Seeing Wide with the Fuji X-T1 & XF 10-24 F4 OIS

What a productive and exciting two weeks it has been! Not only have we been shooting with the brand new Fuji X-T1 but pairing this camera with the XF 10-24 F OIS and XF 56 F1.2.

The wide-angle perspective is our favourite way of seeing the world. However, shooting with wide-angle lenses is extremely difficult and challenging. This type of lens doesn’t leave any margin for mistakes.

First, the subject has to be prominent and distinctive. Second, the entire real estate of the frame must be used for maximum impact. Third, a change in perspective has a much bigger impact than with other lenses. Finally, the corners of the frame have to undergo careful examination.

Keeping all these things in mind, we had an opportunity to capture some images with the Fuji X-T1 and XF 10-24 F4 OIS lens. We are really glad we could test this lens paired with the X-T1. While it’s easy to get excited about all sorts of technical data, let’s not forget that photography is the art of seeing. Indeed, the X-T1’s viewfinder offers headway for those who pay most attention to visual artistry. Stay tuned for a full-fledged review of the camera (of course, there are many other reasons this camera has been talked about by professional photographers for the last few weeks; more about them in our future posts).

But enough of this writing craze; here are the images.



(all colour train images below JPEGs straight from the camera, Velvia film simulation)

Fuji X-T1 & XF 10-24mm F4 OIS (top) vs. Fuji X-Pro1 & XF 14mm F2.8 (bottom)






As always, some B&Ws












The last and favourite image was taken with the Fujinon XF 56mm F1.2.



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9 thoughts on “Seeing Wide with the Fuji X-T1 & XF 10-24 F4 OIS

  1. I was probably too quick with posting my previous comment on my copy of the Fujinon 10-24mm, asking for advice on the alleged noises I noticed after my very first use of a stabilized Fuji zoom lens. So yesterday I took some time to properly check the lens and I could verify that the rattling I was complaining about vanishes completely when the camera is on. That’s because the OIS kicks in and the optical elements in the lens stabilize. Also the hissing noise reported previously is not that much evident when using the camera/lens in a standard environment. The absolute silence of the night had probably accentuated the overall and initial impression I got when I turned on the camera with the 10-24mm for the first time, late in the night, when no other noises were distracting my ears. I can now say that the hissing noise is not that bad and will go completely unnoticed during normal use!
    Anyway, just for my peace of mind, I decided to pay a visit back to the shop where I picked up the lens and I kindly asked for a comparison with the other copy of the 10-24mm that was received fresh from Fuji together with the one I had on pre-order. Long story short, and like I suspected, both lenses behaved exactly the same: identical rattling when the lens is not mounted on camera (or when the camera is not turned on) and the very same light hissing noise of the OIS mechanism during use, even though, it was again too difficult to actually hear it with all the ambient noise in the shop.
    I just wanted to rectify the wrong findings of my previous post, which were probably a result of my previous long time experience and comparison with Nikon gear. That likely put me on the wrong track!
    Therefore, what remains to report is a lens with superb image quality and stellar performance… and no issues whatsoever!

    1. I have the same problems with my 10-24mm on a X-Pro1 – I have the same annoying noise all the time and the rattling noise while not on the camera. I was a big Fuji fanboy before but I have to say that isn’t acceptable for a 1000$+ lens. Even the good old 18-55 with OIS on doesn’t do the hissing noise. Fuji has to sort that out quickly with a Firmware update for lens and body.

  2. Hi Olaf,
    I’ve picked up a Fuji 10-24mm yesterday and I’d like to know if the rattling noise I can clearly hear whenever handling the lens is normal. It’s a noise from the inside of the lens barrel, like if there is something loose and slightly moving internally.
    I can also here a hissing noise whenever the camera is on and although I understand it should be related to the OIS mechanism of the lens, this noise is always there regardless if the shutter release button is half pressed (IS engaged) or not, and if the OIS selector is switched to the Off position.
    Could please advise if you noted anything similar with your 10-24mm?
    Many thanks and many compliments for your wonderful blog!
    Best regards,

  3. Olaf,
    The last one is a classic. Haunting and engaging. I bet it’s stunning in print.

    The interior shot, with all the shadow, texture, and detail, reveals the power of this lens and sensor combo.

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