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C. Frost XF 18mmF1.4 Review: “This Lens Must Have Traveled Back in Time from Some Technological Advanced Future”

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image courtesy: FujiRumors ;) - background image taken with X-E3 at 18mm (using XF18-55) in Orvieto (Umbria- Italy)
image courtesy: FujiRumors ;) – background image taken with X-E3 at 18mm (using XF18-55) in Orvieto (Umbria- Italy)

Christopher Frost reviews the XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR and he seems to be moderately satisfied with the performance of this lens ;).

In short:

  • gorgeous built quality second to none
  • manual focus turn smoothly but responds jerky
  • fast autofocus and completely silent
  • very small lens for such a well built and fast lens
  • spectacular sharpness all over the frame from center to corner even at f/1.4
  • one of the sharpest APS-C lenses he has ever seen. What an achievement by Fujifilm
  • negligible distortion
  • at f/1.4 strong vignetting
  • close up image quality at f/1.4 is excellent
  • almost no coma smearing
  • bokeh looks lovely and smooth
  • even at f/1.4 no real chromatic aberration, Fuji performed some magic trick
  • he feels this lens fell from a space ship or has been transported back in time from some technological advanced future
  • it is virtually perfect
  • much better IQ than the XF16mmF1.4
  • stellar optic and highly recommended

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