They say...if you want to make someone truly happy find out what their heart desires above all else and give it to them. If you asked anyone else it would be a hard proposition, but I'm easy.
Give me wide open landscapes with rolling hills and majestic mountains in the distance..or relentless waves crashing into shore on a stormy day and I'm in heaven. If you make sure that there won't be another soul in sight for miles, then you have hit gold.
At those moments I'll want a wide angle lens. I've never really seen myself as a landscape photographer but I do shoot a lot of it in my "off" hours from the daily grind....it's my escape.
Most days I'm a two lens man.
24-70 and 70-200mm lenses and I'm off to get some work done. There are however a few key lenses that I keep close by just in case: A 50mm and wide angle zoom, because you never know when I might need an "in-between" or an "out-between".
I've reviewed the XF10-24mm before...about 3 years ago. At the time I had pretty good things to say about it but sometimes the more you use a tool there will be things that leech out where you missed them before. In this case it really only amounted to one specific item..when shooting in bright direct sunlight or with light sources anywhere in the corners of the frame, use the lens hood. Otherwise pretty much everything stands. The focusing speed and accuracy are the best features. The image quality is spot on, sharp and contrasty.
During the intervening years from my first review Fujifilm has updated the lens' firmware to make the Optical Image Stabilization even better than it was before. Personally I haven't noticed much of a difference...which is to say that I found it adequate from the start but your mileage may vary.
When I switched to mirrorless cameras systems I thought it was pretty much the end of daily tripod usage. The OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) in this lens has rarely let me down. I still need a tripod for long exposures, macro and the odd night photography but by and large it's very trustworthy handheld, assuming a static subject though. I wasn't sure that the maximum F4 aperture might be an issue but I haven't found it so in practical application. The OIS is that good.
The build is solid. For photographers coming from the DSLR section, it's a chunk and will remind you of the Canon EF 16-35mm F2.8 L equivalent the moment you hold it. It has more in common with the version II of that lens though, being a newer design and benefiting from more advanced image processing engine from Fuji which does a fair bit of correction in camera to eliminate some of their lenses bad behaviour. That saves you time in post processing.
So...those wide open spaces
And the sometimes "not quite" wide open spaces...
And work...it's the approximate equivalent of my old Canon EF16-35mm F2.8 lens. Aside from the occasional real estate assignment this focal range is excellent for environmental shots. Fujifilm has a number of wide angle prime lenses in the lineup but I prefer the flexibility of the zoom.
The lens has held up very well under constant use. By constant I mean at least three times per week or work & travel. I've lost the hood, probably overlooked in some hotel room...in who knows where. It's been to at least five countries.
It bears the usual signs of love...a few scars, scuffs and loads of fingerprints but the glass is kept pristine.
I can attest that the focus and zoom rings have remained buttery smooth and there are no squeaks or rattles. I'm impressed because this was Fujifilm's first crack at a mirrorless wide angle zoom lens and they got it right from version I. I'm a prime lens fan but the flexibility of this zoom is far more valuable to me. I've gotten countless emails from the first review from those who think the F4 max aperture is a fault. I say no way...the OIS more than equalizes the playing field so long as your subject matter isn't moving in low light situations.
Still in my bag for the long haul.