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Summary

Highly Recommended awardFujifilm's XF 10-24mm f4 is an ultra-wide zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras upon which it delivers a 15-36mm equivalent range that's ideal for capturing expansive landscapes, large architecture, or simply big group shots when you can't step back any further. The optical quality is very good, especially at the wide-end where you want it, and while there's sadly no weather sealing, the optical stabilisation is useful for handheld and video work even at these short focal lengths. If you're using small filter systems, like the Lee Seven5 NDs, beware that vignetting will occur at the shortest focal lengths, but normally disappears by 12mm. Also note Fujifilm recently announced an XF 8-16mm f2.8 for sometime in 2018 with wider coverage, a brighter aperture and weather sealing, but the price, release date and filter compatibility are unknown. Even with this new lens in the wings, I can still Highly Recommend the XF 10-24mm f4 - it's one of my most used personal lenses.

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Fujifilm’s XF 10-24mm f4 is an ultra-wide zoom for its X-mount mirrorless cameras. Announced in December 2013, it delivers a 15-36mm equivalent range with a constant f4 focal ratio that’s ideal for capturing expansive landscapes, large architecture, or simply big group shots when you can’t step back any further. There’s no weather sealing, but the optical stabilisation is useful for handheld and video work even at these short focal lengths.

The optical design employs 14 elements in 10 groups, with four aspherical and four extra low dispersion elements. The focal ratio is a constant f4 throughout the range and the aperture system uses seven rounded blades. There’s optical stabilisation built-in, and the closest focusing distance of 24cm allows a maximum magnification of 0.16x. The barrel measures 78mm in diameter, 87mm in length, weighs 410g and offers a 72mm filter thread. As noted above, there’s no weather sealing on this model.

As a fan of ultra-wide photography, I’ve been an owner of the XF 10-24mm f4 since its launch and have been delighted with its results, especially at the wide-end. If you use filters, especially stacked NDs, you’ll need to beware of possible vignetting at the widest focal lengths; I use it with the Lee Seven5 ND system and find I need to nudge the zoom ring to around 12mm to avoid vignetting completely, but that’s still very wide and saves me from using larger and more expensive 100mm systems. For a while, the XF 10-24mm was the only ultra-wide zoom from Fujifilm, making it a no-brainer for anyone needing this coverage, but the company recently announced an XF 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR for release sometime in 2018. It sports wider coverage, a brighter focal ratio and weather-sealing, but its price will be higher, its on-sale date unconfirmed, and there’s no news on how it’ll handle filters. As such, the XF 10-24mm f4 remains a highly recommended option – check out my review-in-progress!

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Above left: Fuji XF 10-24mm at 10mm (15mm equiv), above right: Fuji XF 10-24mm at 24mm (36mm equiv)

 

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