||In december 2012 I bought the Fuji X-Pro-1.
The offered "kit" was the camera house with the 35mm Fuji
prime lense. But instead of the 35mm, I ordered the brand new 18-55mm
Until summer 2000 I used the Leica R6 - my favorite camera for many
Digital cameras took over, 35mm films was more and more difficult
to obtain, and: I lived in the high arctic and it was difficult to
send and develop analog films.
I used digital cameras from 1999, but didn't bother to start off with
a new system camera until december 2012. The Fuji X-Pro-1 gave me
the same opportunity to control the camera as the R6.
Conclusion so far:
The "Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS" is intended
to be my allround lens on the Fuji.
It actually tok some time for me to like this lens. There are a
lot of reviews and tests out there, and yes: this lens is well buildt,
sharp, okay autofocus, etc.
My point is that this lens has little soul! It's a nice piece of
Japanese hightech. I'm not talking about technical tests - they
are nearby perfect for this lens - it's about colours and how to
create a picture, and in my opinion this lens is missing the "unperfect
glory" that only oldfashion manual lenses have. Personl I like
the colours from the Leica lenses better than the more clearly,
crispy (and more realistic?) Fujinon colours this lens gives.
The Fuji X-pro is no "sports camera". Together with the
XF 18-55mm lens the camera is possibly as fast as it could be for
So I'm happy to have this lens as an allround lens,- specially in
situations where it's not possible to change the lens as on a dogsledge
in -20C. On the other way: Since I got the X100s this camera can
do the 18-55mm job and I can use "real" Leica lenses on
the X-Pro! ;-)