Yesterday, I took the opportunity to take some wide angle shots in the Old Port with the 18-55mm. I must say, after owning a 10-24mm, I really do miss having an ultra-wide lens.
Fuji is going to be coming out with their 10-24mm in the next few months, but I am not looking forward to see the price. I am sure it is going to be a little engineering marvel like all their other XF lenses, but I can’t see it being any less than $800. I could be wrong about the price; but whatever it may be, it is not going to get me to rush out and buy one.
The 18-55 has a field of view of 76.5 degrees at 18mm. My old 10-24 for my Nikon had a FOV of 109 degrees at 10mm! That is a bit more than 16 degrees extra on both sides of your frame. Fuji does have a 14mm that has a FOV of 90 degrees, but I don’t see it as being worth it seeing as they are coming out with the 10-24.
There are alternatives though, as there always is. Samyang, a Korean lens company, will be coming out with a 12mm F2 lens solely for mirror-less cameras and Fuji X will be one of the mounts. If it ends up being as good as their 8mm fisheye lens, it will be a winner for sure. Even though the lens will be completely manual, it will certainly be less than half the price of the Fuji 10-24.
I have thought a lot of the 8mm fisheye. It has a FOV of 180 degrees! Now that is crazy. It will also give you some crazy distortion. However, if you use it in a certain way, the distortion can be minimized, but it will still be there. I am still debating on whether to pull the trigger on it (it would be great for the church interiors), but i think i will wait to see what the 12mm will be all about.
I still feel that the Fujinon lenses are slightly over-priced. Despite them being little marvels of engineering, I am not sure they are worth ever penny that they are being sold for. I do realize that I have bought into the system, but as with my Nikon days, I can not necessarily justify spending “Fuji” money on extra lenses, especially when there are perfectly good alternatives available.
For now, it will be a waiting game to see what the Samyang 12mm brings to the party. The 8mm is still on my mind and i think it would be great for doing church interiors. It would certainly give some interesting results.