Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR review

The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR is a great lens, but it seems a little close to the existing XF16mmF1.4 R WR

Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a pretty compact and lightweight lens for a wide-angle f/1.4, and boasts a really neat design and an everyday 62mm filter mount. The optical performance is stellar, even wide open, but there is already a 16mm f/1.4 in the Fujinon lens range, so it feels as if this lens is squeezing into a gap that isn't quite there.


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    Popular 27mm equivalent angle of view

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    Fast f/1.4 maximum aperture

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    Physical aperture ring

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    Powerful linear AF motor


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    Very close in spec to the XF16mmF1.4

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    Internal 'clonking' when powered down

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The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR is the 39th interchangeable lens from Fujifilm, so the company has come a long way in a comparatively short time. This lens the four addition to a small sub-range of fast f/1.4 primes, from a 16mm f/1.4, the widest, through to a 35mm f/1.4, the longest.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com