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Fujifilm Fujinon XC 15-45 mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ

14 January 2019
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary


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Pros

  • sensational image quality in the frame centre at 15 mm focal length,
  • good image quality in the frame centre at 28 mm,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the frame in the 15–28 mm range,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • moderate lateral chromatic aberration,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • silent and quick autofocus.

Cons:

  • weak image quality at 45 mm,
  • very high distortion level for RAW files,
  • poor performance against bright light,
  • very high vignetting for RAW files at 15 mm,
  • unpleasant appearance of out-of-focus areas.
The official price of the Fujinon XC 15–45 mm f/3.5–5.6 OIS PZ reaches $300 and it is a good question whether or not you should pay so much for this lens. Still you have to be aware of the fact that when you buy this lens as a part of a kit with a camera it costs you far less - just about $100 compared to the price of the body alone. We think the tested Fujinon is definitely worth such an amount of money if only for its performance in the 15-28 mm range. What’s more, an angle of view of 87 degrees is definitely a unique feature in a kit lens and something worth your attention.