The Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R WR OIS Lens is pretty good, but Reviews Editor Hillary Grigonis has a few issues.
The Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R WR OIS is one of the company’s latest offerings for the X series. They upgraded the original lens to give it weather resistance, plus there are a few ergonomic changes. Phoblographer Reviews Editor Hillary Grigonis has been testing the lens for a while. And she’s had it with the original lens too. So we got her to share her thoughts in a five minute review.
5 Minute Lens Review: The Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R WR OIS
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I got to play with this lens as a prototype before Hillary reviewed the final version. I think it feels a whole lot like a prime lens. It’s mostly internal zooming, and it’s not very large. On top of that, it’s weather sealed. Fujifilm’s weather sealing is some of the best we’ve seen, and that means you’ll use the lens with confidence in rough conditions. In fact, a lens like this begs for it. You should take it out to shoot landscapes and cityscapes. Have fun with it in the rain! Overall, just enjoy this lens. Better yet, enjoy it since it’s just under $1,000.
From her upcoming review, Hillary states:
“While I love the lens, it’s got a few technical imperfections. The edges are quite soft. At the widest and farthest focal lengths, the lens needs to stop down quite a bit if you want to fight that softness. The middle focal lengths perform a bit better. Of course, once you loose a bit of technical precision, you gain some character — just be sure you love the look of the corners before making that investment. The continuous f4 is good, but a wider aperture would be even more innovative. While not as common for the widest angles, I wouldn’t mind seeing more wide angle, wider aperture options like the DSLR-mount Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Art.”
Hillary tested the Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R WR OIS out on the Fujifilm XT4. She found the autofocus to be very fast, and you can’t deny that since it’s a wide-angle lens. Fujifilm’s autofocus has been incredible in the past year or so, but she’s got a point. There’s work to be done; APS-C cameras need faster and more innovative lenses. Specifically, Fujifilm really needs it. They’re refusing to work with third party companies. If they’re just going to do everything themselves, they need to try much harder. If Fujifilm opened their lens system up to others, it would have a ton more potential. Just imagine a Tamron 17-70mm f2.8 for the XT4? Or a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8, as Hillary states. It’s past due time that Fujifilm does this.
Combine this lens with Fujifilm’s great film simulations and you’ve got yourself a winner. Classic Chrome, Provia, Velvia, and others will look fantastic.
Further to Hillary’s thoughts, I’m also a bit perplexed. The Fujifilm 10-24mm f4 R WR OIS has optical issues. It’s almost as if Fujifilm had a feeling that they’d be replacing it sometime soon. As a long time Fujifilm customer, I really wonder how much more APS-C cameras have. The company seems to be putting a bigger emphasis on GFX, and I praise them for that. In fact, I’m in love with their GFX cameras. They just need more fast glass to support the system.