Fuji X Zoom Lens

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by merlin, Jan 28, 2018.

  1. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Merlin Emrys
    I am wondering if there are any Fuji zooms that cover approx. 24-135mm with excellent IQ, and neither weigh a ton nor cost an arm or leg.

    The fixed lens on my X30 covers 28-112, which is mostly sufficient for my hiking needs, but I am looking for one to work with my X-T1 and X-T2.
     
  2. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    The 18-135 is the closest to that focal range. It is weather sealed with excellent image stabilization. And great image quality.
     
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  3. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Merlin Emrys
    Thanks, Bobby. Sadly, that lens received about a 3 out of 5 optical quality rating at photozone de, and a number of reviews at B&H confirm this. Also, I do not need more than 135 AOV.
     
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  4. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    Unfortunately that is all Fuji has in the super zoom category. 18-55/55-200 would be the next best solution. But it leaves you with two lenses.
     
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  5. AndyH44

    AndyH44 FujiXspot Regular

    Maybe rent an 18-135 and see for yourself if it's I.Q is good enough for you. Don't let others' opinions be the deciding factor, but only a guideline. Bobby just nailed it!
     
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  6. Mike G

    Mike G FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Although I have the 18-135, I have chosen to go the prime route hence the 80mm purchase. I have seen rumours of a XC 16-70mm, but it may be a longish wait!
     
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  7. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Yes, an f/4 16-90 would be perfect for my needs. My primes are top-notch, but carrying all, or most, of them whilst hiking is not why I switched to mirrorless!!!
     
  8. Mike G

    Mike G FujiXspot Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Mike Gorman
    I totally agree, myself I don’t intend to take them all with me every time, just pick one or maybe two. Which is easy for me as I tend to wear a photographers vest made by Domke stacks of pockets(15). And nobody has called me a nerd yet. :2thumbs:

    Just using one or two primes teaches me to zoom with my feet, however the places you tend to roam around that might be difficult!
     
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  9. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    I occasionally take only the X-T2 and one prime (generally the 23/1.4 or 90/2) as a challenge. But hiking below those imposing rock cliffs in the Nature Preserve often requires a zoom like the one on my X30, which is why that camera is the one I use most often on these excursions.

    But the small sensor imposes a number of restrictions, not least of which is difficulty shooting against the sunlight. This creates a great loss of contrast, and often blown highlights. The X-T2 (and X-T1) handle this type of situation very well.

    And wearing a photographer's vest would be impossible since I carry a backpack with padded waist belt on all these hikes with safety gear and such.
     
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  10. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    I found a like-new minus 18-55 at KEH for 37% less than new. Should arrive by the end of the week, and I look forward to taking it on hikes.

    Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!
     
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  11. AndyH44

    AndyH44 FujiXspot Regular

    Let us know how it works for you. Seriously considering one myself!
     
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  12. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    The 18-55 is an excellent lens.
     
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  13. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley FujiXspot All-Pro

    May 2, 2016
    Tony
    It has been a toss-up for me. At present, I'm all primes except for the 50-230. I really like compact and light. On the other hand, the 18-55 has nice IQ, and is convenient in what it covers. I have considered getting another 18-55, but have held off so far.
     
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  14. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
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    Kyle
    I resisted for a year or so, then caved in. And it's been super useful.
     
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  15. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Merlin Emrys
    After taking only one prime on each of my last two off-trail hikes (23/1.4 and 16/1.4), I was blown away by the IQ compared with my X30, especially when shooting into the light. But I missed the greater range of a zoom (the X30 is 28-112 AOV).

    It will be interesting to see how the 18-55 performs with the X-T2.
     
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  16. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Kyle
    It's almost frustrating how well fuji did with the 18-55 lens version 1.0, right out of the gate. Baffling, even. The traditional approach seemed to be to put out something slower, less sharp, etc, so that there would be a compelling reason to upgrade. That's 90% of why I skipped the lens when I bought the XT1 new. Then I borrowed one, and ... none of my preconceived notions played out. I traded a friend the 14 prime for it, and even though I use primes more often than not, I use This 18-55 Lens as much as any other single lens, for sure.
     
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  17. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Merlin Emrys
    I hope my experience is as excellent as yours! Thanks.
     
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  18. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    I cheat. My kit is four primes. But the kit my dad and I put together for my middle spawn has an 18-55 and 50-230. So, on occasion I borrow a zoom :biggrin:
     
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  19. merlin

    merlin FujiXspot Top Veteran

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    Merlin Emrys
    In my younger days, carrying two DSLRs and 2 extra primes in addition to a backpack was no big deal. But now, for the most part, one camera and lens has to suffice.
     
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  20. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    I had my days covering two and three day events. Some of those being offroad events with lots of nice steep hills to climb. Carrying two Canon pro/1D series DSLRs with a prime on each and another prime in a Think Tank pouch on a belt. I'm like you. Now one body with two-three of the f2 primes is all I need 90% of the time. The 2 primes are so light you don't notice the weight of them.
     
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