Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS WR lens review
It is sometimes known as the mark ii version of their 10 to 24 millimeter lens, but you can also tell if its this newer version by whether it has the wr designation. It is only for fujis x system cameras and its focal range of 10 to 24. Millimeter is the full frame equivalent of about 15 to 36 millimeter, so that gives you fantastically wide angles, as well as quite a broad zoom range. This could be one heck of a useful lens for all kinds of photography. Its price is a thousand us dollars or 900 pounds here in the uk. This mark ii or wr version of the lens has the same optics as fujis original 10 to 24 millimeter f4. But there are a few improvements to the design of the lenses body. Its weather, sealed now, which is especially useful as landscape photographers, will be taking this thing out in all kinds of different weather conditions, its also a little smaller and lighter and looks a little more stylish, and also its image. Stabilization is meant to be considerably improved. Here is some footage at 24 millimeter without stabilization, and here it is turned on, as you can see its working very nicely, although, admittedly image stabilization is hardly a critical feature on an ultra wide angle, lens. A minor disadvantage of this new version of the lens is that you have to turn that image stabilization on and off in your cameras, menu theres, no longer a switch on the lens itself.
Generally speaking, though, this is an absolutely gorgeous lens to handle one of my favorites that fujifilm have ever made honestly a lot of it is made of metal its small, tough, but not heavy, weighing only 385 grams, alongside the fact that it has a front filter ring That makes it a brilliant choice for landscape shooters. The lenss aperture ring features nice gentle clicks at every third of an f stop and, unlike the original lens, the numbers of those f stops are actually marked on a ring, and it can also be locked in and out of automatic mode for those who dont want To use it above, that comes the rubberized zoom ring. It turns very, very smoothly, although with just a little stickiness as you start to turn it. A strange issue i found is that when zooming the lens in and out, you see strong fluctuations in exposure, as the lens seems to correct itself of some unknown exposure issue, probably related to the aperture mechanism. I dont know this is the case, despite the lens having a constant maximum aperture and even if all your settings are properly in place to stop any automatic exposure, changes. Bizarre and potentially irritating for video makers, the lenses focus ring is made of metal. It turns extremely smoothly and precisely although the way the focus motor actually responds to, it is a little jerky. Some good news, though, is that the lens displays very little focus breathing whether youre zoomed in or zoomed out, the lens autofocus motor is silent, quick and accurate.
As you can see here, although again snappy autofocus hardly tends to be the most important feature on an ultra wide angle lens. As i mentioned, this lens allows you to fit filters to the front which is awesome. Considering it has such a wide angle. The filter size is 72 millimeters and you can mount at least one quite thick filter on there before any kind of vignetting becomes visible. The lens comes with a plastic hood. Overall, this lenses build quality, is addictively good. It truly is a thing of beauty, weather, sealed metallic lightweight, with excellent autofocus and stabilization. I dont like that bizarre exposure jumping when zooming in and out, though anyway, onto image quality ill, be testing. This thing on a fuji xt3 camera with its 24 megapixel aps c. Sized sensor at the widest angle of 10 millimeter and at f4 we right away, see excellent sharpness and contrast in the middle of the image corner. Image. Quality is much softer here, but its still holding together just barely f, 5.6 and f 8, see very tiny improvements. In sharpness, but that is as sharp as the corners of this lens get at 10 millimeter stop down as far as f16, and they get considerably softer again due to the effects of diffraction lets zoom into 16 millimeter now at f4. Once again, we see excellent sharpness and contrast in the middle, the corner, image quality. This time is only a little less sharp. However, once again stopping down the lens even to f8 doesnt seem to bring about much extra sharpness.
Finally, lets zoom all the way into 24 millimeter at f4. Once again in the middle, we see very good image quality, but also a much softer picture in the corners once again, stopping down even as far as f8 or f11 doesnt bring any real improvement. So mixed feelings here about this lenses optics its always really sharp in the middle, but those image corners do really quite struggle and most of the time stopping down the aperture doesnt seem to help so thats, not great on an ultra wide angle lens. By the way. My findings here have been pretty much in line with fujis own published mtf charts for the lens. Well, anyway, lets move on and look at distortion and vignetting. These pictures were taken in war to get around fujis automatic corrections at 10 millimeter barrel. Distortion is rather strong and theres. Some notable vignetting darkness in the corners stop down to f 5.6 and those corners get a bit brighter zoom in to 14 millimeter and that distortion, mostly straightens out zoom, all the way in to 24 millimeter and it flips into a mild, pin cushion distortion. But vignetting is still quite low, basically, if youre shooting in war, you will particularly want to correct your images if youre shooting at 10 millimeter. This lens can focus down to about 24 centimeters, which is very good for getting close up shots of smaller subjects at 24. Millimeter and f4, we see excellent sharpness, but contrast is a bit lower with a touch of blue color.
Fringing stop down to a 5.6 to see perfect image quality in the middle making. A return now lets see how the lens works against bright lights at the widest angles. As you can see, flaring is very, very low, almost invisible zoom in and it picks up just a little bit, but still contrast remains really high, so thats, a great result, while were working in a dark lets, look at coma levels at f4, bright points of light. In the image corners see just a little smearing stop down to f 5.6 and its greatly reduced lets zoom out a bit and look for sun stars. Now they begin to emerge at f 8, getting more defined at f, 11 or f 16, although theyre not enormous in size and finally, lets have a look at the quality of this lenss bokeh. An ultra wide angle, f4 lens should be just about the last place. To look for autofocus backgrounds, but when you do get them those backgrounds look just averagely smooth theres a little muddle in there, but they are quite soft overall. Well, i really loved this ultra wide angle lens, actually because its so much fun with its stabilization, wide zoom range and awesome build quality. This tumbling block for many people, though, will be that lack of sharpness in the image corners, which is a serious problem on an ultra wide angle lens the lenses optics are a little old now and what was acceptable on a 16 megapixel camera seems to be a Little weak on a 26 megapixel one.
What im saying is that if you want the worlds, most enjoyable ultra wide angle, zoom lens which handles particularly well for landscape photography, then this is it and its a blast, and i can recommend it to you. If, however, youre on the market for critical corner sharpness, then look elsewhere, Music, i cant wait to look in the comments section on this. One things tend to erupt a little. If i criticize a popular lens, if youre one of the few people not offended by this review and still watching and in fact, youve been finding these videos helpful, then do check out my patreon page down in the description below there.