The latest lens from Fujifilm is the FUJINON XF18mm f/1.4 R LM WR, and is scheduled for release in Australia in late May. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27mm and a maximum aperture of f/1.4, the lens is an idea choice for landscape, cityscapes, weddings, and street photography.

The compact lens measures 7.56cm in length and tips the scales at 370g, with a filter size of 62mm and a minimum focussing distance of 20cm. The fast f/1.4 aperture offers the ability to shoot in dimly lit environments and also produces smooth bokeh.

The XF18mm f/1.4 includes three aspherical lenses and one ED lens among its 15 lens elements, spread across 9 groups, to minimise chromatic and comatic aberration. In order to deliver consistent sharpness, the focus group, made up of six lens elements, moves in unison to reduce aberration fluctuations that can occur when focusing. Autofocus can be achieved in as quickly as 0.04 seconds, with the system driven by a powerful linear motor that provides near-silent AF.

The lens has weather-resistant seals at eight locations along the lens barrel, making it resistant to dust, moisture, and temperatures as low as -10°C. The new aperture ring design with an ‘A’ position lock prevents accidental movement of the aperture ring from the Automatic setting.

An optional rectangularaluminium lens hood that helps prevent lens flare and ghosting, which can occur when beams of light strike the front of the lens can be purchased separately. The lens will have an RRP of $1,749.

Head to the Fujifilm website for more information.