Fujinon 18-55 – The ultimate kitlens? REVIEW

 

In my latest review i´m taking a close look at the small and leightweight Fuji kitlens, the Fujinon 18-55 F 2.8 – F4, which i mainly bought for video because of it´s ois and the zoomrange. You will also see how good this kitlens performs on the Gudsen Moza Aircross Gimbal . Some say this is one of the best kitlenses available or even it is the ultimate kit lens, but how good is it really? Take a look at  my results in this review video! If you haven´t allready make shure to subscribe to my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiTupTj11iyk_Baxt29EsQQ?view_as=subscriber

ABOUT THE FUJI KIT LENS

Type XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS
Lens construction 14 elements in 10groups
(includes 3 aspherical and 1 extra low dispersion elements)
Focal length
(35mm format equivalent)
f=18 – 55mm
(27 – 84mm)
Angle of view 76.5° – 29°
Max. aperture F2.8 – F4
Min. aperture F22
Aperture control
Number of blades
7(rounded diaphragm opening)
Stop size
1/3EV (19 stops)
Focus range
Normal
Approx. 0.6m – ∞ (whole zoom position)
Macro
Wide : 30cm – 10m
Telephoto : 40cm – 10m
Max. magnification 0.15x (Telephoto)
External dimensions : Diameter x Length* (approx.)
*distance from camera lens mount flange
ø65.0mm x 70.4mm(Wide) / 97.9mm(Telephoto)
Weight* (approx.)
*excluding caps and hoods
310g
Filter size ø58mm+

IMAGE SAMPLES

CONCLUSION

This kitlens is a lot better than i thought and for me it´s definetly a keeper. The small size and weight makes it a perfect travel zoom and since it has very good OIS built in, the variable aperture is not a big deal and you can still keep your ISO setting low. The sharpness  and image quality from 2.8 is not as good as on a Fuji prime lens of course, but the performance is still very good for a kitlens and i would definetly not regret it to only have this lens with me and not my Fuji prime lens.  The video AF-C could be better and hunts from time to time, but it´s still very usable and if you are using a gimbal like the Moza Aircross than just set it to single AF and to F8 or manual and focus set to infinity.

 

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