XF18-55/f2.8-4 or XF18f2?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by vibranze, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Hi,

    I would like to seek an opinion from you guys between the 2 lenses above, which one is better in terms of IQ? I don't mind to trade versatility for IQ.

    Thanks.
     
  2. RStarPhoto

    RStarPhoto FujiXspot Regular

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    Dec 4, 2013
    I don't have any experience with the 18, but I'd imagine as in almost all cases the prime has better IQ than the zoom.
     
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  3. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Thanks for the response. :)

    I have the same perception as well, prime IQ is always better than zoom but based on the price tag, XF1855 price is more expensive than XF18 ($694.99 vs $399) so I'm wondering is it because of the IQ or the versatility that causing it more expensive than XF18.
     
  4. serhan

    serhan FujiXspot Regular

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  5. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Thanks Serhan, this is definitely helpful. :)
     
  6. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    I've found the 18-55 to be better of the two. But that is opinion based.
     
  7. mguffin

    mguffin FujiXspot Regular

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    Mike
    This is a response that I read all the time. I don't have the XF 18, but it is a little smaller, a little faster and a little cheaper, BUT the IQ on the 18-55 is just excellent... so you would get both, quality and versatility
     
  8. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Thanks guys. After I read the review from photozone.de and the MTF chart, it's suggests that XF1855 is definitely better than XF18.

    I think I will stick with it at the moment and not trade it for XF18, in future I maybe just get XF14 instead. :)

    Cheers.
     
  9. alans

    alans FujiXspot Regular

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    Oct 31, 2013
    My first lens was the 18-55 and then I picked up a used 18. The 18 I had didn't impress me so I sold it. My 18-55 was at least as sharp as the 18. Because of sample variation I probably had one of the weaker ones. For me it didn't have the "wow, this thing is sharp" that my 14, 23 and 60 have. I also had a sharp 35 but I sold that as I used the 18-55 more. YMMV and I've seen very nice shots done with the 18.
     
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  10. mguffin

    mguffin FujiXspot Regular

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    Apr 10, 2013
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    Mike
    The XF 14 is great too...
     
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  11. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Thanks. The reason I want XF18 is because I want to go prime and compact, but if the IQ is not there then I will definitely stick to XF18-55, after all XF18-55 is not that big. :)
    Cheers.
     
  12. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Haha yeah, XF14 is great and it is in my wish list. :D
     
  13. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    It will come down to your wants/needs/uses. I have the 14, 23, and 56 on order. Plus the 18-55 and 55-200. All serve different purposes. I had an 18 and wasn't impressed enough to keep it over the 18-55.
     
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  14. vibranze

    vibranze FujiXspot Regular

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    Nov 14, 2013
    Thanks. I am saving up to get 14mm instead, beside 23 and 56. :)
    Cheers.
     
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  15. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    That's an excellent set of glass. Enjoy!
     
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