Photos Taken with the FujiFilm XF 18-55mm ƒ/2.8-4 Lens

Here's a collection of photos I've taken with the FujiFilm XF 18-55mm lens to give some practical examples of how it performs in real-world shooting conditions.

FujiFilm’s XF 18-55mm lens is a popular choice as a kit lens with FujiFilm’s X-series of cameras. It’s relatively compact and highly versatile. Its maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8 comes in handy in the kind of variable lighting you get out and about on your travels. It also has optical image stabilization built-in, which is useful in many of the same types of conditions. And it has very respectable optical performance at a reasonable price.

All in all, it makes for a very appealing choice to take along with your X-series body for general travel photography and street photography. So I thought it might be useful to post some real-world examples of photos I’ve taken with this lens. My hope is that they might be useful to someone trying to decide whether the 18-55mm will be suitable for what they’re after.

This lens’s formal name is the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS zoom lens. And while it is often included as a kit lens and bundled with bodies like the X-T3 and X-T2, it’s a big step up from the kind of lenses that give “kit lens” a strongly negative connotation. It’s one of the better kit lenses I’ve used, and it’s sold as a standalone product and makes for a great choice for a versatile, good-quality everyday shooting lens.

At its widest, it has a focal length of 18mm. Zoomed all the way in, it has a focal length of 55mm. When used on X-series cameras, which have APS-C cropped sensors, it’s the equivalent of using a 27mm to 84mm lens on a full-frame camera (i.e. 35mm equivalent).1 I’ve posted some practical examples of the FujiFilm XF 18-55mm’s zoom range separately.

It has a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, but it’s not a constant maximum aperture throughout the zoom range. That is, when you’re zoomed out wide at 18mm, you can get a maximum aperture of ƒ/2.8, but as you zoom in, the available maximum aperture reduces in small increments until you get fully zoomed in to 55mm, at which point your maximum aperture available is ƒ/4.2

It’s also an aspherical lens, which means that it greatly reduces some of the common kinds of optical distortion that you can get with simpler lens designs. If you’re adding filters, it takes 58mm screw-on filters.

So here’s an assortment of photos I’ve taken with the FujiFilm XF 18-55mm lens on X-T3, X-T2, and X-T1 bodies. I’ve tried to include a range of different apertures and zoomed focal lengths while also emphasizing general travel-type photos. As you’ll see in some of the shots, the optical performance isn’t perfect–there’s some barrel distortion, especially when zoomed in, and there are sharpness issues at the smallest apertures around ƒ/22–but overall, the performance is quite good for such a cost-effective, compact, and versatile lens.

Sample Images Taken with a FujiFilm XF 18-55mm

I’ve included the zoom and aperture information in the caption of each image, and you can open up a full-size version by clicking on the image.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 35.8 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 26.5 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T3. Like all the shots on this page, this was taken hand-held. The wide aperture and optical image stabilization–along with very good high ISO performance of the X-T3–help keep things sharp and colorful.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T1.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 23.3 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T1. An an example of the bokeh.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 26.5 mm at ƒ/7.1 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 28.9 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 25.4 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/14 on a FujiFilm X-T1.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/11 on a FujiFilm X-T1.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/22 on a FujiFilm X-T3. Things start getting very soft at ƒ/22, and I’d generally avoid shooting at that. You can also see the distinctive star pattern from the small aperture here.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/22 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/20 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 21.4 mm at ƒ/16 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 25.4 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/11 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 48.4 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 32.9 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 25.4 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 26.5 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 35.8 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/11 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/5.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 39 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 22.3 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 23.3 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T1.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T1.

Zoomed out at 18mm.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 25.4 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/6.4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18.8 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 46.3 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 24.3 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 19.6 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T2. I haven’t run into any real issues with lens flaring unless I’ve tried very hard to provoke them. But in normal shooting, I just haven’t found it to be an issue.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/11 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 22.3 mm at ƒ/10 on a FujiFilm X-T3.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 21.4 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/16 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.6 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 40.7 mm at ƒ/22 on a FujiFilm X-T2. This is one of the times I’ve definitely expected lens flaring, and it’s definitely showed up. But there aren’t a lot of lenses that wouldn’t run into issues with a shot like this with two very bright light sources coming straight in the glass.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/4.5 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/3.2 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 55 mm at ƒ/8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 40.7 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 42.5 mm at ƒ/4 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Taken with a Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens zoomed to 18 mm at ƒ/2.8 on a FujiFilm X-T2.

Where to Buy

You can buy FujiFilm’s Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens standalone for $699 at B&H Photo. It’s also often offered bundled with FujiFilm X-series cameras like the X-T3.


  1. FujiFilm’s specs list the 35mm equivalent fully zoomed in as 84mm. On the X-T3, the EXIF data reports it as 83mm.
  2. You can find more technical specs of the lens here.

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  • Right now I only have samsung S8 build in camera, but low light photos are really bad with washed out colors. Now I want to buy a normal camera that would shoot better low light photos compared to my phone. I have a quession, is fufjifilm X-T30 + Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS a good choice? People say photos in low light condotions depends on brighter aperture, but my S8 phone already has f/1.7, while the lens from this article is f/2.8 so theorethically low light photos should be even worse compared to my phone, but practically your low light photos looks WAYYYY better compared to my S8 photos.

    • While it's true that ƒ/2.8 is technically smaller than ƒ/1.7, it's not an apples-to-apples comparison in this case because the sensors and lens openings are very different. The much larger sensor alone will make a big difference. So the low-light performance out of the X-T30 will almost always be much better in low-light despite how impressive some of the latest smartphone algorithms are. Sony's Alpha range cameras also have excellent low-light performance and are worth a look.

      • It seams that I should forget about my phone camera specification because like you have said there are obvious differences in size and quality.

        When it comes to sony there is one particular model I'm also considering. Sony a6400 has similar price and low light performance is indeed superb (at least from my point of reference)
        https://youtu.be/YVIMTWaBnwI

        I have found out also sony a6400 vs fujifilm xt-30 low light comparisons and it looks like both models should offer equally good low light performance, but after studying informations in regards to both cameras I think fujifilm xt-30 should be more user friendly camera and fuji 2.8-4 lens more universal.

        https://youtu.be/Lcr7ytM_TVM
        https://youtu.be/8ZN-t2jY39o

        These low light comparison videos looks stunning.

        Thank you David for including so many full resolution photos because you helped me to make a final decision. Your low light photos looks MUCH better compared to my S8 phone, so I will be happy with XT30+f/2.8 combo anyway :).

        • I have finally bought X-T30 + kit 18-55 2.8-4 lens and I'm shocked how much better photos I can take take now. In extreme low light conditions (where I cant see anything with my own eyes) and 1s shutter speed that thing can see in the dark and picture is not filtered like on my S8 phone :P. What's more I'm shocked how more real colors and contrast looks like on xt30, and not to mention 55mm is extremely usefull during shooting portraits. People say camera build in phones are good enough but I say that's BS, because the difference is staggering. I have comparisons between my S8 and xt30 photos and all people say the difference is huge :P. Now I just have lear photography secrets in order to make better pictures :D

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