Fuji XF 18-135 2017 Photos
The 18-135 being weather sealed is pretty handy in the snowy winter here. Because I don't really see it as a 'precious' lens I'm kinda willing to take it more places and take more risks with it, such as lobbing snow balls at it.
A moment of opportunity as the flocking geese take flight the snow and mist close to home. This shot was captured in a matter of seconds between me disturbing these geese and their beautiful flight into the sky. Having the versatility of the 18-135 allowed me to frame the image as they moved across closer in front of me. Had I been stuck with a fixed focal length I may have missed the shot.
The XF 18-135 is a fairly compact one lens setup which makes it ideal for a long climb in the mountains. It was perfect for this trip up England's highest peak Scafell Pike. I've made prints from several of these photos, and they are perfectly good, but they do kinda lack that prime lens punch.
Jumping in and out of the car as we headed up the incredible west coast I found the 18-135 lens was incredibly useful.
Wandering around the autumn woodland of the Lake District on a wet misty day, the 18-135 allowed me to shoot wide views and also the odd deer I noticed sneaking around without changing lenses.
A day of driving home through the Lake District always provides photo worthy scenes, especially on a moody damp day. Having this lens to hand to capture the beautiful views into valleys was a real benefit.
I really love how this shot from Madeira came out. A real opportunistic moment on another rainy day.
I used the 18-135 on a few family trips in 2017. It's compact size was handy but it also provided really great quality shots, better than the point & shoot or iPhone and more flexible than say the X100F.
One of the reasons I opted for the 18-135 a little more than the 16-55 was the image stabilisation. I found a few images in the past with the 16-55 had a little blur once the shutter speed went below 1/125 which was frustrating when back at home. On these kinds of trips it's not really a tripod thing so handheld is a must.
One of my most popular prints from 2017 was taken with the 18-135 lens as we hiked up to the summit of Scafell Pike. Another brief spur of the moment capture but a really sharp image.
Taking the 18-135 out to sea was a no brainer, small and easy to carry, weather sealed and a range of focal lengths. I also took the 100-400mm out but found I used the 18-135 more as it was never certain where the whales or dolphins would surface.
The 18-135 autofocus worked really well on my Whale Watching trip in Scotland, grabbing some very sharp images. Again the flexibility was great for birds as they came from a distance to circle the boat.
2017 allowed me to get some great images and I don't regret the use of the 18-135 as a go to lens. I just wonder if it's time for a change to spark more motivation. I often look at some of my work from the pre-Fuji days when I only had primes and think it's often my best.