Well? Do you? I was reading some guys blog this morning and he has bashed the Fuji 18-55 before; and he was at it again. I don’t get it. I use the 18-55 all the time. It’s almost a go-to lens. I shoot stock, I shoot for pay, I shoot for me. I use the 18-55. I’ve made and SOLD 30″ x 20″ matted and framed images made with the 18-55. So I have to wonder if he is just passive-aggressive, or he just has a Fuji problem.
The image here I took this morning as I was walking in a parking lot. Nothing spectacular but the texture and colors caught my eye. I used the 18-55. I am betting I can sell that in stock. No problems. This image was imported from the camera to my iPhone as a 3MB file. It has had NOTHING done to it. Nada. Zip. As far as I’m concerned it’s pretty darn good and sharp. Imagine if I worked on the Raw file???
On a related note I do own the 23 1.4, and the 35 1.4 plus the Zeiss 12 2.8. Are they sharper than the 18-55? Yeah. Probably. I would expect to be sharper or I would have returned them! But as a stand-alone lens, the 18-55 is just amazing. To call it a “kit lens” is a disservice to Fuji. This is just my 2 cents worth but I’ve been using the 18-55 since I bought it bundled with the X-E1 back in February 2013. No complaints here; as a matter of fact, in a couple of weeks I’m headed out on a stock shooting trip and the 18-55 will be mounted on the X-E1 and sitting on the seat next to me.
This is the full 3MB file. (Click for a larger view)