Thoughts – Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS Lens

Thoughts – Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS Lens

This ultra wide angle Fujifilm lens is in one word – Versatile. The overall size, weight and quality make this lens a perfect companion to any of the X series cameras.

It’s fantastic for the photographer out in the field looking to capture beautiful landscapes, the urban explorer trying to fit all of the space of a building into an architectural shot and even a journalist trying to capture whole scenes to tell a story. While Fuji primes are the talk of the town, the zooms are constantly getting more and more amazing.

Specs

  • Focal Length – 10mm – 24mm (15mm – 36mm equivalent in 35mm format)
  • Min Focus Distance – @ 10mm/24cm – @24mm/24cm
  • Aperture range – max f4 – min f22 with a constant f4 at all focal lengths
  • Filter size – 72mm
  • Weight – 410g
  • Auto Focus – DC Coreless AF motor
  • Optics – 14 elements in 10 groups. 4 aspherical and 3 extra-low dispersion elements. Super EBC coating.
  • Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS)

Handling and Aesthetics

While sporting a much wider frame then the 14mm f2.8 and a lens hood that flares quiet a bit more than the body of the lens, for the smaller X camera it doesn’t seem that noticeable once attached, it’s size and weight don’t make the system unbalanced or not hand holdable. While being slightly longer than most of the Fujifilm primes, it actually weighs less then you think it would by looking at it. It doesn’t make the X-Pro, X-E or X-T models feel front heavy at all. Very well balanced.

On the aesthetics side of things, and this carries across both the 10-24mm and the 14mm lens- The white writing on around the front element is a bit of a pain, especially for those who use traditional filter kits. I find that when using a Lee Big Stopper and ND Grad filters, the white writing reflects off the back of the filter and is being recorded by the sensor. It’s not a deal breaker- There is a easy fix- Cut small curved strips of matte black gaffer tape and cover the lettering. Im not sure if I’m alone in this but it’s the one of thing I would change on these ultra wide lenses.

Quality and Usage

Let’s be honest, if you’re looking at this lens, it’s because you want to shoot at its widest while dabbling in the other focal lengths every now and then. Well, the image quality from this ultra wide lens at 10mm is simply superb, great contrast in dynamic scenes, fantastic sharpness at f4 and distortion is literally non-existent.

Coming in from its widest angle this lens still performs outstandingly, with only small drops in performance, it still produces amazing images across the focal range. I personally have used this lens on a daily basis, photographing residential and commercial properties for agents, architects and builder/suppliers. It has snappy autofocus and never misses the mark, and when it comes to manually focussing, using either digital split or focus peaking making micro adjustments is incredibly easy.

The optical image stabilization in this lens, performs superbly, I can shoot up to 1/2 a second @ 10mm and show no signs of a blurry image. This can come in handy for scouting a location that is in poor light and finding your composition before setting up your tripod. Might not seem like a big deal, but when you’re in a scene where the light is fading or the sun is rising quickly, you can find your composition and setup with in a few minutes to grab that shot.

I can see this lens being in the bags of photographers shooting:

  • Landscapes
  • Architectural
  • Documentary
  • Astrophotography – With some degree of difficulty.
  • Street
  • Events and Weddings

Final Thoughts

I waited so long for its release and it most certainly hasn’t disappointed. It has been my most used XF lens I own and has made back its worth 100 times over.

I hope in the not too distant future, Fujifilm release a WR version, with a distance scale and increase its light capturing ability by making it f2.8 at least. I understand this might take away from a few of the wider primes, but this lens just needs that extra stop to help with astrophotography and lower light scenes where a tripod just isn’t usable.

Via my Instagram, I have been asked many questions about this lens. People wanting to know where they should spend their money- either the 14mm f2.8 or the 10-24mm f4 and I always recommend this lens, it truly is more versatile. So if you’re in the market and looking for a UWA lens for your X Series system, I would highly recommend this lens over the Fuji wide primes, you will be able to be more flexible in the field and not be sacrificing quality by doing so.

Either way, I don’t leave home without this lens – EVER!

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