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Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R

Aperture Series: Wyman Cabin Table (X-E1)

A pancake lens has fewer opportunities for optical corrections, and so the working expectation necessarily must be that performance could range from modest to very good, but probably not first-rate, at least not in general, though it could be very good at particular distances and apertures.

I had terrible problems with the Fujifilm X-E1 autofocus, but this example appears to be focused exactly where intended.

This is a deep 3D scene and so sharpness is mainly about depth of field. But we can learn something about the lens bokeh and off-center optical behavior and field curvature with such a series.

Wyman Cabin table

The variation in brightness at each aperture is caused by an inconsistency in the Fujifilm exposure algorithms— it cannot seem to meter the same the same way second to second.

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