After many months of waiting, the 10-24mm has officially been announced by Fuji. At this point in time, the lens will retail for $999 and will be available starting in March of 2014.
Have you picked yourself off the floor yet? Yes, that was $999 retail…. pick your jaw up now. And you are correct, you can buy an X-E1 kit for that these days.
I have always had a bit of an issue with the price of Fujinon lenses. Despite the fact that the two lenses that I have owned are little engineering marvels, I still find them a bit overpriced.
Mind you, we are talking brand new lenses on the market and lenses that have been made in Japan. Therefore, it is somewhat understandable that the lenses are a bit pricey. It will be interesting to see if they start churning out XF lenses from their Philippine factory – not sure if it is up and running yet, will have to check.
Anyhow, let’s forget about the price, because you can either afford it or you can’t. If you are comfortable with manually focusing lenses, you can always go with Samyang, Tamron or Nikon who have very good lenses in this focal range. They will also save you money.
Here are the highlights of the lens:
-4 aspherical lenses, 3 low dispersion
-14 elements in 10 groups
-Built in OIS
-7 aperture blades, rounded
-f4.0 constant aperture throughout the focal range
-Minimum focal distance of 24cm
-AOV 110 degrees – 61.2 degrees
Kind of nice that they have incorporated OIS into this lens. Anyone who shoots church interiors (or any other building interior) will certainly appreciate this feature. Sorry, but you can’t always set up a tripod.
There is not much more one can say at this point. We are going to have to wait until March for any reviews to come out. Mind you, people are already complaining about it, especially in regards to the lack of a distance scale and DOF markings. Oh well, you can’t please everyone.