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Fujifilm Fujinon XC 15-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

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Manufacturer Fujifilm
Model Fujinon XC 15-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ
Lens style Universal zoom
Focal length 15 - 45 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Angle of view 86.9 - 35 o
Closest focusing distance 0.13 m
Maximum magnification 1:4.1
Minimum aperture 22
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Auto focus type AF / MF
Lens Construction 10 elements / 9 groups
Filter diameter 52 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Fujifilm X
Dimensions 44.2 x 62.6 mm
Weight 135 g
Additional information Announced: 31.01.2018
3 aspherical elements, 2 ED elements
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Owners reviews (1)
  1. Ben Herrmann
    Ben Herrmann 22 May 2018, 21:05
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    IP 76.0.x.x
    Owner since: 3 months
    Price: 299
    User profile: Semipro

    Cons: Small size profile Optical Qualities that are superb from corner to corner A Distinctively wider 22.5 MM wide angle equivalent

    Pros: The fly-by-wire Power Zoom function may initially throw new users for a loop as it reminds you of something you\'d find attached to an enthusiast zoom camera.

    Summary: Let\'s face it, each brand has a series of kit lenses designed to allow new photographers to get started rather quickly. These kit lenses run the gamut from $199 to $399 depending on brand and model. And with each brand there are winners - that is, lenses that seemingly punch far above their weight. The Fujifilm XC 15-45 is such a lens. I first ordered it because I was intrigued with the 22.5 equivalent wide angle field of view - which makes a huge difference with regards to capturing scenics, architectural, and large group portrait photography. When it arrived, I noticed that there wasn\'t much writing (or numbers) on the lens at all - it seemed rather generic (bare, if you will). OK, I thought, let\'s attach it to a camera and take it for spin. I placed it on the X-A3 because I like how Fuji does the Bayer sensor. I was not prepared to enjoy this lens as much as I anticipated. I always had good copies of Fuji kit lenses in the past (i.e. XC 16-50 and XF 18-55), but this new 15-45 is almost clinical without all of the negative connotations that this term implies. Images are sharp - from corner to corner (at least on my copy - that\'s key). Now as an aside, do keep in mind that with many kit lenses, copy-to-copy variations in optical qualities can be frustrating at best. If you get a good copy of a lens, you\'re smiling from ear to ear, however, if you get a bad copy, you\'ll spend a good deal of time trashing the lens on various forums. As for me, my copy has been stellar. As I mentioned, it is an optic that punches far above its weight. Another intriguing aspect about this lens is the fact that it broke the mold for wide angle perspectives on a kit lens. Most kit lenses are either 28 or 24 MM. With the 15-45, it\'s wide angle focal reach is the equivalent of 22.5 - which really puts it almost into a wide angle zoom lens category. When you first receive the lens, be advised that it will initially throw you for a loop due to the fact that when you turn on the camera, the lens pops out, and likewise, when you turn the camera off, the lens retracts - just like a zoom lens on an all-in-one enthusiast camera. Additionally, when you go to zoom, it feels the same way as if you were using an enthusiast camera - just what the Power Zoom (PZ) implies. Once you get accustomed to this (remember, it is a different baby), you can then focus on its IQ qualities, and this where the 15-45 shines. In shooting various scenarios - whether they be scenics, indoor architectural scenarios, and large group portrait photography, I have (at least up to this point) never desired for a wider angle zoom. This 15-45 had acquitted itself quite well. As for perspective distortions, they are easy to correct using the various tools available in Lightroom, ACR, DXO Viewpoint, etc. As for purple fringing, it\'s about average for a lens of this genre and it is easily removable in post processing. In fact, I can honestly recommend using this lens as a low cost, yet high quality general kit lens that you can put on any Fuji X camera and wind up being quite pleased with the results. I plan on getting another one real soon. I initially purchased the silver version to put on my X-A3. The next one will be a black one. However, since Fuji is getting ready to release the new X-T100 (which will have the 15-45 kit lens attached), I may just purchase that new camera/lens setup instead. Highly Recommended!!! Ben Herrmann Master Gunnery Sergeant US Marine Corps (Retired) Fuquay Varina, North Carolina Certified International Camera Slut and Avid Photographer