Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

 
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15-45mm $299
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(From Fujifilm lens literature) The "FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ" covers the frequently used focal length from 23mm to 69mm in the 35mm format equivalent, and is the smallest and most lightweight interchangeable zoom lens compatible with the "X series". Combine this lens with a Fujifilm compact, lightweight mirrorless digital camera and you can enjoy excellent portability and comfortable shooting.

The smallest and lightest weight interchangeable zoom lens for the "X Series" mirrorless digital camera range
The composition of 10 lenses in 9 groups, including three aspherical lenses and two ED lenses, provides excellent resolution at all zoom positions, while measuring just 44.2mm* long and weighing only 135g.

Covers frequently used focal lengths
This new lens covers the frequently used focal length from 23mm to 69mm (in 35mm format equivalent) which makes it a suitable lens for shooting both landscape and portrait photography. Because the wide angle end is equivalent to 23mm, this lens will be suitable for capturing self-portraits featuring multiple people or backgrounds when using with a camera with a 180 tilting LCD screen, such as FUJIFILM X-A5.

Electric zoom and comfortable operation
Creating a small, collapsible lens has been made possible by utilizing an electric zoom. When the camera is switched on, the lens automatically extends ready for shooting.

Two different zoom speeds can be selected by the rotating of the zoom ring. The lens moves position at a constant speed, producing smooth zooming motion when shooting movies.

Optical image stabilization
The electric zoom includes 3.0-stop optical image stabilization technology compatible with CIPA guidelines, which assists photographers shooting in low light conditions.

Fast and silent autofocus
The inner focusing AF system uses a stepping motor to drive lightweight focusing elements for a fast and silent autofocus performance.

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Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 1 reviews Build Quality 7.0/10 Image Quality 10.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by (5 reviews)
    Small footprint Exceptionally sharp optics for the genre Distinctively wider field of view - equivalent to 22.5 MM
    Initially may throw users with the power zoom function which feels like it belongs on an enthusiast camera.

    Let's face it, each brand has a series of kit lenses designed to allow new photographers to get started rather quickly. These kit lenses run the gamut from $199 to $399 depending on brand and model. And with each brand there are winners - that is, lenses that seemingly punch far above their weight.

    The Fujifilm XC 15-45 is such a lens. I first ordered it because I was intrigued with the 22.5 equivalent wide angle field of view - which makes a huge difference with regards to capturing scenics, architectural, and large group portrait photography. When it arrived, I noticed that there wasn't much writing (or numbers) on the lens at all - it seemed rather generic (bare, if you will). OK, I thought, let's attach it to a camera and take it for spin. I placed it on the X-A3 because I like how Fuji does the Bayer sensor.

    I was not prepared to enjoy this lens as much as I anticipated. I always had good copies of Fuji kit lenses in the past (i.e. XC 16-50 and XF 18-55), but this new 15-45 is almost clinical without all of the negative connotations that this term implies. Images are sharp - from corner to corner (at least on my copy - that's key). Now as an aside, do keep in mind that with many kit lenses, copy-to-copy variations in optical qualities can be frustrating at best. If you get a good copy of a lens, you're smiling from ear to ear, however, if you get a bad copy, you'll spend a good deal of time trashing the lens on various forums.

    As for me, my copy has been stellar. As I mentioned, it is an optic that punches far above its weight. Another intriguing aspect about this lens is the fact that it broke the mold for wide angle perspectives on a kit lens. Most kit lenses are either 28 or 24 MM. With the 15-45, it's wide angle focal reach is the equivalent of 22.5 - which really puts it almost into a wide angle zoom lens category.

    When you first receive the lens, be advised that it will initially throw you for a loop due to the fact that when you turn on the camera, the lens pops out, and likewise, when you turn the camera off, the lens retracts - just like a zoom lens on an all-in-one enthusiast camera. Additionally, when you go to zoom, it feels the same way as if you were using an enthusiast camera - just what the Power Zoom (PZ) implies. Once you get accustomed to this (remember, it is a different baby), you can then focus on its IQ qualities, and this where the 15-45 shines.

    In shooting various scenarios - whether they be scenics, indoor architectural scenarios, and large group portrait photography, I have (at least up to this point) never desired for a wider angle zoom. This 15-45 had acquitted itself quite well.

    As for perspective distortions, they are easy to correct using the various tools available in Lightroom, ACR, DXO Viewpoint, etc. As for purple fringing, it's about average for a lens of this genre and it is easily removable in post processing.

    In fact, I can honestly recommend using this lens as a low cost, yet high quality general kit lens that you can put on any Fuji X camera and wind up being quite pleased with the results. I plan on getting another one real soon. I initially purchased the silver version to put on my X-A3. The next one will be a black one. However, since Fuji is getting ready to release the new X-T100 (which will have the 15-45 kit lens attached), I may just purchase that new camera/lens setup instead.

    Highly Recommended!!!

    Ben Herrmann
    Master Gunnery Sergeant
    US Marine Corps (Retired)
    Fuquay Varina, North Carolina
    Certified International Camera Slut and Avid Photographer

    reviewed May 22nd, 2018 (purchased for $299)