When I bought my Fujifilm X-T1 a couple of months ago, there was an offer attached – register the camera with Fujifilm and they’d give you £250 off the price of their new lens. Details were a bit vague at the time, but now all is clear. Rather than give you a discount off the list price from their own store, they’re doing one of several things, depending on where you bought the camera. Apparently some people are getting a discount code which can be used at a variety of actual shops and online retailers, but I got an instruction to call Jessop’s and quote my serial number. Well, I’m quite happy to buy things from Jessop’s, either in the shop or online, so that was fine.
I placed the order yesterday, with the lens costing me £449.99, which I was quite happy to pay, having seen enough reviews to convince me that I really did want one.
It does, of course, overlap with the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens that came with my X-E1, but has a few benefits:
- It’s got a much bigger zoom range, as you’ll see below
- It’s got even better image stabilisation, allowing you to get away with longer exposures hand-held
- It’s more “weather resistant” than previous Fujifilm lenses, making it a good match for the X-T1, which is similarly more resistant
There are some downsides, though:
- The maximum aperture isn’t anywhere near as wide as on the older lens, so extreme depth of field tricks may be restricted.
- It’s physically bigger and heavier, and at full zoom sticks out quite a long way
So, will it replace the 18-55mm as my usual walk-around lens? I’m not sure yet, but it is a distinct possibility. While it is bigger, it feels nicely balanced on the X-T1, and easy enough to carry around. I took it out for a walk at lunchtime, intending to spend some time getting to know it, but of course, it started to rain. Not enough to bother the camera, but enough to get me wetter than I wanted to be, so I stopped and waited for the bus back from the Quayside to Market Street, where quite naturally the rain stopped…
Anyway, what we have for now are some test shots to show the zoom range. Here’s Milburn House seen from the other side of Dean Street at the wide end:
And here’s much the same view at the 135mm end:
Quite a useful range, I’d say.
Now just like my usual test for a wide-angle lens is the view from the Millennium Bridge, for a long lens, I like to take a look at Earl Grey. Here he is, at the long end again:
And here’s a cropped and slightly tweaked version of the same image, which shows some nice detail:
So far, I like the new lens. More comments and impressions when I get a chance to take it somewhere.
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