There is a school of thought, I think incorrectly suggests that landscape photography needs to be a wide as possible. Although I disagree with this school of thought I’m aware there are times that an ultra wide field of view is essential to capture a scene.
Sometimes the need to go ultra wide is down to an inability to get the correct distance from the subject other times it is about capturing the vastness of a scene.
I’ve been using the Fujinon 10-24mm as the only lens locked to the Fujifilm X-T1. You can see just how wide you can go with this photograph of Poison Glen in Donegal. You can just spot the church in the left hand side of the frame and this was shot at 19mm!!
The lens is stabilised which is incredible in low light situations and also for everyday handheld shooting. On my previous visit to Dunlewey I shot the church with the X-E1, 14mm lens and X100s, although wide in itself the extra wide scope offered by the Fujinon 10-24 offered a little more freedom.
It was great to be able to go from capturing wide vistas to candid family shots at the 23mm focal length. The zoom actually made documenting a day out a fair bit easier. Instead of having to zoom with my feet I was able to capture family groups at my favourite 23mm focal length as they were happening.
The 10-24 is an incredibly versatile lens. I was still able to pick up some mid focal range images of Bad Eddie, it was amazing to turn the barrel and see just how wide I could shoot from the starting point of a close up.
Shooting with any ultra wide lens takes a bit of thought and care. At 10mm being to close to a focus point in a scene will create a bit of distortion in verticals of the further away buildings. You can see this in the image of Titanic Belfast.
This can obviously be corrected in post production but actually a bit of thought when composing the photograph would have made life easier. I tend to stick to 23mm when close but the distortion can actually be used creatively in a range of settings.
I’ve preordered my Lee Filter ring adaptor for this lens as I suspect some ultra wide long exposure photography could be lots of fun around the coastlines. Just note that you will see vignetting below 13mm with the Seven5 system. The advantage of the 10-24mm over 14mm is that you don’t have to zoom with your feet. I was able to frame this image with the lens from a very narrow walk way this little scope of going any further forward or (safely) any further back.
I do think this could have made for a nice long exposure image so I suspect I will be out with my ND filters and the 10-24mm as soon as the ring lands.
Here is the un-cropped version of the Harland and Wolff Blackford Dolphin image.
Overall I think the Fujinon 10-24 offers a brilliant lens for photographers who want to go wide and even extra wide. The constant aperture of f/4 coupled with the brilliant image stabilisation makes for a pretty perfect landscape lens for all occasions. You can see my growing number of the 10-24 photos over on flickr here.