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.

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(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)

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As always, some B&Ws

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

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EYES WIDE OPEN – First Thoughts on the XF 10-24 F4 R OIS

In the past I shot with zooms but my main arsenal is now prime lenses. I believe that not only do primes offer superior quality (with a few exceptions) and portability, but most importantly they allow you to think creatively. Some of the legends of photography shot with one lens their entire career; others “limited” themselves to two, maximum three lenses. This way there were able to train their eye to see and compose, which eventually led to superb work.

Therefore, when Fuji was kind enough to let me try a brand new Fujinon XF 10-24 F4 R OIS lens, I approached the subject with a dose of zoom hostility and prejudgment. As a fan and heavy user of the superb XF 14mm F2.8 R lens, I wondered if I would ever enjoy this much bigger and heavier addition to the Fuji X-series line-up.

On paper there is not much difference in focal length between 10mm and 14mm, some would argue. WRONG! In a wide-angle world, it makes a considerable difference. And for a serious landscape photographer, the wider you go, the more impact you create. Of course this is assuming you know how to craft grand vistas with such a demanding tool.

Having said that, I have spent the weekend shooting almost all my imagery at the wide-end of this lens, 10mm. What an impact it creates! While it is too early to evaluate all the technical attributes and write a full review of this lens, I can say with full confidence that if you are a serious landscape photographer, this lens should find its way into your bag.

Here are some recent images shot with the X-T1 and XF 10-24 F4 R OIS. Stay tuned. 

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and some B&Ws…

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Fuji X-T1, XF 10-24mm F4 OIS & XF 56mm F1.2 reviews at work

The Fuji X-T1, XF 10-24mm F4 OIS & XF 56mm F1.2 are here. Thank you Fuji.

We have already started shooting with this gear. This weekend we are leaving for Vancouver Island, first on the list of great destinations planned for this month. Hopefully the weather will cooperate since many of you know March can be quite a wet month in Vancouver. Stay tuned for full reviews of the X-T1, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS and bitingly sharp XF 56mm R F1.2.

In the meantime, here are our first images shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS.

All B&Ws, processed in Iridient Developer & NIK Silver Pro.

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Here are some JPEGs straight from the camera, Velvia & B&W+R film simulations. Minor adjustments in Lightroom 5.

XF 10-24mm F4 OIS

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XF 56mm F1.2 – look for portrait samples in our upcoming posts

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