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Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR ePHOTOzine Review: “Outstanding Sharpness and Delightful Lens to Use”


The Fujinon XF18mmF1.4 keeps up its victory parade.

After getting the Gold Award by DPR, it is now also highly recommended by ePHOTOzine with a long list of virtues and just minor negatives (none of them has to do with image quality).

In fact, in their latest review they write:

An 18mm lens on APS-C format is not unheard of, as there are compact cameras around with fixed 18.3mm f/2.8 lenses. In fact, the focal length is quite versatile, offering landscape, travel, architecture and street as its main areas. This new lens does however also lift itself into something else entirely by way of its outstanding technical performance plus its bright, fast f/1.4 maximum aperture. This alone makes the outlay worthwhile and Fujifilm users will I’m sure be delighted by its performance.

It is not only technical performance that recommends this lens, but also very fine handling. There are not many controls, but everything is smooth as silk and the lens is a very enjoyable ergonomic experience.

In summary, the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18mm f/1.4 R LM WR is another outstanding lens from Fujifilm and Highly Recommended.


  • Outstanding sharpness
  • Very low CA
  • Modest vignetting
  • Virtually no distortion
  • Well made
  • Fast and quiet AF
  • Excellent aperture ring
  • Weather resistance
  • Fast maximum aperture
  • Compact lens


  • Not inexpensive
  • No distance scale
  • No depth of field scale

As for the lack of depth of field scale, a Fujifilm manager explained here why they did not implement it. To read the full review check out the ePHOTOzine article here.