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The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR lens adds the weather protection missing from the original, but doesn’t change the optics.
Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm Price and availability
In comparison to the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS ($999.95), the Fujifilm Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR ($999.95) does not provide any enhancements in photography or focusing, but it does include weather protection.
The availability of that capability in a wide lens is good news for outdoor photographers who previously had to pay substantially more for the bulkier XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR ($1,999.95). For photographers using the X system, it’s a practical wide lens that performs admirably in a market devoid of meaningful third-party alternatives.
Wide Zoom With Weather Protection
A fair-sized lens, the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR measures approximately 3.4 by 3.1 inches (HD) and weighs 13.6 ounces. Its size is comparable to the mid-tier XF 18-55mm kit lens (2.8 by 2.6 inches, 10.9 ounces), larger than the stabilized XF 16-80mm, and larger than a slim beginner zoom like the XC 15-45mm (1.7 by 2.5 inches, 4.8 ounces) (3.5 by 3.1 inches, 15.5 ounces).
In my testing, I combined the 10-24mm with the X-T30 II and X-Pro3. On a thin body like the X-T30 II, the zoom is little front-heavy but still usable. With the X-S10, whose wide-angle vision and stable sensor work well for vlog-style video, I can see it becoming popular.
And buying the XF 10-24mm is motivated by the desire to take extra-wide images. If you’re a smartphone photographer, it’s comparable to the 0.5x or ultra-wide lenses on phones. When you zoom out, it takes an ultra-wide view. Additionally, it is comparable to the 15-36mm focal length range on full frame bodies for film shooters. For photos with perspective-shifting effects as well as landscapes, buildings, and cityscapes, the wide field of view is especially useful.
Landscape professionals who work in all weather conditions or near water features will appreciate the weather protection provided by the XF 10-24mm. The front element lacks a hydrophobic fluorine anti-smudge coating, but if that worries you, you may add a 72mm protective filter. The 10-24mm differs from the XF 8-16mm F2.8, which has a spherical front element that prevents their usage, in that it can add threaded filters.
There aren’t any other autofocusing wide zooms for the Fujifilm system besides the XF 8-16mm. There are two primes: the Fujinon XF 14mm ($899.99) and the Zeiss Touit 12mm ($1,250), neither of which has weather sealing. Quality manual-focus wide lenses like the 9mm Zero-D ($499) are offered by specialized third-party businesses like Venus Optics, but they also lack weather protection.
Handling, Focus, and Stabilization
For manual focus, zoom, and aperture control, the lens has three on-barrel control rings. The aperture ring, which is located closest to the lens mount, adjusts in third-stop increments from f/4 to f/22. Unintentional switching between manual and automated aperture control is prevented by a push-button lock.
The aperture ring cannot be set for silent, click-free operation, although the f-stops are labeled (they weren’t on the original version). Fujifilm’s Silent Movie Control interface, which is available on the company’s more capable video models, can be used by videographers who struggle with that.
Autofocus is snappy; the lens drives from close to distant and locks focus in about 0.1-second with the X-T30 II. The manual focus ring turns freely but with a bit of drag, a benefit for making fine adjustments to the point of focus.
You can pick between nonlinear or linear manual focus with many cameras; the latter is useful for videographers who want to pair the lens with a follow focus system. The 10-24mm shows no breathing effect when you shift focus, which makes it a good choice for rack focus shots.
Stabilized optics are beneficial for both stills and video. I recorded some handheld footage with the X-T30 II and the lens did a fine job of keeping the view steady when I stood still. If you intend to walk around with the lens though, you should likely pair it with a camera that has IBIS or use a gimbal.
The best close-up results are at the 24mm setting. The lens delivers 1:6.3 life-size magnification there because of a 9.4-inch focus distance. It focuses close at wider angles too, so you can make images that place a close subject against a vast backdrop, a favorite technique of photographers with wide lenses.
XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR In the Lab
To evaluate the XF 10-24mm’s optical capabilities in a testing environment, I used the 26MP X-T30 II and Imatest software. On a 16MP camera, the original performed admirably, and the optics held up on devices with more pixels.
The lens achieves extremely good resolution at f/4 (2,600–2,800 lines) over the zoom range, however we notice fuzzy results at the margins of an image (1,800-2,000 lines). For landscapes, it is advantageous to choose a smaller aperture since at f/5.6 (3,000–3,200 lines), the overall resolution increases to the outstanding range, and the edges are in the very good range (2,600-2,800 lines). Peak sharpness is between f/8 and f/11, and in our opinion, the zoom is slightly sharper at the wide end.
Fujifilm photographers who use JPG mode to snap photos don’t have to worry about wide-angle barrel and zoomed-in pincushion distortion. If you opt for Raw format, use a lens profile to correct these issues—Adobe Lightroom has one that compensates for distortion with a single click. The profile also brightens corners, though vignetting isn’t a major concern with this lens.
Chromatic aberration isn’t a concern—there’s no sign of purple color fringing from lateral CA around power lines and branches, nor do we see false color from longitudinal CA (LoCA) in background blur or specular highlights. The lens handles shots into the sun well with little flare and ghosting at wide and moderate apertures. We induced some ghosts when stopping down to f/22 for sunstars—the lens draws 14-point starbursts with moderately sharp tines when you stop it down all the way.
Wide Zoom for Landscapes, Vlogs, and More
Although Fujifilm didn’t make many changes to its popular wide-angle lens, it turns out that the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS’s optics work just fine with modern cameras.
The revised model adds a few letters to the model name; the key upgrades here are the inclusion of weather resistance and minor aesthetic adjustments. For outdoor photographers who also possess weather-sealed Fuji cameras, the weather sealing is welcome news, and from a handling standpoint, we value the marked f-stops on the aperture ring. The adaptability is also increased with optical stabilization, which is particularly appealing for handheld video and vlogging applications.
The $1,000 price may make the lens aspirational to some, but there aren’t any more affordable wide zoom alternatives for the system. Fuji’s other wide lens, the XF 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR, costs twice as much but justifies its premium with a broader view and bigger f-stop. If you can handle a manual focus prime, the aforementioned Venus Laowa 9mm Zero-D is a good pick for around half the price.
We’re waiting to see if Tamron releases its excellent 11-20mm F2.8 ($829) for Fujifilm cameras—at press time, the lens is available only for Sony cameras, but Tamron has recently launched a few of its lenses for the Fujifilm system, including the 17-70mm F2.8 ($799.99).