Family Day Out At Manor Wildlife Park And Fujifilm 18-135mm Review

What better way to spend a day during the school holidays with the family, while giving a final, definitive review of the Fujifilm 18-135mm WR lens. It was a great day and a good test for this lens. In fact, I would say that this lens is made perfectly for situations such as these.

Manor Wildlife Park in Tenby is a great family venue, and is billed as Wale’s only walkaround safari. Located just outside the coastal town of Tenby, and around an hour and a half from our home, we made the most of the day with the children and of course taking photographs and making memories.

All images were taken using the Fujifilm X-T3 with the Fuji 18-135mm WR lens. All photos were photographed in the MGA Colour Chrome+ recipe and then loaded into Photoscape X Pro where I added my “vintage” look preset setup onto them (except the last one… I forgot… I’m only human!). Images were cropped, in some cases not far off the 1200×800 that they are presented in here.

Now onto the review of the lens. As you all know, I have had this while for a good few weeks now and it has been used extensively. Today was a brilliant day to really push it to it’s limits, with a lot of shots photographed at the full 135mm and cropped in post really tight, plus a lot shot at a wide focal length, with plenty in-between.

I’m growing to enjoy this lens, it’s very versatile, and overall I am more than happy with it’s output at every focal length, from the 18mm wide end, through to the 135mm telephoto end. I’ve found the images to be nice and sharp, and focussing to be reasonably fast, and for the most part, accurate. With that said, I do seem to have had over this period a higher number of missed focus shots at the telephoto end than I do with the rock steady, never-miss-focus 50-230mm. It’s not a huge amount, but when compared to that 50-230mm, it has been noticeable.

It is quite a heavy lens, and you really can feel it when you have it all day on your person, but it does balance nicely on the Fujifilm X-T3 camera. The lens hood does it’s job, but is a pain to find the tread when putting the camera away and reversing it on the camera. Overall though, it’s a great lens, and one I’m happy to have in my arsenal.

So, a fantastic day! A fantastic family! A fantastic camera and lens! And most importantly… A nice collection of new images.

If you enjoyed, please like, comment and subscribe! And come back tomorrow, as I have a new lens due to arrive and I would love to share with you the magic of it!

Published by mgadams1970

Fujifilm Documentary Photographer & Blogger.

2 thoughts on “Family Day Out At Manor Wildlife Park And Fujifilm 18-135mm Review

  1. Hi Mark,
    I have pretty much the same feeling about the XF 18-135 as you do.
    But she’s weather sealed and sturdy, which makes up for a lot for me.
    What more can I say, great review and great pictures !
    Marc.

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