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Fujifilm releases the FujinonXF18mm F1.4 R LM WR, its latest wide-angle X-mount prime

Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR
(Image credit: Fujifilm)

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR is the 39th interchangeable lens from Fujifilm, a pretty remarkable achievement in itself. There is an 18mm lens in the range already, but it’s a much more modest 18mm f/2 ‘pancake’ lens. The new XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR aims much higher, promising the best possible image quality in a lens that’s also compact, light and portable.

• Read our hands on Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR review

It joins a small series of premium f/1.4 lenses from Fujifilm, slotting in just above the widest – the XF16mmF1.4 R WR (24mm equivalent) – and below the next lens in the f/1.4 range, the XF23mmF1.4 R (35mm equivalent). There’s also an XF35mmF1.4 R (50mm equivalent).

The XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR sounds very close in specifications to the older XF16mmF1.4 R WR, so if you have that lens already, this one might not tempt you. But for new buyers weighing up one against the other, the new XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR could be very tempting. The XF16mm is six years old now, and the new lens has a sleeker design, a slightly lower weight and a sophisticated optical design and AF system.

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR is designed to offer excellent optical performance, light weight and weatherproofing, all at the same time. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR key features

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR offers an equivalent focal length of 27mm in full frame terms, so it’s a fast wide-angle prime that Fujifilm suggests is ideal for everything from landscapes and cityscapes to portraits, weddings and low light photography.

The optical construction consists of 15 elements in 9 groups, including three aspherical lenses (one up on the older 16mm f/1.4 lens) and one ED elements.

The autofocus system is interesting. This lens has an internal focusing group of six elements moving in unison and with a maximum travel from closest focus to infinity of just 2.5mm. This is powered by a linear motor, and Fujifilm claims it can focus from its closest distance to infinity in just 0.25sec, with autofocus speeds as fast as 0.04sec in regular shooting.

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR is just 75.6mm long, weighs 370g, has a 62mm filter thread and can focus right down to 0.2m – or just 0.11m from the front of the lens. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujifilm’s other priority was to design a lens that was not just fast, but light and portable too. To that end, the XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR is just 75.6mm long and weighs 370g. Despite that, it has a metal lens barrel and weather seals at 8 locations, and is designed to work at temperatures down to -10 degrees Centigrade.

The filter size is a relatively modest 62mm (modest for an f/1.4 wide-angle) and there’s an aperture ring covering the full f/1.4-f/16 aperture range with a locking ‘A’ position for program AE and aperture-priority exposure modes. There will be an optional rectangular aluminium LH-XF18 Lens Hood too.

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR's size means it should be a good fit on smaller cameras like the new Fujifilm X-E4, not just Fujifilm's flagship models. (Image credit: Fujifilm)

Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR price and availability

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR will go on sale in late May 2021 at a price of $999, £879 in the UK, and AU$1,749 in Australia.

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