FujiFilm – Settling in with a Wide Zeiss

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Optical performance is outstanding. Sharp images, contrasty and bold colors.

In the last post I had only spent a few hours with the Zeiss 18mm f/4 ZM and wanted to hold back judgement until I spent more time shooting it. After a long weekend with it on the FujiFilm X-T1 (and the Leica M9) it’s not a stretch to say that it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite lenses.

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Looking west at sunset.

On X-mount bodies this 18mm lens gives you approximately the sam fov as a 27mm lens on a full frame body. The fit, finish and feel are all top-notch, on par with its Leica siblings.

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Bic Camera, next to Shinjuku Station West Exit, is roomy, bright and has just about every piece of gear  you could ever dream about.

Focusing with an 18mm f/4 lens isn’t much of an issue, especially when stopped down to f5.6 or f8. The depth of field at f8 is huge and requires little if any focusing.

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Sake offerings at the Meji Shrine.

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Outside of Shinjuku Station.

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One of the walkways to/from Golden Gai.

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Some of Shinjuku’s smaller streets.

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Pedestrian crossing.

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Yours truly hidden in the shadows.

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Sharp in the middle of the frame wide open
  • Sharp in the corners stopped down to f5.6
  • Contrasty (this is a pro in my view, but my not be to everyone’s taste)
  • Beautiful, rich colors SOOC
  • Smooth focus ring
  • Clicks nicely into place on aperture ring
  • Reasonably priced ($800 used at time of purchase)
  • focuses down to .5m although rangefinder coupling stops at .7m

Cons:

  • Out of production
  • OEM hood may be hard to find and expensive

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