10 out of 10 points and recommendedTack sharp imaging quality. Good AF on X-T1. Amazing IS.
I have an older Canon 100-400 and it doesn't hold a candle to this lens. This is sharp, excellent contrast and focuses well on my X-T1. The IS is simply amazing.reviewed July 11th, 2016 (purchased for $1,899)
Details that I truly appreciate:
- the lens hood has a sliding door for use with Polarizing Filters
- the limiting switch that stops extension of the lens
- the easy to use collar (foot)
- well balanced when the foot is on the tripod
9 out of 10 points and recommendedfocal length range, IS, sizea little heavier than I thought it would be
I picked up this lens as a walk-around lens for my Canon 7D. As such it has fit the bill very nicely. IQ has been very good for my use as a walk-around lens. Construction isn't up to L glass but for the money its more than acceptable.reviewed January 15th, 2013 (purchased for $639)
If there is a downside at this point for me its that there is no camera/lens profile for Adobe Camera RAW and Lightroom. Distortion and CA corrections must be done manually.
9 out of 10 points and recommendedTack sharp!
I've waited until firmware 4.0 for the X-T1 to provide a review.reviewed July 2nd, 2015 (purchased for $450)
This lens seems often maligned but its hard to beat its IQ for the money. It is tack sharp and at f/2.4 its pretty fast. Its a good optic.
The biggest knock has been focusing speed and until fm 4.0 it had its moments of hunting about. With the new firmware though I found that if I stuck to the PDAF points it actually focused nicely.
As you might expect I use this lens for macro work and portraits and I'm quite pleased with the results. IQ is excellent.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedImage Quality, build quality, OIS, WRNone really
I use this with my Fuji X-T1 and process images with LR 5.7 following Pete Bridgwood's RAW guidance. I've been very impressed with this camera and with this lens.reviewed January 14th, 2015 (purchased for $799)
I initially purchased this lens in combination with the X-T1 and my intended use was for walkarounds where size and weight gave it a significant advantage over my Canon DSLRs.
I find myself using my Canon DSLRs now only when the situation calls for specific use of one of the L glass lenses I have.
This lens has consistently provided sharp images with great color and the OIS has surprised me repeatedly. I do NOT see a distinct difference between this lens and most of the Canon L glass I own.
I do NOT miss this lens having f/2.8 as that would likely add a great deal of weight and bulk to the lens. With the high ISO capabilities and the quality of this lens I'm quite satisfied.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedWell built, OIS, versatility, good designnone for me
I use this lens on my X-T1. I shoot RAW and process in LR 5.7.1. This may mask some of the optical shortcomings mentioned but since I get the results I'm looking for it doesn't matter to me.reviewed January 21st, 2015
This lens has been a joy for me to use. I use it for outdoors architectural shots and for indoors to get the lines of the space I'm in. I never imagined I'd appreciate OIS on a super WA lens but I do. Hand holding is FUN!
With my processing workflow this has continually rewarded me with very good images. Its a delight. For me its rather compact and not overly heavy. In the hand its easy to use and very smooth to zoom and focus.
I also have Canon DSLRs and a case of L glass and I don't find this gives up anything to a comparable L lens.
Since purchasing the X-T1 for walkaround use I've become a Fuji fan. I appreciate the design, engineering and build quality not to mention the benefits of mirrorless.
10 out of 10 points and recommendedTack sharp, great OIS, WR, very well built
I'm used to the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L (not version II) and this seems better in every way. I took 10s of thousands of shots with the Canon and it was a workhorse for me but I like this better. Obviously this is a bit lighter and smaller as it's tailored to the APS-C sensor. Obviously this is also newer than my Canon and it may be on par with the newer II version.reviewed May 27th, 2017 (purchased for $1)
The lens is well designed. I like the lens shade with the opening for a finger to rotate a circular polarizer. Fuji put marks on the lens shade so I've really not had an issue putting it on or taking it off.
I don't take the foot off. If I'm hand holding I simply rotate the foot to be out of my way.
Fast focus, tack sharp and excellent OIS are the hallmarks of this lens.
It's a fine complement to my Fuji 100-400 for tele lenses and works marvelously with my X-T2..