Can I learn to like shooting wide? Here is my Fuji 18mm f2 Review I make no qualms about my love of shooting telephoto lenses. I’ve never liked shooting wide. Trying to force myself to like my Fujifilm x100 was a challenge. I was happiest when I learned Fuji would release a 50mm tele-adapter for the x100. I was born with a Canon SLR equipped with a 50mm lens in place. I know that length (and longer) better than anyone else.
I decided to try out this lens – 18mm (27mm after crop factor). Some people love it, some people don’t. If you look up Fuji 18mm f2 you’ll see some polarized opinions. It feels cheap, it doesn’t focus well, the optical quality doesn’t equal other Fuji lens. I can go on and on citing other reviews – but that this is a Fuji 18mm f2 Review – not a list of others’ opinions.
- The optical quality is what you’d expect from a Fuji lens – little in the way of distortion.
- The color and saturation are both crisp.
- Small, light-weight and compact. Great as a walking around lens.
- Nice build quality
- Fast with f/2.0 maximum aperture
- The price – acceptable for a fast prime.
- The AF is a tad slow.
I shoot mainly street. Street shooters swear by their 35mm lenses. (They do, I don’t). 18mm (27mm after crop factor) is really wide for me. Like super-wide. I’m a sniper, not an artillery man.
Surprisingly, shooting candids on the Hong Kong MTR with the Fuji 18mm f2 was fun. In the tight space of a subway car, 18mm was welcome – as was the f/2. On the streets the 18mm allowed me to get very close to a subject. Using the Fuji Camera Remote App and the 18mm gave me new options in shooting.
All in all – I don’t love shooting wide – but moving outside your comfort zone, getting perspective, is a good thing. I’ll keep using the Fuji 18mm F2 and see if I can ever come to grips with shooting wide. DEDPXL has a good write up on the Fuji 18mm f2 as well as all the other X Series lenses. Check that out.