Last Wednesday while at Parc Jean Drapeau, i was able to put both the 27mm and the 18-135mm through their paces.
The 18-135 is a very versatile lens, with a focal range that covers the most popular focal lengths for general photography.
However, the 18-135 is a heavy piece of glass at 490g. With it attached to the X-pro1 (450g), plus the grip (136g), you are looking at a total weight of 2.37lbs. Though, that is still lighter compared to a D7100 with a 18-140mm at 2.57lbs.
I really do like the lens because of the fact that i am ready for pretty much anything photo wise. If you do decide to purchase the 18-135, i would advise buying a grip for your camera. It will come in handy and make for more comfortable shooting.
The lens does very well when doing close-up photography. There is still good separation of background, despite that the maximum aperture at the long end is f/5.6 (of course, this does depend on how far back the background is from the main subject).
It’s really nice to have the wide angle capability of the lens. At 18mm, you have a field of view of 76.5 degrees and are able to fill your frame up with a big chunk of the scene in front of you.
From using the 18-135 for a day, i can honestly say that it will be the lens mounted on my X-Pro1 the most. It is just so versatile.
Of course, if i wanted a much lighter kit, i could always mount my 27mm or use my X100T or X10. But, if i were to go on vacation for any extended period of time and had a choice of one camera & lens, it would be the X-Pro1 with the 18-135.
In a future post, i will give my first impressions of the lens, just as i did with the XF 27mm.
Thanks for looking.
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