Fuji’s Weather Resistant 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 Raises Image Stabilization Bar to 5 Stops


Typically, lens announcements go unnoticed unless the lens in question is some optically incredible, super-wide aperture prime lens. But if the idea of an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens leaves you thoroughly unexcited, we would beg you to read on, because Fuji’s first attempt at a weather-resistant XF lens might just knock your socks off.

The acronym-heavy FUJINON XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR APS-C lens (27-206mm equivalent) was obviously designed with the weather resistant X-T1 in mind. But the fact that this is Fuji’s first weather resistant XF lens — newsworthy enough on its own — isn’t even the half of it.

What really has people talking about this piece of glass is the impressive stabilization tech Fuji put inside.


The lens boasts two high-precision gyro sensors that promise a hard-to-believe 5 stops of image stabilization. In theory, that means that a photo taken at 1/15s with stabilization on should come out as crisp as the same shot taken at 1/500th without (all other settings being equal) — no wonder Fuji is calling this the world’s most advanced image stabilization system.

From the press release:

The XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR’s advanced 5.0-stop image stabilization system improves its ability to detect movement in the low-frequency band and uses an advanced algorithm to accurately sense blur from the detected signal. Additionally, its OIS performance is maximized in the slow-shutter speed range to support a lightly-equipped shooting style without the use of a tripod.



Other impressive features include 20 sealing points, “for a durable, weather-resistant and dust-proof design,” as well as some nifty air vents integrated into the interior and bottom of the lens barrel to keep dust and moisture from being pulled into the lens when you’re using it.

For more info on the lens and all the interesting features built into it, head over to Fuji’s press room. The 18-135 will join Fuji’s current X-Series lineup in July for $900, but you can already pre-order one at B&H by clicking here.

  • Pickle

    Impressive, but then all things are easier when you have a small girlie sensor. Do that on full frame and then I’d be really impressed.

  • Lucas Saugen

    My APS-C can beat up your FF.

  • OtterMatt

    Weather resistant, dust resistant, and 5-stop image stabilization? Is this the storm-chaser DSLR of choice now? At any rate, it doesn’t look like the other market players are going to be too far behind. I’m sure Nikon will drop a 5-stop VR lens any month now.

  • Clayton Finley

    You should send Fuji your email address so they can get your approval of all future products…

  • Future is Now

    With a Seattle team logo as your icon I would think that you would hail any weather-proofed products, regardless of size.

    You’re really quite the fountain of powerful thought, aren’t you?

  • Future is Now

    This is, indeed, prospectively a very impressive product, particularly at such a relatively modest price point. If the lens can manage to hold even “very good” image quality throughout its range it will really help to cement Fuji’s king-of-the-hill spot for a while.

  • Pickle

    A little rain never hurt anybody, but actually I’m not in Seattle at the moment. Only my heart is there in that city :)

  • Pickle

    APS-C sensors are very good and improved but any improvement on APS-C is also realized by double the area in full frame. APS-C can never be as good and always behind in this race. And no matter what you do, you can never capture the full frame look and bokeh much as full frame can’t match medium format. It just so happens that full frame is only slightly more expensive than APS-C.

  • Bill Binns

    Canon and Nikon should be ashamed that vitually all of the innovation that we have seen in the last few years has come from Fuji and Sony. There are a couple of freshly dug holes next to Kodak’s grave for the next old school photography companies that can’t let go of their out-dated business models.

    My last non-Canon digital camera was a Sony Mavica that wrote to 3.5″ floppy discs. I have been a loyal Canon customer for almost all of the digital era but it’s looking more and more like my next major camera purchase will be from Fuji.

  • Jesse Baynard

    “In theory, that means that a photo taken at 1/15s with stabilization on should come out as crisp as the same shot taken at 1/500th without (all other settings being equal)”… Yes, if you enjoy taking photos of stationary objects. But that motion blur will at least be very crisp. 5 stops of stabilization is only marginally more useful than a 3 or 4 stop stabilizer on anything other than super-telephotos or for the shakiest of hands. Put this is a 500 or 600mm lens and then you’re talking.

  • Lucas Saugen

    Close but still wrong.

    The only difference between an APS-C and FF and MF is DoF when using a consistent aperture. This might be the difference you speak of concerning “look” but when you use a lens designed specifically for APS-C an APS-C sensor will be equal to FF regarding bokeh and all other factors. By that I mean when you compensate with aperture the lens matters more then the sensor size concerning bokeh.

    Regarding your original comment. It would be more impressive to see a 5 stop IS on a full frame since a FF requires larger glass. This means you’ve got larger glass and innards in the lens to move around to accomplish image stabilization. It would be physically harder to do this on a FF and thus more impressive. So you are correct.

  • doUhaveANYtobacco

    excuse me miss?!!! miss…??? Yes, do you know where is located the nearest vomitorium please?

  • /vlogdozack

    Get your facts together, Peta Pixel. The Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM does 5 stops IS for years now; on a full frame, wide-aperture, telephoto prime. Much more impressive and useful.

  • Ian Evans

    Useful? Is your 200mm telephoto lens your walkaround lens?