Eternally Dependable: the Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4

The term “kit lens” can be misleading when it comes to the Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens. It’s both a sad and ill-informed brand of photographic snobbery to simply dismiss a piece of camera gear because of its price point or title, and that’s no more so true than with the XF18-55mm “kit lens.” Sure enough, there has been some pretty awful kit lenses produced by the main camera manufacturers over the years. They’re often primarily aimed add adding apparent value when selling a camera body, and they are often soon discarded to the useless box which is stashed on top of a wardrobe or under a cupboard. Unfortunately the term “kit lens” has become somewhat synonymous with cheap tack, and that stigma takes some getting past for many photographers. In many ways I think that Fujifilm made a huge mistake in branding the 18-55mm as a “kit lens” (or in not seeing that it would be sold termed as a “kit lens”), it really does a disservice to this of particular lens. This was the very first zoom lens for the X Series. My first copy (which I still use) came attached with my original X-E1 in 2013, not long … Continue reading Eternally Dependable: the Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4