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Fast and wide from Fujifilm

Posted on Apr 16, 2021

Fujifilm’s X Series continues to grow – say hello to the XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR, a fast aperture version of a popular wide-angle focal length. It’s ideal for street, scenic and any other photographic style under the sun.

The Fujifilm XF18mm f/2 R was one of three original lenses, along with the X-Pro1, when the system was unveiled in 2012. It’s still a lovely performer and compact, too. However, the introduction of the Fujifilm XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR is very welcome – bringing the benefits of an even faster maximum aperture, along with the latest optical and focusing technologies to this popular focal length, which is equivalent to 27mm in the 35mm format.

It weighs just 370g, but it’s no lightweight

The new lens’s optical design features 15 elements in nine groups, including three aspherical and one ED element. This provides exceptional performance across the frame at every aperture and focusing distance, with the six-element focusing group adjusting during focusing to reduce aberration fluctuations.

It’s a compact lens, too. It weighs just 370g, but it’s no lightweight. When it comes to handling challenging conditions, there are weather-resistant seals in eight key locations. Other points of interest include an aperture ring click-stopped in 0.3EV steps, an A position lock and a minimum focus of just 20cm. Its filter size is 62mm.

The Fujifilm XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR is priced at £879, going on sale in late May.

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