I recently got the opportunity to purchase, for a great price, the Fuji XF 10-24 f4 zoom lens (Version 1). Although it is one of the earlier releases by Fuji and does not come with weather sealing features, which does not really bother me, the XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is equipped with excellent optical image stabilization that can work in conjunction with in-body image stabilization. I do most of my work hand held so this is a great thing.
Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Specifications
- Mount Type: Fujifilm X
- Focal Length (35mm format equivalent): 10-24mm (15-36mm)
- Lens Construction (Elements / Groups): 14 / 10
- Special Lens Elements: Four Aspherical Elements, Three Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
- Optical Image Stabilization: Yes
- Focus Motor: Stepping Autofocus Motor
- Angle of View: 110-61.2°
- Number of Diaphragm Blades: 7 (Rounded)
- Maximum Aperture: f/4
- Minimum Aperture: f/22
- Minimum Focus Distance: 9.45″ / 0.24m
- Maximum Magnification: 0.16x
- Weight: 410g
- Size: 3.07 x 3.43″ (78.0 x 87mm)
- Filter Size: 72mm
I have found the lens to be of excellent construction, as with all Fuji lenses, not too heavy for a fairly large lens with lots of glass, and a good metal lens mount. Similar to other high-quality Fujinon lenses, the build quality of the Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS is excellent. The lens barrel is made from a combination of tough plastic and metal. The focus and aperture rings, along with the rear mount and the front part of the lens (including the filter thread) are all metal, so the lens is built to last.
I paired up the lens with my Fujifilm XT3 and as the result above show it is a most capable lens giving sharp and contrasty shots straight from the camera in JPEG. Shooting with the lens at f8 to f10 everything, as expected. Its sharp – even at wide apertures. The bokeh is beautifully rendered. Color rendition is excellent and there are no noticeable issues with vignetting or light fall-off.
The zoom ring is quite large in size and has a rubber cover. When zooming in from 10mm to 24mm, the lens does not change in size – only the front element moves in a little.
There is a rear lens element that stays in place, which does a nice job of keeping dust from entering the lens when it is dismounted. There is no weather sealing. The front lens element is bulbous but reasonably small relative to the lens and filter can be attached. The petal-shaped lens hood is quite large in size. It is plastic and attaches securely to the lens without any wobbling.
If you have a Fujifilm XF camera – get this lens. For sharp landscapes or interiors its absolutely essential. I will be using it for street photography also. While you don’t quite get the depth of field of say, the 16mm f/1.4, you still get some depth of field. Sharpness and rendition are the key features of this lens and it delivers. Highly recommended.