Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS

Lens Summary

Brand: Fujifilm

Also Known As: Fuji 18-55mm f/2.8-4

Lens Type: Zoom Lens

Format: APS-C / DX

Focus: Autofocus

Lens Mount: Fujifilm X

Release Date: 2012-09-06

MSRP Price: $687.69

Made in: Japan

Production Status: In Production

Lens Description: The XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens from Fujifilm is the first zoom lens for the X mount on their X-series interchangeable lens digital cameras, and is sure to find a home in the kit bags of many shooters who are already attached to this APS-C sized camera system. A versatile, compact lens that can travel easily and respond to a range of shooting situations, the XF 18-55mm has focal lengths that run from 27-84mm in the 35mm format. This covers a standard zoom range from basic wide-angle to medium telephoto and is ideal for day-to-day shooting needs from group shots to portraiture, cityscapes to natural vistas. It\'s a great lens for street photography as well.

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Specifications

Lens Specifications
Lens TypeZoom Lens
Focal Length18-55mm
Mount TypeFujifilm X
FormatAPS-C / DX
Compatible Format(s)APS-C Sensor
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Zoom Ratio3.05x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.08-0.15x
Image StabilizationYes
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/2.8-4
Minimum Aperturef/22
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)79.1°-28.4°
Optical Information
Lens Elements14
Lens Groups10
Diaphragm Blades7
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements1 extra low disersion element
Aspherical Elements3
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Internal FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.40m
Filter Information
Filter Size58mm
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingNo
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions65 x 70.4mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack

Lens Construction

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Diagram

MTF Chart

Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS chart 18mm Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS chart 45mm


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V Pauzalal Vaiphei

Well dont own it if you think it is a kit lens and judged photos while inside the camera. I own this lens with xt3 and i am a beginner with the system. I had been shooting Nikon before Fuji and has been into the Nikons. I has choose this over 35mm as i would like to take lens that performs good overall in most situations. The first day was a big surprise over the body and everything in the EVF was true to life which i never had in Nikon system. 18-55mm was like a test kit for the camera in different situations and i was curious to test what fuji sensor can do it. I keep on praising the capabilities of the camera for a round one months. This lens withstand all the situations i exposed with and was surprised to learn that it can be something in a situation. Well i pick up some points along as follows:
1. Small lens with a well built weight.
2. Focus is very fast and accurate if you know how to train your camera.
3. Light entering the lens is better than some flagship lens
4. Morning, noon,sunset, rainy, flowers, portraits, group photos etc name it it can do all of them.
5. Sharpness freaks ignore the best part of this lens- know the sweet spot of the lens and appreciate what it gives you. Some of my shots are very soft or unusable and some very sharp until i learn it properly. Corners are not sharp but can be turn into artistic beauty,
6. I use Sony A7II too(bigger lens and costlier) and never stop praising this little lens. It compete corner to corner and never lose it.
7. Corners are soft at f8 onward but for portrait i use it wisely inside the sharp areas.
8. This is a killer lens for people who is good in post and know photoshop and lightrooms properly. I use CaptureOne myself with lightroom and do not want to underrate this lens it is awesomely usable. It is fantastic to use them together properly.
9. It is a chisel in the hand of a sculptor. It depends on what type of sculptor you are.
While writting this i am about to have the 56 f1.2 and the 90mm. When i got the call i told them ” I am not through with this lens yet”. It is a lens that i stealthily built my reputation with while some thought i got Zeus’ lightning bolt. They are so wrong!


Just to add, to your comments that I feel the same critics that “Thom Hogan” made on his site
I like mostly everything, except that it is not weatherized, and thedreadfull Fujifilm Cyan skies, and the purple fringing that appears when shooting trees and around the branches and the sky.

Cato Hansen

This is a versatile and well-performing standard zoom. With a 27-82,5 eq. focal range, it usually stays on the camera. Seems to be well built, with metal front to back. Switches for OIS on/off, auto/manual aperture ring. AF/MF must be set on the camera.

Pros: Sharp. Sharper than the entry level 16-50, and images look more natural. Not as sharp as the 23 f/1,4 or the 60 f/2,4, but still sharp. Also not as sharp as Nikon 24-70 f/2,8G, but that is not a fair comparision. It is not as sharp as primes tend to be, and fuji primes do outperform this zoom. OIS is OK, not spectacular but not rubbish. I’d leave it off as long as the shutter speed stays shorter than 1/100s.

Cons: Soft corners wide open, and a bit vignetting. Not 100% consistent results through the focal range. Not constant f/2,8 aperture. No dust/weather sealing. Aperture ring does not have markings for each aperture.

Some say this is a cheap kit lens for the X-T2, X-H1 and other Fuji cameras. I’d say it is a normal priced kit lens, it sits in the middle. Compared to ie Nikon zooms, I’d say it performs like the 24-85 f/3,5-4,5 G VR, I’d say it is OK for most situations and uses. The next lens upwards in the fuji world is the 16-55 f/2,8. Weather sealed, constant aperture, expensive, heavy, big, but no OIS. For most people, the 18-55 would be a better choice due to price, size, weight, and OIS.