Am I the only one wanting an XF 24-200 WR lens?

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Lettermanian Senior Member • Posts: 1,898
Re: Am I the only one wanting an XF 24-200 WR lens?

Yannis1976 wrote:

I know it’s possible to design and build such a lens with good overall sharpness when I see Nikon and Olympus having already done it for FF and m43. Why not Fuji?

Last fall I moved from several years with Fuji to Nikon Z, precisely because of the 24-200 announcement and because of the affordability of the Z5. Fast-forward almost a year later and I am back with Fuji after selling off my Nikon gear. I am planning on writing a more detailed post of my experience at some point, but suffice it to say, the 24-200 was an excellent zoom. Great range, good sharpness, compact... really it is probably the best all-in-one lens on the market (although I've read the Oly 12-100 is also very good, but ff vs m43 and all that 😑).

I had an X-T4 with 16-80 very briefly and took some comparison shots with the 24-200 (not a serious test, just quick shots in my back yard),  and for sharpness across the frame the clear winner was the Nikon at 24 and 120. Both had very good close-focus performance too. I was surprised though at the amount of ooc CA in the Nikon even with in-camera corrections on (a known property of the 24-200 in certain lighting).  The Fuji 16-80 had less CA ooc, but to my eyes was noticeably less sharp in the corners, as per its reputation.

I would indeed want a similar quality all-in-one zoom by Fuji, but I doubt we'll ever see it, unless they make a mark ii version of the 18-135. I don't want to re-hash the 16-80 woes, but in my mind that lens was a miss. It could have been great, and I know for a fact it could have been improved (a local photographer was testing it in 2018 and sent his criticisms back to Fuji, but I guess they didn't address them). I'm back now with Fuji: my X-H1 2.0, 16-55 2.0, Zeiss 12mm (Jerry-Astro's influence) and 70-300 (now that's a great lens!). My ff affair is done, though if I could afford two systems I wouldn't hesitate to go back to Nikon Z. 🙂

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