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Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R

14 September 2012
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • solid, compact and small casing for the f/2.0 aperture,
  • very good image quality in the frame centre,
  • good correction of chromatic aberration,
  • slight spherical aberration,
  • negligible astigmatism,
  • very good work against bright light,
  • fast autofocus.

Cons:

  • image quality near the maximum relative aperture on the edge of the frame should have been better,
  • very high distortion,
  • distinct coma (but only at the maximum relative aperture),
  • high vignetting,
  • not very accurate autofocus.

”Pancake” lenses are always a compromise between the image quality (especially on the edge of the frame) and their size. Small wonder the number of faults of such constructions is usually high and they are very similar for different lenses of that kind. It would be difficult to expect that a “pancake” won’t have a high vignetting level or it would break resolution records in the frame corners. It wouldn’t be very difficult to torture such a lens in the test summary, listing its shortcomings; however, it is better to think what we get instead. The Fujinon 2/18, tested here, has plenty to boast of. Apart a small and very solid casing you get a very good f/2.0 aperture fastness. What’s more, in the frame centre, even at the maximum relative aperture the lens provides sharp, fully useful images. Even its price, although high, doesn’t compare so very unfavourably with those of its rivals. The Panasonic 2.5/14 and the Sigma 2.8/19 are cheaper but slower, with a worse build quality at the same time . The Olympus 2/12 is as fast as the Fujinon, has a bit wider angle of view, a similar build quality but it is more expensive. You can honestly say the Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2R is a well done lens, fully recommendable to those users who understand what they are buying and what the limits of such a purchase are.

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Sample shots

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/900 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 3.67 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/750 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 3.91 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/550 sek., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 3.35 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/34 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.09 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/2900 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 5.31 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/450 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.39 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.66 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.0, exp. 1/170 s, ISO 400
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.17 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/350 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.6 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3300 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.45 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/60 s, ISO 250
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 3.88 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3300 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.7 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/320 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 3.62 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/3500 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.75 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/2.8, exp. 1/4000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 3.88 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/210 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.22 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/2000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.76 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1400 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 5.4 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/600 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 6.47 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/4.0, exp. 1/1000 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 6.22 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/1000 sek., ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.21 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/950 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.73 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/550 s, ISO 100
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.96 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/800 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.58 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/950 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.9 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/420 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.05 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.05 MB
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18 mm f/2 R - Summary
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/90 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 6.49 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 6.18 MB
Camera: Fujifilm X-Pro1
Parameters: 18 mm, f/11.0, exp. 1/240 s, ISO 200
File: JPEG, 4896×3264 pix, 4.45 MB



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