus the constant f2.8 aperture is certainly a big plus for me.  However the other lenses both have OIS, which the f2.8 lens lacks, and the extra £300+ on the price tag, means the…