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.