Decisions, Decisions: 10-24mm zoom or 14mm prime

Started Feb 20, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: Decisions, Decisions: 10-24mm zoom or 14mm prime
In reply to stulevine, Feb 20, 2014

The 14mm is an extremely good lens.

Have a look at this shot:

Click on original and look at the very top left corner. You see significant star elongation only in the very corners. So the lens is not fully corrected for the image circle - they missed a bit. But that is unlikely to show in your images of landscapes.

OIS reduces image quality to some degree. So OIS on a 10-24 is less desirable. Shake is far less of an issue at wide focal lengths so OIS would be far less important. IQ is eveything though at wide angles.

The 14mm is one of Fuji's sharpest lenses.

Also perspective distortion will be much greater with the 10-24 at wider like those carpark photos posted a few weeks ago. So with the 10-24 you are going to be limited at the wider end to shoot horizontal or face the ugly consequences.

But also look at those wonderful Bruce Devlin Nevada landscape shots posted in his XT1 review. They are stunning.

I have 18-55 so 14 fits nicely. F2.8 is important for my use. 10-24 may still hold an attraction once more sample images are out. But as mentioned a super wide pushes landscape details back and can make for an uninteresting image.


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