Revitalisation of 18

After testing the X70 and in the process completely falling in love with the wider field of view that the 28mm eq presents, I thought I would grab my old XF18mm f/2 from the cupboard and give it a renaissance run.

I always liked the XF18mm f/2. Mostly because of the focusing speed. Being one of the original 3 lenses designed for the X series, it was by far the fast focusing of that original triplet. But even after the introduction of newer, faster XF lenses it still remains among the fastest.

Image quality of this lens has always been criticised. Indeed it is the lowest corner resolution lens within the XF eco system, but center sharpness is good. For some X-series users this fact renders the lens pretty much useless for their type of photography. For street usage where critical corner sharpness isn’t always the important thing, its a very great lens. It’s small and fast. Two features that clearly outweigh the loss of resolution near the corners.  When all this is said its still a very sharp lens! All XF lenses are!


On the X-Pro2 the 18mm f/2 receive an even faster AF. I was really surprised by this. Its now super precise and super-fast. No hunting, no nothing. The added resolution of the X-Pro2 also seem to do something good for the lens performance. Images turn out much clearer and the colors actually seem a bit more vibrant (although my current state of mind makes me crush all the vibrancy in post! 😛 )

So this is just me sharing some street shots I took during the last couple of weeks with the X-Pro2 and the XF 18mm f/2. Is this combination better than the X70? to be honest, no. The new lens/camera combo in the X70 is superb! The lens in the X70 is only beat by the XF90mm in terms of overall sharpness and IQ. Which in itself is incredible.
But if you already own the XF18mm f/2 and plan on buying the X-Pro2. Rest assured.

The combination is rock solid!

All images shot on a pre-production X-Pro2 and the XF18mm f/2