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Fuji brings the X-factor with the new XF18mm F1.4 LM WR

Latest Fuji lens is a versatile and portable lens option…

Fuji has pulled the covers off its latest lens and the XF18mm F1.4 LM WR looks set to be a versatile optic that can cover many photo situations and genres.

Image by Fuji captured with the XF 18mm F1.4 LM WR

The 39th lens in Fuji’s X-series line-up offers an equivalent focal length of 27mm, making the lens suitable for everything from landscape and architecture photography to wider portraiture work and, thanks to that fast maximum aperture of f/1.4, the lens should also prove useful for wedding photographers, too.

Fuji is well known for its range of lightweight and portable mirrorless camera bodies and the XF 18mm follows the same design, measuring 7.56cm and tipping the scales at only 370g. Featuring a ‘15 elements in 9 groups’ design, the lens includes three aspherical lenses and one ED lens for enhanced image quality.

Image by Fuji captured with the XF 18mm F1.4 LM WR

Photographers looking to fill the frame with a subject will be pleased to hear the XF 18mm features a closest focusing distance of just 20cm and photographers can expect to see impressive bokeh when shooting at f/1.4.

The inclusion of a powerful linear motor brings a number of benefits to the lens, including the ability to lock on to subjects in as quick as 0.04 seconds and ensure that the lens is near-silent when focusing – particularly useful when shooting in situations where discretion is needed (wedding and street photography) and of course when filming with the camera too.

Image by Fuji captured with the XF 18mm F1.4 LM WR

Professional photographers working in harsh conditions should know that the XF18mm F1.4 LM WR features weather-resistant seals at eight locations, providing protection from dust or moisture and can operate in temperatures as low as -10 degrees.

Image by Fuji captured with the XF 18mm F1.4 LM WR

Other features include an all metal barrel and an aperture ring, with the XF18mm F1.4 LM WR set to start shipping in late May with a price-tag of around £880.