I shot these portraits using the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens. I sold my 18mm prime to get this zoom lens and I have never regretted the decision. Don’t think of this lens as a ‘kit lens’, it is way better than that. The 18-55mm zoom is better than the 18mm prime at the corners at f/2.8 so there is no optical compromise here. My wife Julie has this lens on her X-T1 kit now as I have both the 23mm and 35mm primes. I don’t expect to be using this lens again for a while but I am really happy with the shots here and I can say I will never regret owning this lens. It is stellar.
Damien’s thoughts on the Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 Lens
“The XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 is the unsung hero in the X lens lineup. Often remarked as a kit lens, this neat zoom is way better than that. It is lightweight, super sharp, f/2.8 at the wide end and has the all important OIS. I used the XF18-55 almost exclusively for about a year and the OIS makes this lens near perfect. It lacks the characteristics of a fast prime, but it has optical quality throughout its aperture range to make up for the bokeh shortfall. If shallow depth of field is your bag then go with the primes otherwise bag one of these magic zooms.”