Fujinon X-mount lens roadmap

The new Fujinon XF55-200mm, and a revised X-mount lens roadmap

May 10 , 2013 by: Daniela Bowker Equipment, News

In June last year Fujifilm announced its ‘lens roadmap’ for its X-series cameras. For people who loved the look of the X-series, this was very welcome news: with only three lenses available at launch, the X-series felt a little limited. Sure the lenses were a little way off, but they were coming. Until earlier this year, when the brakes seem to have been applied to the roadmap. There would be more lenses, but not at the rate that had been anticipated.

Today, however, Fuji has announced the XF55-200mm, a lens included on the original roadmap, released roughly when it had been anticipated, as well as a revised roadmap.

To give it its full title, with all the numbers and letters, the new lens is the FUJINON XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. So it’s a 55-200mm (84-305mm in 35mm equivalent) lens with a maximum aperture range of ƒ/3.5 to ƒ/4.8 and image stabilisation, suitable for Fujifilm’s X-Pro1 and X-E1. The OIS is supposed to be capable of providing an extra 4.5 stops of shutter speed and the high-speed autofocusing motors are suitably silent for video recording.

It should be available next month at a price of £599, subject to change.

As for that revised lens roadmap; the 56mm ƒ/1.4 that was due around now is now looking to be a 56mm ƒ/1.2, out in 2014, the 27mm ƒ/2.8 pancake lens has been pushed back to the third quarter of this year, and the 23mm ƒ/1.4 and the 10-24mm ƒ/4.0 are more likely to appear in the fourth quarter of 2013. Of course, all of this is subject to change but the lenses are still slated to make their entries.

About Daniela

This post was written by Daniela Bowker, who has written 1382 articles for Photocritic

Daniela has written three books on photography, contributed to several others, and acted as the editorial consultant on many more.

Her newest book, Social Photography, is currently available as a digital download as well as in bookshops in the UK and US.

You might also want to check out her exploration of other-worldly photographic creations, Surreal Photography: Creating the Impossible, and Photo School Fundamentals, for which she contributed the section on composition.

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