The Fujinon 10-24mm is an absolutely great lens to add to your kit. It’s small, light, sharp and optically just beautiful. It’s fantastic for landscapes and when zoomed in can be great for everything else.
It’s quality and sharpness is good, but go into it knowing it’s a zoom so it does have some flaws.
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm R OIS f4 Lens Review
One thing I really like about this lens is the size. When it arrived, I was surprised at how small it was. It fits very comfortably on the Fuji X-T1 and the X-T2 and the camera feels well balanced with it attached.
The lens has aperture controls built into it with a manual to auto switch. This giving it that same manual control you get from other Fujifilm lenses, which allows you to adjust the aperture on lens rather than with some camera dial or digging through a menu.
Like other Fujifilm lenses, it is fly-by-wire except for the zoom functionality.
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Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 OIS Lens Key Features
-The Fujinon XF 10-24mm f4mm lens will give you that 15-36mm equivalent field of view if you were using a 35mm full frame camera.
-Max Aperture f4, minimum f22.
-14 elements in 10 groups with 4 aspherical and 3 extra low dispersion elements.
-7-blade rounded aperture. This means the aperture is entirely round at f4 but you will see geometry as you close down.
-72mm filter size.
24mm, ISO 1600, f4.5, 1/60sec
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f4 OIS Lens First Impressions
What I Love About This Lens
It kind of gives you everything you need in an ultra-wide zoom. I really like it for travel photography, it’s wide enough to shoot landscapes, but the tele end is also fun for street photography.
It’s not very fast but the OIS helps give you some better low light control by allowing you to slow down your shutter speed. It also means you don’t need a tripod as much.
I’m surprised at how sharp and clean the corners are at 10mm and even 14mm.
All in all it’s a solid little lens.
Few Things I Don’t Love
There are not a lot of things I don’t like about this lens, I’m even ok with it being f4 since I never shoot more open on an ultra wide lens anyway.
It’s main flaw would be its corners and edges at the tele end. They tend to get a little bit smeary.
I wish the lens was dust and weather sealed for photos like this one, where the air was filled with a misty rain and volcanic ash. I was near the top of Mount Aso, an active volcano in Japan.
24mm, ISO 200, f8, 1/160sec
Fuji XF 10mm-24mm f4 Technical Review
The minimum aperture is f22 max is f4, but you probably don’t want to shoot higher than an f11 due to diffraction.
See the diffraction chart.
Fujinon XF 10-24mm f4 OIS Diffraction Chart
I shot a few samples with a 100% crop at 24mm.
F5.6 to F8 look the nicest. F11 and F16 are still useable but I’d stay way from using F22.
This was shot with Fujifilm’s Lens Modulation Optimization turned on. This feature is suppose to correct for some diffraction but I don’t really see it on the RAW files. Perhaps it only works on JPEG or on prime lenses.
Fuji XF 10-24mm F4 Vignetting, Distortion, Aberrations and Color Cast
There is no noticeable vignetting or distortion when shooting RAW or JPEG due to Fujifilm’s in camera lens profile correction that is baked into the files. However, you can turn the lens profile correction off using Iridient Developer 3. I won’t go into this too much because you won’t need to do this, but here is what vignetting and distortion looks like at 10mm. It gets better the closer you get to 24mm.
ISO 200, 10mm, f4
There are some very minor color aberrations when the lens profile is turned off, but it’s actually very well controlled on this lens.
I’m also not seeing any color casts worth noting.
Lens Detail and Sharpness
Lens sharpness is only decent depending on where you’re at in the focal range. The lens perform best at around 14mm. 10mm is also pretty good but 24mm has a bit of corner softness.
Sharpness chart at 10mm with the 100% crop of the center, left edge and bottom left corner.
I’m sharing only left edges for this example since my right edges seem to be off calibration.
Sharpness Chart at 14mm with the 100% crop of the center, left edge and bottom left corner.
Edges and corners stay impressively sharp. This seems to be the sweet spot.
Sharpness Chart at 24mm with the 100% crop of the center, left edge and bottom left corner.
At 24mm the corners and edges don’t hold up very well. This is pretty standard for many of the ultra wide zoom lenses I’ve used. They do well at the wide and middle ranges and tend to be a little soft at the tele end.
A focus shift is when your focus changes slightly between aperture adjustments. I haven’t experience any yet with this lens.
The OIS is nice, it gives you some nice control at slower shutter speeds. I’ve been able to easily shoot at 1/30 and I can probably get away 1/15.
The 7 Blade Aperture And Bokeh
The Bokeh at lower apertures is actually very smooth, but light glares with some irregularities which isn’t all that pretty.
From f11-f22 the “sun stars” look great.
What Troubles Me About This Lens – I Got A Bad Copy
I’ll get photos where the right edges are significantly softer than the left edges. I don’t notice it on all my images which is why I didn’t catch it when I first got the lens.
I’m not sure if it’s something that is caused by the lens going in and out of OIS, since this causes elements to sort of float around.
If you consider getting this lens, check for these same characteristic immediately after purchase and send it back if is behaving this way. It’s unacceptable for a lens to do this and I would send mine back if I hadn’t already had it for several months.
Here are some examples of what my lens is doing.
What To Do When You Get A Bad Copy?
Send it in. If you’ve had the lens past the return date, then you can send it in and warranty should cover it. They did on mine. I sent it into Fujifilm’s repair center and they happily fixed it. It just took about 2-3 months. So be patient and hopefully it’s still under warranty by the time it gets back incase they failed to fix it.
In my particular instance, they replaced the lens mount and added a huge piece of dust to the rear element. The lens also has the same problem so it’s not fixed and my warranty is expired. So not only did they not fix it, they gave it back in worse condition. So my 10-24 is now a lovely paper weight. Such a bummer.
Fujinon 10-24mm f4 OIS Review Conclusions
I really do love this lens. It’s so convenient and excellent for travel photography.
The lens is small and light and the focal range of 10-24mm is very fun to use. The Fujifilm lens profile correction does an excellent job of eliminating any distortion, vignetting or aberrations, making this lens great for architecture and landscapes. Just keep in mind lens performs very well at wide to mid ranges but the performance drops off a bit by 24mm.
If you do choose to buy this lens, just be sure to shoot something like a brick wall to see if your lens has similar issues to mine. I’m sure it won’t.
Be sure to check out my Fujifilm lens list for a complete list of all the available Fujinon lenses.
There are two other ultra wide primes that look promising. The Fujifilm XF 14mm (Amazon) and the Fujifilm XF 16mm (Amazon) which everybody is loving. I believe Zeiss is no longer making their Tout, so if you want wider than 14mm on a prime, better grab a Tout before it’s too late. There is also a Samyang 10mm f2.8 and a Voigtlander 10mm if you’ve got the cash.
Fujinon 10-24mm f4 Sample Images
I shot some landscapes, HDR photography and street photography to try to show the versatility of this lens. It can be used for just about anything. Except maybe sports and bird photography.
13mm, ISO 200, f8, 1/400sec
10mm, ISO 200, f11, 1/40, 3-Shot +-EV HDR
15mm, ISO 200, f8, 1/180sec
10mm, ISO 200, f8, 4.3sec, 3-Shot +-1EV HDR
24mm, ISO 200, f8, 1/50sec
18mm, ISO 200, f9, 0.7sec
10mm, ISO 200, f7.1, 1/8sec, 3-Shot +-1EV HDR
10mm, ISO 200, f16, 0.6 sec
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