The Fujifilm XF 18mmF1.4 R LM WR Lens Hands-On Review

A deep dive into Fujifilm’s widest, fastest lens.

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A gorgeously fresh perspective on wide angles with a swift autofocusing mechanism perfect for a range of captures on the go. The bad boy is wonderful for any and all filmmaking purposes, being one of the dudes you often see on the YouTube channel.

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XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Lens


Get up close and wide open with Fujifilm’s versatile new prime lens – the high-quality, portable, and weather-resistant FUJINON XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR. With a focal length equivalent to 27mm, it’s the per...

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1. Overall First Impressions

Best For: Street photographers, creatives wanting a great lens for vlogging or filming oneself, fast shooters, and landscape artists.

I recently got my hands on Fujifilm's latest gem, and let me tell you, it's a game-changer. This little powerhouse is compact, easy to carry, and tough enough to handle whatever the weather throws. Whether I'm out capturing the beauty of landscapes for large production shoots, the hustle and bustle of city streets, or those candid lifestyle moments ofmy cute family, this lens has become my go-to for all of y photography and videography needs.

The 27mm equivalent focal length is perfect for various photography compositions. But what sets this lens apart is its superb autofocus — incredibly quick, ensuring I never miss a beat. The wide F1.4 aperture allows me to play with depth of field and shoot in various lighting conditions without a hitch. But it's not just about the specs. The weather resistance feature is a true lifesaver. I've shot in dusty deserts, humid forests, and even during chilly snowfalls, and this lens has taken it all in stride, ensuring my creative flow isn't interrupted by the elements.

In short, the XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR lens has earned its spot as my trusty sidekick on my photography adventures. Fujifilm packed every detail-capturing ability into this lens, making it a perfect match for any X Series mirrorless camera.

No Aberrations

Uses 15 lens elements — as well as one ED and three aspherical elements — to minimize unwarranted optical aberrations.

Fast Autofocus

This precise internal system drives all six focusing elements to deliver responsive, near-silent AF down to 7.9in (20cm) as fast as 0.04 seconds.


Resistant seals are used to allow for continued operation in dusty, moist, and freezing conditions down to -10°C (14°F).

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2. Fujifilm Does It Again

What truly amazes me is how Fujifilm has managed to engineer such a wide-angle lens that maintains sharpness across the entire frame and minimizes distortion like a pro. The use of 15 lens elements, including one ED and three aspherical elements, works wonders in reducing optical aberrations. The result? Thanks to those rounded aperture blades, stunningly detailed images with a bokeh that's just to die for. The 27mm equivalent focal length paired with that deliciously wide F1.4 aperture has been a game-changer, allowing me to capture everything from the subtle nuances of a landscape to the dynamic energy of street life, all while maximizing the lens's incredible resolving power.

The autofocus feature is another standout for me. The lens' AF motor delivers fast, silent, and precise focusing, making it a breeze to capture those fleeting moments with clarity. And for those times when I want to take control, the manual focusing ring offers a level of precision and ease that makes creative focusing techniques effortlessly achievable.

But let's not forget about durability. The weather resistance of this lens is phenomenal. Equipped with eight weather-resistant seals, it's ready to face just about any harsh condition you can think of, allowing me to push my creative boundaries without worrying about the elements. Adding an ‘A’ position lock on the aperture ring is a thoughtful touch, ensuring I can fully immerse myself in the creative process without any distractions.

In conclusion, the FUJINON XF18mmF1.4 lens is a testament to Fujifilm's commitment to quality and creativity. Whether it's the lens's superior image quality, robust build, or user-friendly features, it's clear that this lens is designed for those who care deeply about the art of photography and the stories they want to tell through their images.

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What We Rate

  • Weather
    • Leave it in the studio
    • Chance of Rain
    • You’re going to get wet
    • Take it in a storm

  • Build Quality
    • Cheap
    • What You'd Expect
    • Solid
    • Top of the Line

  • Image Quality
    • Is that even in focus?
    • Passable
    • Sharp
    • Tack Sharp

  • Skill Level Required
    • Just Getting Started
    • Upgrading form Kit Lens
    • Shoots Regularly
    • Professional

  • Weight
    • Ultra Light
    • Light
    • Average
    • Heavy

  • Size
    • Pancake
    • Prime
    • A Little Zoom
    • Dad Lens

  • Aperture Range
    • Slow
    • Decent Speed
    • Fast
    • Super Fast
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The Details:

But don't let its small stature fool you. This lens is a heavyweight in performance, packing a punch that satisfies both the casual snap-shooter and the most demanding professionals. Its versatility is unmatched, making it the perfect everyday tool that doesn't just meet your needs — it exceeds them, turning every capture into a masterpiece. Measuring a mere 3.0 inches in length and tipping the scales at just 13.1 ounces, it will become your go-to companion, no matter where your next photo or video gig takes you.

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What It Has:

  • 35mm Equivalent: 27mm
  • Angle of View: 76.5
  • Max. Aperture: F1.4
  • Min. Aperture: F16
  • Number of Aperture Blades: 9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Aperture Step Size: 1/3EV (22 Steps)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance (cm): 20
  • Minimum Focusing Distance (in): 7.87

What It Does:

  • Greater Resolving Power to Offer Best Possible Image Quality
  • Less Chromatic/Comatic Aberration and Beautiful Bokeh
  • Fast, Quiet, and Smooth Focus
  • Compact Size F1.4 Lens
  • Weather-Resistant Design With A Position Lock on Aperture Ring


  • Packaged Width (in): 5.9
  • Packaged Height (in): 5.3
  • Packaged Depth (in): 5.5
  • Packaged Weight (lb): 2
  • Packaged Width (cm): 14.9
  • Packaged Height (cm): 13.5
  • Packaged Depth (cm): 13.9

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