Fuji is announcing the availability of the planned XF10-24mm F/4R OIS. This ultra-wide-angle lens offers a constant aperture zoom equivalent to 15 to 36mm on a full-frame which gives a strong sense of perspective for architecture and landscape photography.
The XF10-24mm F/4R is built to high standards for both image-quality and construction. Its optics feature 4 aspherical lenses and 3 extra-low-dispersion elements to maximize sharpness. Fuji’s own Electron Beam Coating (HT-EBC) adds to flare resistance and ghosting. The lens barrel, aperture and focus rings are all made of metal with tight tolerances.
The internal focus mechanism lets the XF10-24mm F/4R OIS focus quickly down to a minimum working distance of 24cm. This lens is also equipped with an optical image-stabilization system, something which is rare among ultra-wide angle lenses. Also not so common is the inclusion of a filter-thread, this one being 72mm in diameter.
Despite a constant maximum aperture, this lens has a auto aperture-switch and an unmarked aperture-ring. It also accepts a bayonet lens hood to block stray light from entering the lens.
The Fuji XF10-24mm F/4R OIS is scheduled to ship in March 2014 for a suggested retail price of $999 USD or CDN.