Lastly, even though not a Macro lens, it focuses pretty close for a zoom as can be seen in this shot of the little 27mm pancake lens.
As always is the case for a lens with a broad focal range like the 18-135, it is all about compromises; it does a lot of things OK, but nothing 100% perfect... No criticism but pure photography physics!
Is the 900,-USD price tag too high? Well one obviously is paying for the weather sealing, but a 600 to 700,-USD range would have put it more in line with the exciting zooms like the great 18-55 and 55-200. The fact that unlike other XF lenses, it is manufactured in China instead of Japan, doesn't help to defend its somewhat higher price point neither...
DISCLAIMER: Fujifilm Middle East is NOT paying me for this review. I buy all of my own gear and what is above is how I personally think about the lens