Update 4/26/17: After much research and thought, I decided on the XF 10-24mm f/4, which is item number 4 below. I opted for the lens with the widest possible angle — 10mm. IQ, based on most reports, is excellent. After initial testing, I agree. I was concerned about the aperture ring, which some have complained is too loose. After receiving this lens and testing it out (see “First Shoot with XF 10-24mm f/4 on X-T2“), I found this is not a problem for me. I use autofocus, so complaints about the loose focus ring don’t matter. I find this ring to be fine, too, and not loose. I was also concerned about the f/4 aperture and the limits it might impose on low-light shooting. However, as some have said, the IS is excellent and allows for handheld shooting at slow shutter speeds. I’ve shot at 1/30 second with no problem.
1. Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R Wide-Angle Lens for Most Fujifilm X-Trans-Sensor-Equipped Digital Cameras – Black $899.99 Best Buy [walkabout lens]
“Best Lenses for Fujifilm X-T1,” Camera Times, 5/1/15: “Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses for Fujifilm X-T1. Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R: Ideal Lens for Everyday Photography. High Speed Autofocus. It is ideal for a wide range of applications including portraits and landscapes, as well as everyday photography. The fast maximum aperture of F/1.4 allows users to shoot hand-held in low light conditions and achieve sharp images, while also delivering beautiful bokeh for artistic images.”
2. Fuji XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR
Focal Length: 16mm (24mm equivalent)
Dimensions: 2.87 x 2.87 x 2.87 inches
Weight: 0.83 pounds
3. Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8-22 R Ultra Wide-Angle ($899 BHP)
Fujinon 14mm lens
Weight: 8.3 oz.
35mm equivalent: 21mm
David Wilkinson, “Best Lenses for Fujifilm X-T2: From wide angle and portrait to telephoto, we pick the top lens options for Fujifilm’s new X-T2 mirrorless camera,” Switch Back Travel, 9/5/16: “What we like: One step faster than the 10-24mm. What we don’t: Pricey for a prime.”
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4. Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS ($999 BHP)
Fujinon 10-24mm f4-f22 lens
Weight: 14.5 oz.
35mm equivalent: 15-36mm
David Wilkinson, “Best Lenses for Fujifilm X-T2: From wide angle and portrait to telephoto, we pick the top lens options for Fujifilm’s new X-T2 mirrorless camera,” Switch Back Travel, 9/5/16: “What we like: Super sharp and fast autofocus. What we don’t: No weather sealing.”
“The Best Fuji X-T2 Lenses – For landscapes, portraits, street, sports, macro, and more,” Mirrorless Curation, 7/20/16: “Sharpness at f/2.8 is good. It becomes razor sharp once you stop down to f/4 and is usable up to f/11…. The only flaws are the two rings: the aperture ring moves too freely, causing you to accidentally change the aperture. The “fly-by-wire” focus ring is a bit noisy and lacks some precision. The performance is also good for astro-photography and the distance scale is accurate.”
“Top 5 Must Have Fujifilm X Lenses,” SLRlounge, 4/12/16: “Currently Fuji’s widest lens, the XF 10-24mm is a different beast. Offering an equivalent 16-35mm, it rivals the XF 56mm in terms of sharpness and color rendering.”