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    is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    I have the 18mm Fuji lens but have never been happy with the sharpness at the edges - even sent back the first copy. I was wondering if the zoom had better edge sharpness?

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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    I also did not like the 18mm. I think the zoom is actually better.
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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    I would agree the 18-55mm is better at 18mm in the corners.
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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    Is the 18-55mm a good quality lens in general?
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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    In my opinion it is a superb lens, a cut above a normal 'kit lens'. OIS, sharp wide open, really excellent. Well put together, comes with hood and caps and pouch. Of course it is the only zoom for the X mount at this time.
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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    The problem with the 18mm is that it has distortion at the edges and Fuji correct that in software, hence the slight smearing. The zoom seems better corrected optically.

    Incidentally I just got a copy of the 14mm Fujinon, now that is a wonderful lens optically, sharp in the corners, low distortion.
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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    well, I may just have to buy the zoom and give away the 18 :-)

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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    Quote Originally Posted by hsteeves View Post
    well, I may just have to buy the zoom and give away the 18 :-)
    I was thinking the same, the only advantage apart from 1 stop is the size of the 18mm.
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    Re: is the 18-55 better than the 18?

    size/lens speed versus sharpness/convenience ... its an old issue. Now, I'm thinking of getting the XE-1 kit as the pricing seems quite good.

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