Fujifilm has just announced a new addition to its lens lineup – the Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS. Although it came as no surprise thanks to Fujifilm’s official lens roadmap, the lens was still highly awaited, and for good reason. It now offers the widest angle of view of any Fujinon X-mount lens, while still carrying a moderately fast aperture of f/4. In addition to that, it also offers optical image stabilization, which makes it a Fujifilm equivalent to Nikon’s highly regarded AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR – a lens that helped prove image stabilization is, in quite a few situations, useful even at the widest angles of view.
1) Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS Lens Overview
The lens has a focal length of 10-24mm, which makes it the widest lens designed for Fujifilm X mount cameras. Although not the only wide-angle option for the system – Zeiss has a Touit 12mm f/2.8 lens and Fujifilm themselves have the great XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens – it beats the alternatives for those who would trade one stop of light gathering for the versatility of variable focal length. Not to mention that the image stabilization virtually eliminates the advantages the faster prime lenses have in many situations. In the end, photographers who use Fujifilm cameras now have more choice.
The optical design of the new zoom lens consists of 14 elements in 10 groups. 4 elements are aspherical and 3 are made of extra low dispersion glass, and there are all sorts of clever coatings to minimize optical imperfections. The lens is fairly complex, but you would expect that from a zoom lens of such parameters. The aperture range starts at f/4 and can be closed down all the way to f/22. There are seven diaphragm blades. Fuji promises great performance throughout the aperture range with those cameras that support Lens Modulation Optimizer technology (currently the X-E2), which, in theory and to an extent, negates diffraction effect at small apertures. I just hope that Fujifilm didn’t skimp and tried to make the XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS as good as it can be even without software tricks, just like they did with the XF 14mm lens.
On to the rest of the specs. The lens can focus all the way down to 24 cm (less than 10 inches) and provide a reasonable magnification for a wide-angle lens of 0.16x. As usual with zoom lenses, there is no depth of field scale. Autofocus is internal, so the lens does not change its length upon focusing. Fuji promises fast and quiet autofocus, too, which is always nice to have. What is more impressive – the zooming is also completely internal! So while it is hardly compact when mounted on a mirrorless camera at 87mm (3.43″) in length and 78mm (3.07″) in diameter, at least it does not get bigger and will feel more durable during use, even more so thanks to metal construction. On the other hand, the lens is rather heavy at 410g, and at $1000 also the most expensive Fujinon lens for X mount.
Here is a short list of key parameters of the lens:
- Lens name: Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS
- Lens Construction: 19 elements in 14 groups
- Optical image stabilization
- Maximum aperture: f/4
- Minimum aperture: f/22
- Filter size: ø72mm
- Features an aperture ring
- Metal construction
- Minimum focusing distance: 24cm (9.45″)
- Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 78mm x 87mm / 3.07″ x 3.43″
- Number of diaphragm blades: 7
- Maximum magnification: 0.16x
- Weight: 410g / 0.9lb
- Priced at around $999.95, available March 2014
Despite the high price and weight, a very attractive lens, this. We will test it as soon as we get a copy. Next up – the XF 56mm f/1.2 R!
2) Official Press Release
Here is the official press release by Fujifilm:
Fujifilm launches the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS – an ultra wide to standard zoom lens with an F4.0 aperture throughout
FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS lens compatible with all Fujifilm X mount compact system cameras.
The new Fujinon XF lens is a 2.4x zoom lens – equivalent to 15-36mm in 35mm format. Its ultra wide to standard focal length capabilities make it the perfect choice for shooting dynamic, high impact landscapes images with maximum detail from the foreground to the far distance. It also comes into its own when shooting interiors, making small rooms look more impressive, while the maximum F4.0 aperture that is available throughout the zoom range, enables handheld shooting even in low light conditions.
Fujifilm’s introduction of the Fujinon XF10-24mmF4 R OIS means its X mount series can now boast (in 35mm equivalent) focal length options ranging from 15mm to 350mm.
Key features on the Fujinon XF10-24mm lens:
- Newly designed optical system with 4 high-precision aspherical lenses and 3 extra low dispersion glass lenses which maximize performance of the X-Trans sensor.
- A powerful Optical Image Stabilisation function which boosts the ability to work handheld when shooting in low light.
- Ghosting is minimized by Fujifilm’s unique HT-EBC* multi-layer coating that is applied to all sides of Fujinon lenses.
- An additional newly developed coating has been added to the reverse side of the front lens in the XF10-24 composition to further reduce the ghosting that typically occurs when using deep concave lenses.
- Enhanced resolving power at all apertures when used in-conjunction with an X-series camera** that incorporates a Lens Modulation Optimizer (LMO) function.
- Seven-blade aperture diaphragm that helps to create smooth and round bokeh effects.
- The ability to shoot at an aperture of F4.0 from the lens’ ultra-wide 15mm focal length to its longest at 36mm (35mm equivalent).
- A minimum working distance of 24cm means that with macro photography you can capture both the small foreground detail and the wider surroundings to give your subject greater context.
- Its high-speed AF is achieved via its inner focusing system which drives smaller lenses in the middle or rear lens groups without moving the larger lenses in the front lens groups.
- Thanks to light weight internal lenses and the addition of a stepping motor, the XF10-24mm lens is also very quiet to use.
- With its precision-made, responsive, and finely-tuned metal aperture and focus rings, you are ensured a superb handling experience.
* High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating
** As of December 2013 FUJIFILM X-E2