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Old 08-21-2016   #1
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The Fuji XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is presently on sale. I already have the 18-55 and 55-200 and think this lens will give me more versatility. Does anyone have experience with this lens? I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions.

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I will not speak for it's quality, but only for the
question of buying an 18-135 when you already
have the 18-55 plus the 55-200. My lens are not
Fuji, but I have the pair of zoom like yours, of
exact same range. So I thought I would never
add a wide to extra long single zoom that puts
most of that pair all into one lens.

But I did it. I was not dissatisfied with the pair.
I felt no practical reason for buying the extra
long single zoom. But I did it and now I'm very
attached to it. It has it's compromises, but I'm
not an IQ geek, I'm content oriented, and now
favor the "all-in-one" over the pair.

I won't part with my 18-55, cuz sometimes it's
it's good to have a more compact package if
no need of the longer FLs is expected.

So thaz the convenience-driven story. As far
as ranking or rating the optics, I'll leave that
to someone who cares about that more than
I ever will.

PS.

Sometime it's not all about convenience. It
can also be about not opening up your sensor
to dirt when changing lenses in not so clean
conditions.
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I just bought this lens for its versatility. Not the sharpest lens I have, especially wide open, but got it more for convenience, and a one lens solution for travel.

One thing to be aware of is its weather sealing. Because of it, there is a fair amount of resistance when you try to turn the zoom ring to the 135mm position. The lens usually stops just short of 135mm, and requires an extra "nudge" to get there.
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Thanks guys for the information.

The sale is on till end Sept. and there are several Fuji owners at my camera club so I'll be researching further once the new season starts early Sept.

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I sold the 18-55 and replaced with the 18-135, just a better walk around lens
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Whoa... I guess that makes sense for a walk-arounder. The 18-55 isn't total high quality, but it is close from what I have read. But the 18-135 is probably the only real "walk around with one" lens in the Fuji line...
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That's why I switched, beats carrying two lenses.

its a 27mm to 200mm real world lens.

I do have a 55-200mm and a 10-24mm as well.
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I also sold the 18-55 and bought the 18-135mm which is a great walk-around lens. I also bought the 100-400mm which is fantastic, but heavy.
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Originally Posted by Amnon View Post
I'd appreciate your comments and suggestions.
Since this is an old thread, you have probably made a decision by now.
It would be nice if you gave us an update.

Here is my opinion on the 18-135 f/3.5 to f/5.6 and similar zooms:
1. Image quality is not as high as I need.
2. Maximum f/stops are too low for my shooting needs.
3. Lens is too large for my taste.
4. I did not buy a camera with an interchangeable lens feature just to use it with only one lens.
5. When I need to travel with only one camera and one lens, I prefer to carry a compact camera with a zoom.
6. I prefer to travel with two cameras/two lenses such as an 18-55 on one body and a 55-200 on a second body.

On the other hand, I know many photographers who simply love the 18-135 f/3.5 to f/5.6 and similar zooms.
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Since this is an old thread, you have probably made a decision by now.
It would be nice if you gave us an update.
For what it's worth, the original poster hasn't been active on this site for several months, so such an update from him probably isn't forthcoming. The story is different for more recent buyers and posters.

In my case, I don't have an Olympus system, though I did look at Olympus back in 2006 when I was deciding on a dSLR system. I had my reasons for ultimately rejecting Oly, but the quality of the lenses was not one of them.

In my own case, I shoot a lot indoors under available light, so I need lenses that open wide to let in a lot of light, especially at the telephoto end where you have to keep the shutter speed up to avoid blur from camera movement. For this reason, everything I have, with two exceptions, opens up to at least f/2.8 through its entire zoom range. Such lenses tend not to have large zoom ranges and are usually limited to about 3:1 for those with telephoto capability and 2:1 for wide-angle fast zooms. I also have an assortment of fast primes where even f/2.8 doesn't have enough light gathering power, but that's another story.


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