The Fuji 10-24mm – one month review

I’ve had my new Fuji 10-24mm lens for a month now and I thought I’d share a few thoughts and pictures with you.  The lens is quite chunky and heavy by Fuji XF standards but still nowhere near as bulky as the Nikon 16-35mm f4 lens that I sold to fund this purchase.  And am I glad I made the swop? Well the answer is a definite yes – not because of any huge gains in image quality but simply because I’m using the lens more that I was the Nikon.  Essentially that’s because the Fuji X-Series is more luggable.

I’ve chosen a few photos below from my first month, including shots from a beach holiday in Cornwall (the subject of an earlier post), a visit to the beautiful Lake District in the North West of the UK and also a shot or two from my hometown of Preston.

All the shots here were shot in RAW and then converted in Lightroom.  I’m still not convinced I’ve really got the most out of the lens yet and I’ve read some comments about in-camera jpegs being the way to go for the best results with this lens.  That’s an option I’ll certainly be trying.

I’m no pixel peeper so I couldn’t tell you if this lens is as good as others when you enlarge the image by 500 percent or whatever. If you want the ultimate quality for advertising or the like then you have plenty of options.  I can’t imagine any situation where the quality of these images will let me down unless it’s due to user error.

One thing of note is that for some of these shots a polarising filter was fitted. I found the effect to be a bit hit and miss with coverage across the frame to be quite inconsistent. No fault of the lens but I am wondering whether it’s worth bothering with the filter at all given that the results without the filter are pretty damned good anyway.

By all accounts the image stabilisation is pretty good on this lens too.  I’ve only had a couple of occasions to test this out and I have to say it’s been impressive.

So, all in all this is another great Fuji lens which I will be using a lot.

 

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10 thoughts

  1. Stay with RAW format. RAW is 12 to 14 bit giving you 4096 to 16384 shades or tones. If you shoot JPEG (8bit) you only have 256 shades recorded. JPEG will never give you as much information as RAW, no matter what lens you use. The reason you have inconsistent results with the polarizer is because you are using an ultra wide lens which has a very wide angle of view. Light is polarized at its maximum at 90 degrees from the sun. As you decrease this angle the polarization becomes less and less. That is why one side of your image will have a dark blue sky and the other side will be light blue. This is very hard to correct in post. Be careful where you use the polarizer. Your images are very nice. I really like the B&W’s.

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  2. I have found Capture One the best raw processor. I import into Lightroom and pick the best and put then into a sub-folder named picks. Then import into Capture One do the adjustments and export as tiffs back into a sub-folder named selects for cataloging. It may sound complicated, but once set up it is quick.

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      • Hi Paul, I have used Lightroom from the beginning bit found that I could get more out of Fuji files which for me I like with Capture One… just a thought.

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  3. hi,

    if is it possible i need full res images of xf 10-24 @10mm and @14mm f4-5.6-8 comparison so that both focal length give the same view i.e you have to adjust your position .i really need this comparison.hope fully in boh raw and jpeg

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