John Crawley: Oh, we'll let you drill your oil wells there, just don;t take any pictures. What a bunch of BSers.
Not hardly, the Government has taken possession of 63% of UTAH, the 63% that has oil and gas under it...suspicious if you ask me.
So what the HE!! does the government care, if someone is photographing PUBLIC lands and making money from it!
The B+W XS Pro filters have this, and it is amazing how little I need to clean them. And even when I do need to clean them, they clean lightning fast with little effort. Glad to see Sigma offer some as well. (it might bring the price point of these down just a little)
Leo "Zoom": The king of the most boring bokeh...
Depends, I use a Hasselblad for most portrait photography because the bokeh is generally smoother and less distracting. This is a lens I will probably buy if it allows me to use my FUJI for even 50% of my portrait work.I suspect I am exactly the kind of photographer that FUJI is marketing this lens to.
Just a Photographer: People that have bought the 'old' 56mm will be pretty angry.It has only been on the market for less then 6 month and now they have thrown away a 1000 euro's.
Would you feel better if they made it a 57mm lens?
Raist3d: I am kinda dissapointed Fuji has expanded their lens line this way. I would have expected the original F1.2 lens to have more than good enough bokeh.
Given that it is an Aspherical lens design, it has about as good a Bokeh as can be done with a conventional lens. This lens just adds a filter to improve upon that. It is a trade off, sharper images with slightly more nervous bokeh when shot wide or nearly wide open. Leica has made the same trade with several of its lenses and very few people are complaining. But this filter will add a smoother transition at the cost of AF speed.
Seems like a smart choice for FUJI to make. Make both lenses available and let the customer choose which one suits their shooting needs.
I have a manual focus FD Canon 50mm 1.2 and the current FUJI 56mm 1.2. NO QUESTION the FUJI is sharper, but the CANON has a GORGEOUS bokeh. The CANON is also manual focus only of course and wide open it is SIGNIFICANTLY softer. Almost unusable at 1.2. This new version of the FUJI 56mm should allow me to finally give up the FD CANON lens for portraiture work.
I think that this lens was an easy make. The optical design already exists with the 56mm, it was just a matter of adding the filter. Also this in no way makes the previous version obsolete. A: the price point is VERY different, and B: the autofocus of the original is one of the fastest of any Fuji lenses, this version will be slowed significantly with the loss of Phase Detection AF. It is a matter of use.
Why shouldn't Fuji offer this kind of lens to pros or amateurs who will pay the price?
Seems to me that if a person was looking to purchase a new camera in the x10's price range for the first time, that person would be discouraged that the camera was designed in 2011. Obviously Fuji has no choice but to release a new camera every 1-2 years in this price range if they are to stay competitive with Sony, Canon, Panasonic, etc.
Still no Fujifilm compatibility? Oh well I am getting reacquainted with manual, and non TTL auto again.
Did the monkey turn the camera on?
Debankur Mukherjee: Prime lens with a zoom range of 28-45 !!
I wonder if they meant fixed focal length.
All they need do is add a few Leaf Shutter lenses to the lineup and I would switch from Hasselblad in a New York minute!
iudex: It surely is a nice thing from Fuji to support older cameras. However I am wondering what is the point of compact camera then. If I want to have the possibility to change lenses, I will buy a CSC (one of five available Fuji X-mount cameras). Those people raptured by X100 used to say fixed focal length compact is about creativity, unlike being able to zoom or choose whichever focal length. With adapters the X100 becomes another "CSC", just a crippled one.
Seems to me that the draw for many photographers is the high syncing flash that this camera offers. Maybe they are the ones that would like more options?
I wonder how much video was wasted of the camera sitting camera down, or into someones armpit?
slncezgsi: If this lens delivers decent IQ than it will be a dream for many pro photographers. Makes me wonder how long it will take for Canon and Nikon to follow.
True is - it is much harder to make a zoom lens with f/1.8 than f/2.8 with the same optical quality. Let's see what this lens can do and for how much.
Since it is an APS-C I hope that adding the extra stop of light will be slightly easier. In theory it should produce out of focus blur similar to a "normal" zoom from Canon or Nikon but on a smaller sensor. This lens could be the magic that many users of these smaller sensors are hoping for.
This camera system is a niche system to begin with. Why not expand into a lens category and make it available to those who want to use such a lens. After all the system is interchangeable, it's not like you have to but this lens. If it is too big and bulk for your taste...don't buy it! Stick with the primes.
As for me, if it works well enough, then I am who they are marketing it too, and I can finally say good by to the Nikon.
Jorginho: And to me here is the dilemma which I think will come with all APS-c mirrorless camera's and zooms: this is getting really big. It is heavier than my 100-300 mm zoom for my m43 cam and it is about the same size. It is only slightly faster. The Fuji most likely is an excellent lens and the XE1 as a cam is a step up in IQ over any m43 cam out there.
Personally, I think like this: that lens is forever, that body is exchangable. And m43 sensors will get there soon enough. Also, the Sony sensor in it still has very good IQ, better than any Canon APS-c for example. So I go for the clear size and weight advantage.
Very good to sdee Fuji delivering constantly with their lenses for APS-c. As I said: I have little doubt this one will be very very good and for those who prefer APS-c mirrorless, Fuji seems to be the system you want to get.
First XF lens that can be called good??? Why don't you give us some examples of what you call good as a comparison. Seems to me you might not have actually ever used one of these.
It seems to me that this is a "niche" lens. There are times that I wish I had a long telephoto in the bag. But the idea of carrying my D700 around for just that occasion is a much worse option than just grabbing one of these. I just hope that the focus is fast enough to be used the way a lens like this will require.
I say if you want and need a lens like this then get it, if you don't well then stick to the awesome primes available.
As for the guy who stated that maybe this will be the first XF lens that can be called good...you must not have ever used one, and probably drool from far off!
cinemascope: Focus-by-wire is a big let down for me...Why go "cheap" on this when it's supposed to be a premium product?
What are your thoughts on this, usability wise?
I think I'd much rather spend the same dough on a Ricoh A12M (which is also AA filterless) and Cosina lenses...
I agree focus by wire is a joke. But as for me I have several Leica Lenses that I plan to use with this...so the focus by wire is almost a non issue. The question is how will focusing with an off brand lens work. Mine should be here in about 2 days...I guess I'll see.
pictures look at least as good as my 5D mark ii. Very nice color rendition.