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Fujifilm 18-135mm Water Resistant X-Mount Lens: First Look

Fujifilm 18-135mm Water Resistant X-Mount Lens: First Look

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New zoom lens is weather-sealed and said to have world's most advanced image stabilization.

June 16, 2014

Fujifilm today announced the XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6R M IOS WR lens, the first X-Mount lens to be weather-resistant, designed to match up with the weather-sealed X-T1, which was introduced earlier this year.

The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6R M IOS WR lens (shown above mounted to the Fujifilm X-T1) is the first weather-sealed lens in the fast-evolving X-series lineup of mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera system, and is claimed to have the world's most advanced image stabilization technology. Based on the lineup's APS sensors, the lens covers the 35mm equivalent range of 27-206mm.


Note: The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6R M IOS WR lens will be available in July but can be pre-ordered now from Adorama. Orders will ship on a first-come, first-served basis. Credit cards will not be charged until order ships.




Key features

  • 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens
  • Angle of view: 76.5-12 degrees
  • Minimum aperture: f/22
  • Aperture step increments: 1/3 stop
  • Aperture blades: 7 rounded
  • Filter size: 67mm
  • Closest Focus: 17 inches
  • Shortest Length: 3.85 inches
  • Weight:  17.3 oz


The lens has 20 dust-proof and weather-proof sealed points, including a waterproof structure and compact design, and is being marketed to photographic enthusiasts looking for an all-around travel lens that can be used in extreme weather on their Fujifilm X-T1 cameras. Let's take a closer look at this lens.

Classy glass: Fujifilm has put some impressive glass in this lens: It has4 aspherical glass lenses, 2 ED glass elements, and multi-layer HT-EBC coating, which has high permeability (99.8%) and low reflectance and reduces lens flare and ghosting.


Fast, quiet: The electronics are also well-matched to the X-series system, with Fujifilm claiming an inner linear focusing mechanism and a claimed AF speed as fast as 0.08 second when shooting in Performance Mode (based on CIPA standards). Focus noise is said to be very low, allowing for quiet operation when shooting video.

5-Stop Stabilization: Fujifilm claims this lens has the world's most advanced image stabilization technology, boasting a 5-stop range. This is made possible thanks to a new, high-precision gyro sensor with quarts oscillators that detect movement from high frequency to low frequency bandwidths.  The ability to detect low-frequency band movement, along with a newly-developed algorithm that interprets the information, has lead to what Fujifilm says is a doubling of usable slow shutter speeds.  This enables users to shoot in low light without a tripod.

Protection: The lens has been weather-sealed in 20 different areas of the lens barrel so sudden rain, dust and water splashes won't affect the optics or operation of the lens. To compensate for the weather seals (which could make zooming the lens feel stiff) a ventilator was placed inside the lens barrel. The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6R M IOS WR lens is designed to be paired with the Fujifilm X-T1, which is currently the only weather-resistant Fujifilm MILC currently available.

The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6R M IOS WR lens will be available from Adorama in July for $899, and can be pre-ordered now.

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