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    Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Waiting for delivery of the X-E1 kit with 18-55 lens. The kit isn't shipping here in the US yet as far as I can tell. But wanted to get feedback on the 18-55. Some of the preliminary reviews I've read sound good.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    I just received my 18-55 today Shaun. Of course the weather has been terrible - mist and fog and drizzle all day. I took a few snaps around the house at high ISO mainly, but from what I have seen so far it seems very nice indeed. The OIS works well. Focus speed is snappy. Manual focus is smooth, as is the zoom. Feels very solid and well built and a bargain compared to other high quality zooms. This isn't your normal 'kit zoom'.

    I shan't post any samples at this time if you don't mind, but there are quite a few floating around on the web now anyway.

    This will be a pretty nice setup for a travel and walk about.

    Edit: The bokeh is rather nice too - Good job Fuji.

    Cheers
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    David -
    mist and fog and drizzle all day
    Those are the best days to be out ;-)
    Thanks for the report, sounds good so far.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by soboyle View Post
    David -
    mist and fog and drizzle all day
    Those are the best days to be out ;-)
    Thanks for the report, sounds good so far.
    This was the best I could do Shaun:

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Nice!
    Quoth the Raven "Nevermore."
    Around these parts foggy days are few and far between, so I rush out with camera in hand when we get one.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    i haven't had time to shoot lately due to my work schedule, so i didn't bother ordering the lens yet. thing should calm down after thanksgiving, so i hope to order next week. in the mean time, i can't wait to see everyone's photos and reviews of it.

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Waiting .... Impatiently. I ordered the kit plus a 14mm and the wait to add the X-E1 & zoom plus the 14mm to my X-Pro1 outfit feels like an eternity at the moment, especially after reading the X-E1 body reports.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    In planning stages of a nice little trip for 2013 and plan on leaving the medium format and Canon gear behind to travel fairly light. X-E1 with zoom plus 14mm seems like a good choice. But wondering what will be the "longest" lens that can put on the X-E1 and X-Pro1 bodies, whether in planning stages by Fuji or out there presently?

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    I'm using a Zeiss ZM 85 with the adapter as my long lens. It works well and isn't too large. When Fuji come up with an AF offering beyond 60mm I'll certainly add that.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    >I'm using a Zeiss ZM 85 with the adapter as my long lens. It works well and isn't too large.

    You mean the f/4 version. I like it a lot.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Where the heck are these cameras/lenses?!!!! Come on Fuji, let us spend our money! I really want one of these Kits! Looks like the perfect travel camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshMerwin View Post
    Where the heck are these cameras/lenses?!!!! Come on Fuji, let us spend our money! I really want one of these Kits! Looks like the perfect travel camera.
    ditto.

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Double ditto.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    I have had my X-E1 on order for months. Oh well, the DP2M is interesting in the meantime.

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    My X-E1 and kit lens will arrive tomorrow—I have on-sold the kit lens to another member, because I am disciplining myself to the 30 and the 60. Of course, I might buy one later!

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Ooh ooh ooh ... I'm first on my dealer list so maybe, just maybe, it'll be here too.

    That said, I'm definitely most interested in the 14mm too.

    They'll all be here soon enough and we'll quickly forget the wait. It feels like ordering Leica gear all over again.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Don't hate me...I opened my Ipad on Sat at 8am and Safari opened to Samy's Camera's website. (i had been doing research on used lighting gear two days before that) So just for kicks I searched for the X-E1 kit. It said in stock. I guess they had 1 in stock because as soon as I bought it, I checked again and it said only pre-order...It's coming form LA to NY, I did ground shipping. So I'll let you all know if it's the real deal on Friday! I hope I'm not screwing myself for the next new camera that comes out by giving this info, Haha. But they seem to get some stock when other people don't have any. I got one D800E through NPS and a few weeks later checked Samy's site and they had 2 more available, so I bought those as well. No one else had them in stock at that time.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Well, the good news is that the X-E1 kit arrived today so undoubtedly they're in general circulation. Battery is charging ...

    I went with the silver body. The lens construction seems identical to the other Fuji lenses although this time the hood is plastic. Curiously I notice that the aperture dial has no markings on it which seems a little unusual I suppose. That said it is fly by wire and doesn't have dedicated stops (you can turn it a full 360 degrees) so that kind of explains that.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    I picked up the 18-55 last Friday as a kit with the fujifilm X E1 at Vistek in Calgary, they had 4 kits,2 silver , 2 black , another sold as I was buying mine, also bought the 35mm and the 60, the 18-55 and the 60 required a firmware update.
    All these lenses are outstanding, and so is the Fuji X E1, it was the Fuji X10 that motivated me to go the Fuji direction, also shot Fuji mf in film and had an S-5.

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    I'm going to have to reconcile the difference in size & girth between the X-Pro1 and the X-E1. My X-Pro1 has a RRS L bracket on it and feels huge compared to the diminutive X-E1. The balance is different too as the lens is more significant on the X-E1 vs X-Pro1.

    The 18-55 on the X-Pro1 is wonderfully balanced. Ditto the 35/18 on the X-E1.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by kit laughlin View Post
    My X-E1 and kit lens will arrive tomorrow—I have on-sold the kit lens to another member, because I am disciplining myself to the 30 and the 60. Of course, I might buy one later!
    Kit, I'll be sending it out tomorrow!

    I have one silver 18-55 kit available if anyone is looking...see the classifieds.

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Post in fun thread also...

    Mine just arrived! Two quick pics of Houston before I have to go out...
    Just used the jpg. The camera feels pretty responsive. The body is much lighter than i thought it would be. The zoom lens adds some weight. Overall it feels good in my hands. Shot at f/4, ss- 1/30. ISO 800 I think. Nice out of focus area behind Houston and her ears are a little soft, which is nice shallow DofF for f/4. Will try to play with it some more this weekend. May need to pick up a small fixed lens. If you have any questions or want me to test something specific, let me know.

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    Mine should arrive Tuesday...

    Excited, I must say! Loving the DP2M in the meantime, too

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Since I got this lens I have had little opportunity to use it due to ongoing house refurbishment. However I did get a brief chance today at dusk and I continue to admire the performance of the 18-55 on the XP-1.


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    ISO 200 18mm




    A High ISO sample



    Another highish ISO




    That's all folks, thanks for looking!
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Took a few today with the XE1 and 18-55 in a low lit museum. Pretty good OIS with this lens. All are SOOC with some having the shadows raised due to me neglecting to put the EC back to 0.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Anyone taking delivery of the X-E1 kit from B&H? This waiting is killing me. Have a shoot planned at Christmas, hoping delivery is before then.
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    I got my kit (X-E1 and 18-55 lens) from Samy's camera within 4 days of ordering it, even though the web page said it was backordered.

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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    After receiving my 18-55mm zoom for my X-E1, I sold my 35/1.4 and 60mm macro.
    Since I am a F8-F11 kind of guy, IMHO the zoom is the way to go.]
    Even at 18mm F8 very nice sharpness across the entire frame.
    Now if the new version of C1 can really deliver, I will be a happy camper.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    I did consider selling my 60 macro after getting the 18-55 zoom, but have reconsidered, I'd lose too much money and I'd rather keep it and use it, as it is a great lens. I also will keep the small 18mm for similar reasons.

    The 18-55 is the lens to get for travel though. The OIS is pretty useful too.
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    Re: Thoughts on the 18-55 lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Braeside View Post
    I did consider selling my 60 macro after getting the 18-55 zoom, but have reconsidered, I'd lose too much money and I'd rather keep it and use it, as it is a great lens. I also will keep the small 18mm for similar reasons.

    The 18-55 is the lens to get for travel though. The OIS is pretty useful too.
    You should get the zoom, sell the 60 and pick up some old Minolta lens with adapter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmacw View Post
    You should get the zoom, sell the 60 and pick up some old Minolta lens with adapter.
    Why? I have the zoom, I use the 60 for macro. I have a GXR for manual focus lenses, including nice 40mm Minolta M mount.
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