Daily Archives: Tuesday, 24th Jun 2014

Fuji XF10-24mm Lens

Well, I’ve hinted, and I’ve posted some images taken with this beast, so I suppose I should give it a quick review thingy. Note that this isn’t a proper technical review – you’ll find those with all the resolution charts you could hope for on all the usual sites and even in print magazines. No, this is just about my early impressions of my latest X-mount lens.

I’d been contemplating getting this lens for a while. If it had been somewhat cheaper, I’d have had no hesitation at all, as one thing I have missed since the move from Canon to Fuji was a nicely flexible wide-angle lens. Now I’ve got that nifty little Samyang 8mm Fisheye[1], which is fun but not really what’s needed for every job. And I’ve got the excellent Fuji 14mm prime[2], which I have to confess to not using as much as I thought I might. What I really wanted was something that would give a nicely clear wide angle view over a moderate range. And in the course of Fuji’s lens development, they duly provided one, albeit at a relatively high price. But before we moan about prices, it’s worth remembering that Fuji make very high quality lenses. It’s also worth mentioning that when new lenses are produced, Fuji provide firmware for the cameras which ensures they’ll do Clever Things with them, like correcting the distortion that’s generally regarded as the consequence of using a wide-angle lens. Another point is that unlike a lot of zoom lenses, this one maintains the maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the zoom range, which goes some way to explaining its size and weight. And it comes with Fuji’s excellent image stabilisation, which is always good to have.

So, yeah, I bought one. And I’ve brought it on holiday with me along with my “standard” 18-55mm and the 55-200mm, so I’m nicely equipped for most eventualities.

So, how does it perform. Here’s another version of that view of the Millennium Centre, where I’ve had a bit less fun with the colours:

Millennium Centre

Millennium Centre

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/550s
Focal length: 10mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 27.8894′ 0″ N 3° 9.8452′ 0″ W

That’s a quite large building, and normally getting the whole of the front in the frame involves being further away, which introduces problems with streetlamps getting in the way. There’s some obvious distortion towards the edges, but nothing too extreme.

Or how about this vertical view of the water tower:

Water tower

Water tower

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/1500s
Focal length: 17.4mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 27.8894′ 0″ N 3° 9.8452′ 0″ W

That was taken roughly at mid-point of the lens’s zoom range, and is a JPG just as it came out of the camera, other than being resized and watermarked by Lightroom. I could have done this one at the short end of the 18-55mm, but as I had the wide lens on, I went with it.

Autofocus has been working well with this lens on the X-T1.

While we tend to think of wide-angle lenses as being best suited for landscapes, they can have interesting uses for close-up work. I spotted this flower in the railings of St John’s Church in Cardiff, and just had to get it in close-up. Well, I could have switched lenses, but instead I turned macro mode on, zoomed to 24mm, set the aperture to a nicely wide f/4 and got this:

Dry

Dry

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/320s
Focal length: 24mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 27.8894′ 0″ N 3° 9.8452′ 0″ W

So, a nicely versatile lens which is well worth adding to your collection if you’re a Fuji X user. I’ll need to play with it a bit more, but I’m already considering selling the 14mm lens on the quite sensible grounds that it doesn’t get used enough.

Still to come – that much longer telephoto that’s due later in the year. Now if Fuji can really give us 400mm with a decent aperture and image stabilisation, I’ll be very happy to give them more money…

[1] Review got lost in the tuitverse
[2] Review went looking for the one on the fisheye. Neither have been seen since.

MNT

This is another of those odd stickers that people like to put on signposts. I spotted this one at Cardiff Bay station. I can only guess that MNT is a code for mint sauce….

MNT - Mint?

MNT – Mint?

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/3.6
Shutter speed: 1/450s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 28.0373′ 0″ N 3° 9.9967′ 0″ W

So, the autofocus is a bit quicker then…

You know how there are times when you see something that you’ve just got to photograph, but you can’t quite catch it? Well, I thought I had one of those today. I’d just come out of the St David’s Centre, planning to walk to the Plan Café. At this point, my camera was in my bag. Cover closed. Not actually latched, but closed.

I heard a noise from the left, looked, and as quickly as I could pulled out the X-T1 and fired off a sequence of shots, tracking from left to right. You don’t always see this kind of thing in Cardiff[1], so here we go. Both images have been cropped but are otherwise straight out of camera.

Wild Ride 1

Wild Ride 1

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/3.6
Shutter speed: 1/750s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 28.8204′ 0″ N 3° 10.623′ 0″ W
Wild Ride 2

Wild Ride 2

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/3.6
Shutter speed: 1/550s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 28.8204′ 0″ N 3° 10.623′ 0″ W

So it does seem that the X-T1 is doing a nice job…

[1] And I have a vague suspicion that you’re not supposed to, either….

Stuff Report – 24 June 2014

Today started bright and sunny, so I took myself and the Fujifilm X-T1 to Cardiff for the day, leaving my brother to do some odd things he needed to do and to relax a bit. I had a short wander around the city, taking in Bute Park, and various landmarks before going to Queen Street station for a train to Cardiff Bay, where more acts of photography were committed, including this wide view of the Millennium Centre:

Millennium Centre

Millennium Centre

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/550s
Focal length: 10mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 27.8894′ 0″ N 3° 9.8452′ 0″ W

This has had a bit of colour tweaking and boosting to make it into a picture postcard view.

On the other hand, this view of the structure which I’ll always think of as Torchwood Tower has has all its colour removed, so we’re probably in balance, or something:

Monolith

Monolith

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/3000s
Focal length: 13.8mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 24 June, 2014
Location: 51° 27.8894′ 0″ N 3° 9.8452′ 0″ W

I paused for a very tasty ice cream from Cadwaladers – one scoop mint choc chip and one honeycomb in a cone. The mint choc chip was at the bottom and nicely firm, the honeycomb at the top and nicely soft, which worked very well.

After a few more photos, I headed back in to Cardiff where I got a few more photos, some of which will appear later. I stopped off for a toasted teacake and a large bottle of mineral water (it was a warm day!) at the Plan Café, which is a place I’ll happily recommend to anyone.

After that, I decided I’d probably done enough, and headed back to the station for the return to Pencoed.