Caffeine Priority: Widest Fujinon lens meets latest Fujifilm body: XT-10 + XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS


posted Saturday, December 26, 2015 at 7:57 AM EDT


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The Fujinon 10-24mm f/4 OIS is Fuji's widest XF lens, zoom or prime, by a fairly good margin. At 15-36mm eq. range it bests the next widest, the 14mm f/2.8 (21mm eq.) lens by a full 5mm eq. Wide angle zooms are getting ever better, and this year two of them garnered honors in our Lens of the Year awards in the zoom lens category (the Canon 11-24mm f/4 L and the Olympus 7-14mm f/2.8 Pro).

We've already put the Fuji X-T10 solidly through its testing paces, and it's now earned a coveted Camera of the Year accolade of its own, so we felt it deserved a sort of victory lap... (actually, I just wanted to shoot with it some more, but that's just between you and me). So, since it had yet to meet the highly acclaimed Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS in our lab, that seemed the right call for said victory lap.

The f/4 limitation is about the only drawback to this lens, but to go to f/2.8 would have likely made it prohibitively large and expensive. Having onbard OIS is a nice trade-off to not having f/2.8 though, and for most traditional wide angle shooting f/4 and smaller tends to be more than adequate.

(Images have been resized to fit this page and slightly adjusted in post, primarily to balance shadows and highlights. Clicking any image will take you to a carrier page where you can access the full resolution image as delivered straight from the camera, as well as EXIF data.)

1/140s / f/5 / -0.3 EV / ISO 400 / 15mm eq.
[Film Simulation > F1/Studio Portrait/Astia]

Shot at the widest angle available here of 10mm (15mm eq.), I find the unique perspectives
of ordinary subjects one of the more enjoyable aspects of wide angle photography.

1/210s / f/11 / -0.3 EV / ISO 250 / 33mm eq.
[Film Simulation > F2/Fujichrome/Velvia]

Landscapes are traditionally the most classic use of wide angle lenses, zoomed in
a bit here to isolate the more interesting parts of the scene from a distracting foreground.

1/20s / f/4 / -0.7 EV / ISO 4000 / 15mm eq.
[Film Simulation > Pro Negative Standard]

Even at ISO 4000 and with the EV cranked down by .7, there was only enough ambient light in this very dim restaurant to afford a 1/20s shutter speed, which is the largest trade-off to the f/4 maximum aperture. But the Optical Image Stabilization built into the lens allowed for a handheld shot just the same, and f/4 still affords some degree of subject-to-background isolation.

1/340s / f/4 / ISO 800 / 25mm eq.
[Film Simulation > Classic Chrome]

Here's a more obvious example of the bokeh characteristics at f/4 by this lens, as the background is fairly distant compared to the previous example. This one's zoomed in a bit to better reach the subject, which was not quite reachable on foot.

1/400s / f/8 / -0.3 EV / ISO 320 / 15mm eq.
[Film Simulation > F2/Fujichrome/Velvia]
Once again at the widest angle, the 10-24mm f/4 is able to offer unique perspectives not achievable
by lenses within the more common focal lengths, such as with most kit lenses.

1/20s / f/4 / -0.7 EV / ISO 250 / 15mm eq.
[Film Simulation > F2/Fujichrome/Velvia]

A tranquil moment captured once again at the widest angle and aperture offered by the lens.

The Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 OIS lens as shown on the Fujifilm X-T10

Fujinon 10-24mm f/4 ReviewFujifilm X-T10 Review


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