The fab Fuji rules the roost

The Fu­ji­non XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS is an op­ti­cal treat

Digital Camera World - - KIT ZONE -

Fu­ji­film’s X-se­ries cam­era bod­ies and lenses have rightly won high praise for their clever de­sign, ro­bust build con­struc­tion and high-end per­for­mance. All of these facets are typ­i­fied by the XF10-24mm lens, which com­bines flaw­less han­dling with neat styling and top-drawer im­age qual­ity.

The Olym­pus 7-14mm is a beau­ti­fully made lens that de­liv­ers pro-grade han­dling and per­for­mance, but its built-in hood pre­cludes the at­tach­ment of screw-in fil­ters or fil­ter hold­ers. The same goes for the Sigma 8-16mm, but at least a spe­cial­ist Lee Fil­ters adap­tor is avail­able for the Olym­pus. Even so, the Sigma is a clear win­ner for max­imis­ing view­ing an­gles, and is avail­able for a wide range of cam­era types.

The re­cently launched Canon and Nikkor lenses are rel­a­tively com­pact and light, with plas­tic mount­ing plates, and they both fea­ture op­ti­cal sta­bilis­ers. They make good travel lenses, and we pre­fer them to the com­pa­nies’ older wide-an­gle zooms.

Even so, the sim­i­larly priced Sigma 10-20mm has bet­ter build qual­ity and over­all per­for­mance, if you can live with­out op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion. The Sony 10-18mm comes up a bit short in over­all zoom range but of­fers good fea­tures and per­for­mance – but it’s more than twice the price of the Sigma 10-20mm, although the Sigma is only avail­able for Sony A rather than E.

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