The fab Fuji rules the roost
The Fujinon XF10-24mm f/4 R OIS is an optical treat
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.