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Fujifilm confirms XF14mm F2.8 and XF18-55mm F2.8-4 with X-mount roadmap

By dpreview staff on Jun 26, 2012 at 02:00 GMT

Fujifilm has announced an XF14mm F2.8 and XF18-55mm F2.8-4 zoom lens for its X-Pro1 camera. It has also published a roadmap for the system, detailing an additional five lenses that will follow by the middle of 2013. The XF14mm F2.8 offers a 21mm equivalent field of view, while the 18-55mm offers a 27-84mm semi-fast standard zoom. Prices and availability have not yet been announced for these lenses that will arrive towards the end of 2012. Other forthcoming lenses include an 84mm equivalent F1.4 portrait lens and walkaround options of a 35mm equiv. F1.4 or a 41mm equiv. F2.8, with zooms to follow in mid 2013.


Press Release:

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES ROADMAP FOR NEW XF LENSES FOR THE X-PRO1 INTERCHANGEABLE LENS DIGITAL CAMERA SYSTEM

Valhalla, N.Y., June 25, 2012 (EMBARGO UNTIL 10:00 PM ET) – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced plans to offer an expanded selection of FUJINON XF lenses for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera System that will offer a wide range of new shooting opportunities for professional and advanced photographers. From super wide single length focus to telephoto lenses, users will now be able to freely choose which XF lenses match their shooting style, and allow them to experience the extraordinary image quality of the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 in a variety of new ways.

Fall 2012
Beginning in the fall of 2012, Fujifilm will introduce two new bright and fast aperture prime FUJINON XF lenses: the XF14mm (21mm) F2.8 single focal length lens and the XF18mm-55mm (27-84mm) F2.8-F4 lens.

Each of the new XF lenses are designed to deliver sharp, clear images of unmatched quality with precise aperture control, and beautiful bokeh effects thanks to the design of the molded aperture diaphragm blades. The blades are curved to create a circular image at all aperture settings, while the very edges of each blade are meticulously rounded off rather than cut off, to deliver more pleasing images.

Early 2013
Then in early 2013, Fujifilm will also deliver three more high performance single focal length lenses that include the XF56mm (84mm) F1.4 lens, the pancake XF27mm (41mm) F2.8 lens and the XF23mm (35mm) F1.4 lens.

Middle 2013
Then in middle 2013, Fujifilm will launch a telephoto XF55mm-200mm (83-300mm) F3.5-F4.8 lens and the super wide zoom XF10mm-24mm (15-36mm) F4 lens, both with optical image stabilization.

“The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 is an amazing professional grade camera that delivers outstanding image quality, and we are very excited to announce our plans for an expanded line of new XF lenses that will bring even more functionally to the X-Pro1 system,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Imaging and Electronic Imaging Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “These new premium FUJIFILM XF lenses are designed to deliver stunning image results, and they also fit seamlessly with the build and beauty of the FUJIFILM X-Pro1.”

The award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera features a custom-developed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM that incorporates a newly developed filter array and Fujifilm’s proprietary EXR Processor technology. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 delivers superlative image quality that rivals currently available mid and high-end DSLR models. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 also features the unmatched 2nd Generation Hybrid Multi Viewfinder, a gorgeous magnesium alloy chassis, and an improved user interface for easy and intuitive operation.

To see amazing images taken with FUJIFILM X-Series cameras, please visit: http://fujifilm-x.com/photographers/en/index.html.

Comments

Total comments: 146
km25
By km25 (Aug 11, 2012)

Come on guys. X-Pro2. Not for year or more. Be sides auto focus speeds and manual focus issues, not not like it cannot do either. IQ is up there. With no AA it looks like 20 something. Fuji has a nice camera. The lens outfit they coming out with will make a whole system. With this type of camera, size and wt.. They are not going to full frame. This is not a high speed camera system like a Nikon D4. I will bet that a "2" would have better focusing and may go has high as 20meg. Even if so the X-pro wouldd make a great second camera. I think it would be like Canon's 5d II vs III. Better, but not night and day. Sorry to the nay sayers. Fuji has created it's own new catigory of camera, it it works great! I want that IS zoom. After buying Leica 2k is peanuts.

0 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Jun 29, 2012)

Finally, someone making zooms with half-decent aperture. Shame on the peddlers of f/6.3 zooms!

2 upvotes
Imagefoundry
By Imagefoundry (Jun 27, 2012)

$5 on X-Pro2 announcement in Jan 2013. Otherwise this roadmap doesn't make much sense.

0 upvotes
T3
By T3 (Jun 27, 2012)

A new camera just a year after the first one was introduced? Sounds rather unlikely for such a low volume camera system. Lower volume products generally have longer life cycles. High volume products, like Canon Rebels, get shorter life cycles because they sell so many, so quickly, that development costs are quickly recouped. But even Rebels typically have 18 month life cycles!

0 upvotes
Imagefoundry
By Imagefoundry (Jun 27, 2012)

exactly what I am wondering about - that's a lot of upfront cash in lens development for only one body. Now that they skimmed the market with x-pro1 it's time to follow up with a simpler model

0 upvotes
MuMinded
By MuMinded (Sep 11, 2012)

You guys are looking pretty smart right now.. your musing 3 months ago are now coming to pass! Now, go get yourselves a cookie, you deserve it for good sooth saying.. :-)

0 upvotes
Essai
By Essai (Jun 27, 2012)

overpriced camera, overpriced lens, below average IQ.

How come they are still in business ?

3 upvotes
Felts
By Felts (Jun 27, 2012)

Troll... Fact...

5 upvotes
troutisme
By troutisme (Aug 25, 2012)

sell me yours then

0 upvotes
FTW
By FTW (Jun 27, 2012)

The X1 Pro is like a Ferrari Motor in an Ford T2 body. But, in opposite to Sony, they put at least lenses on the market. I would like to see such a lens-roadmap for the NEX.

0 upvotes
soleda
By soleda (Jun 27, 2012)

Fujifilm its awesome

2 upvotes
motobloat
By motobloat (Jun 27, 2012)

Canon, Nikon, and Sony should listen up!

This is how to do crop sensor / APS-C lenses the RIGHT way!

Way to go Fujifilm!

2 upvotes
nico-foto
By nico-foto (Jun 28, 2012)

+1 couldn't agree more. If only the firmware wasn't that bad and the af was up to 2012 standards they would have a killer product. And this comes from an x100 owner, so i know what im talking about. I would sell all my canon and m43 gear in a nanosecond if fuji got their act straight with regards to body performance. I cant stand waiting for 2 seconds for the camera to turn on, i cant stand hacing to switch to macro for the camera to af anything closer to say, 1 meter, i cant stand stupid camera lock ups. But oh boy, the files coming out of it are plain beautiful. They are so close to a home run!

3 upvotes
reedjecd
By reedjecd (Jun 27, 2012)

a wonderfull sensor in a poorly designed camera.lens chatter, hoods cannot be reverse mounted on 18mm and 35mm lenses, ridiculous autofocus speed, no firm click of aperture stops,focus ring turn non stop either way, no distance markings on the lens.i'm so sorry I bought the kit. I just hope that sensor will climb his way into a new Hassy.

2 upvotes
hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (Jun 27, 2012)

hmm... have you sold yours? chatter - fixed with first FW update, AF speed - not a big issue unless you shoot sports, focus ring - well, it's fly-by-wire - expected, no distance marking on the lens - you've got all this in the OVF/EVF/LCD

5 upvotes
reedjecd
By reedjecd (Jun 27, 2012)

dont tell me about fly by wire I am an aircraft mechanic retired. would you rather be in a plane with levers poulies and rods connectors, or one with electrical impulses on servo motors. that Xpro 1 body is a fraud, made to look like what it is not.It will be 4 sale after the photokina or traded in before.
thanks for your comments anyway.Any Hasselblad H or Mamiya Phase focus faster than the Xpro, Strange, wouldn't you say ?

1 upvote
Higuel
By Higuel (Jun 27, 2012)

so sad when ppl prefer to be blind! do you have REAL distance markings in ANY new zoom from canon, nikon etc etc? DID U COMPLAIN???
And when was the last time you flew in a dakota??? remember yourself NEVER to fly in this century!!!!

PD: Just do like me: buy old, cheap, MANUAL lenses, and USE THEM IN YOUR CAMERA!!! :D

0 upvotes
reedjecd
By reedjecd (Jun 27, 2012)

actually the last time in a dakota or an MD315 was in 1965. Since then I avoid flying, I dont use zooms, I use Zeiss, zm with definite distance markings and fantastic aperture 1/3 notches. And on my M8/M9 I could prefocus and shoot.My falling eyesight drove me to go autofocus, my biggest mistake was to buy the Xpro 1 on paper.I trusted Fuji to come up with the goods, they failed. I cannot even use that dog of a camera to catch my grand children comics. What a let down.sure the sensor is good, but a good sensor on a fuzzy shot is not.

0 upvotes
sgoldswo
By sgoldswo (Jun 28, 2012)

But did you upgrade the firmware or not? The issues you refer to have been fixed. Don't be so fickle...

1 upvote
abellia11214
By abellia11214 (Jun 28, 2012)

You can do alot with an M8/M9 so long as you don't push the ISO. A $7000 camera that doesn't shoot well above ISO800. When comparing images, the X-Pro1 hammers the M9 at any point above ISO800. Below ISO800, all you lose is some punch in color from the X-Pro1 when compared to M9. I hope you are as critial about Leica as you are about Fuji.

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HENNIGArts
By HENNIGArts (Jun 27, 2012)

This list of lenses look really promising. All the lenses one needs for street-photography or travel are included. Only some high-speed teles are missing, but wildlife or sports is not the main usage of the Fujifilm X-Pro1 anyway.

Other camera systems exist twice the time of this roadmap and still have comparable lenses missing.

2 upvotes
peevee1
By peevee1 (Jun 29, 2012)

Don't forget, all these lenses are still missing too. ;)

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jun 26, 2012)

Theses lenses sound incredible. I've more or less given up on Nikon making better DX lenses, they see it as just a consumer range. If only Fuji could get their AF together in a new body, I'd be very interested.

2 upvotes
Higuel
By Higuel (Jun 27, 2012)

You complain about Nikon? Have a look at the brand i use: Canon!!!

All that crap about pleasing the costumers from ANY of them, the reality is they only want to please their bank accounts!!! :(

EVERY time some true competion happears it makes me so happy!
(long life micro4/3!!!)

2 upvotes
motobloat
By motobloat (Jun 27, 2012)

At least Canon has image stabilization on their APS-C 17-55 f/2.8.

Nikon hasn't released a new "pro" DX lens (gold ring) since 2003!!!

1 upvote
Kabe Luna
By Kabe Luna (Jun 26, 2012)

Fuji gets it, it seems: lenses are key to luring photographers into a system. Sony, on the other hand... body after body after body with no interesting or truly well differentiated lenses with which to express oneself. Heck, with their laissez-faire attitude towards lenses, I'm surprised they haven't yet tried to turn their ever-higher pixel densities into a case for a single-lens + digital crop/zoom solution.

2 upvotes
Thoughts
By Thoughts (Jun 26, 2012)

It would be nice if Sony makes NEX bodies and Fuji does the lens. It would be a winner... dream on i know

2 upvotes
TEBnewyork
By TEBnewyork (Jun 26, 2012)

I sold the NEX for the Fuji. The controls of the Fuji are much better laid out.

The better answer is actually m4/3 EVF refresh rates and AF (note - Fuji AF can be better but it hasn't stopped me from really enjoying the camera).

3 upvotes
HopeSpringsEternal
By HopeSpringsEternal (Jun 26, 2012)

Meanwhile, SONY is in the corner sucking its thumbs and planning to release another revision of its NEX camera bodies! ha!

7 upvotes
armanius
By armanius (Jun 26, 2012)

Awesome!

0 upvotes
Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 26, 2012)

Is the 10-24 even going to be useable with the OVF? And, with the 55-200, it will overlay a tiny window to mark the 200mm focal length.

1 upvote
Asylum Photo
By Asylum Photo (Jun 26, 2012)

I assume the zoom lenses will be EVF only.

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jun 26, 2012)

The option could still be there for people who want it, and the EVF can be engaged if not.

0 upvotes
digitalDork
By digitalDork (Jun 27, 2012)

IMO having a zooming frame line in the OVF would provide an entirely new compositional experience - that is, that zooming is effectively cropping, whereas walking closer or further changes the perspective of objects to each other.

When I use a zoom on a dslr, this experience is diluted by it's magnify- and-shrink nature.

1 upvote
Richt2000
By Richt2000 (Jun 26, 2012)

Wow. I reckon if the X-Pro2 has autofocus speed of a m43 camera, and the roadmapped lenses are as good as the existing 35 and 60 lenses, it will be a killer travel system.

2 upvotes
Yohan Pamudji
By Yohan Pamudji (Jun 26, 2012)

AF speed is a big "if"--it has a long way to go to catch up. But if it does I'll be taking a 2nd look for sure, especially with the 23mm f/1.4 coming up.

2 upvotes
abolit
By abolit (Jun 26, 2012)

they should fix autofocus issues & watermarks smearing and make a good camera out of the current "BETA" version.
They're "road mapping lens".... "putting clean , white shirt on stinky & sweat body"...

4 upvotes
Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Jun 26, 2012)

Yes, get rid of horrible filter please :)

0 upvotes
Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Jun 26, 2012)

That "filter" is just result of bad RAW processing. RAW Processor for Apple can squeeze much more interesting results.

Tho cant do much with AF. Btw. AF isnt bad. It needs just small trick, dont AF before you take shot, simply AF and take a shot in same time, then it works pretty much fine.

Theres something wrong with half-pressed shutter AF, it works more like C-AF or something like that..

0 upvotes
Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (Jun 26, 2012)

There's nothing wrong with adding lenses to the system. I doubt that the lens team and the camera body team overlap too much. It looks like they're adding an excellent set of lenses, making the system very compelling, if they can iron out issues with the body. Right now they're the only mirrorless system with a compelling optical viewfinder — pretty good spot to be in. On the other hand their pricing means they will never compete in the sub $1000 space (just one lens costs more than an entry level DSLR).

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ELLIOT P STERN
By ELLIOT P STERN (Jun 26, 2012)

I think Fuji is going in the right direction on lenses. Now if Fuji and software companies can come up with a solution for the files then I might consider expanding the system beyond the first three lenses.

Great camera, great lenses, lousy processing.

1 upvote
pcblade
By pcblade (Jun 26, 2012)

Anyone knows if we could adapt Fujinon lenses on Nex ?
At the end, doesn't make big difference regarding the lack of autofocus.

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1 upvote
pcblade
By pcblade (Jun 26, 2012)

not possible : http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1042&message=40287828&changemode=1

0 upvotes
jeep
By jeep (Jun 26, 2012)

I wish Fuji would make some lenses for the NEX mount, that 14mm would be rather welcome and another revenue stream for Fuji

0 upvotes
ZAnton
By ZAnton (Jun 26, 2012)

It seems that Fuji are one of a few Photo manufacturers, who understand what lenses are good.
23 mm f/1.4 and 55 f/1.4 are good

8 upvotes
pcblade
By pcblade (Jun 26, 2012)

You're right !
Let Fuji understand how to implement focusing.

1 upvote
smileblog
By smileblog (Jun 26, 2012)

But also who doesn't know how to make a easy-to-use body.

no offense.

0 upvotes
hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (Jun 26, 2012)

@ smileblog - easy to use body - I mean, what else do you need???? you have shutter speed dial, you have exposure compensation dial, you have aperture ring on the lens and ISO via FN button - what else do you want/need you have everything related to photo capture under your fingers

2 upvotes
smileblog
By smileblog (Jun 26, 2012)

If you say so, Im fine.

1 upvote
ggsphoto
By ggsphoto (Jun 26, 2012)

pcblade - have you left your focussing in macro mode possibly - this is much slower than non macro mode.
Focussing on the pro1 is certainly not the fastest, but its still more than acceptable. Don't you find focussing accuracy, of which the pro1 is pin sharp is more important - in okay light the pro1 is fast enough. I saw earlier comments condemning the pro1, I just can't believe what I'm reading. I've been using hte pro1 for a few months now and its a phenomenal camera.

2 upvotes
troutisme
By troutisme (Aug 13, 2012)

this is how i see it also. i would like to be able to process the raw files I have but it will come together sooner or later

0 upvotes
Eric Glam
By Eric Glam (Jun 26, 2012)

18-55mm F2.8-4.0 should become the standard for all mirrorless kit lenses, instead of the common 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6.

15 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 26, 2012)

...and DLSRs´as well (amateur, that normally go with 18-55).

1 upvote
compositor20
By compositor20 (Jun 26, 2012)

And they would kill their golden chicken... would you buy a fast 24-70 2.8 equiv if you can get a 28-84 2.8-4 probably not... you would buy a 18-36 f4 instead if you want really wider...

2 upvotes
joejack951
By joejack951 (Jun 26, 2012)

Nikon appears to have something up their sleeve that's going to rain on a lot of camera maker's parades. The new 24-85mmf/3.5-f/4.5 VR they've introduced seems like the perfect FX kit lens, and at a price that will certainly make any APS-C equivalent lens a hard sell, assuming their new FX body is priced accordingly.

1 upvote
smileblog
By smileblog (Jun 26, 2012)

I guess that faster lens would be bigger than the common one and some mirrorless system, especially m4/3, doesn't want the system to be larger so far.

1 upvote
brudy
By brudy (Jun 26, 2012)

Hold the Canon 17-55/2.8 and tell me if you want to walk around with it all day on something like the Xpro. It's a great lens, but very large.

2 upvotes
ppastoris
By ppastoris (Jun 26, 2012)

@compositor20 :
28-84 f/4-5.6 equivalent NOT f/2.8-4. Pretty far from 24-70 f/2.8 in terms of aperture.

1 upvote
Daniel from Bavaria
By Daniel from Bavaria (Jun 26, 2012)

Hi,

dreams comes true. A 1.4 23, a 10-24, 2.8 14 .... That sounds too sweet.

I am so looking forward to get rid of some heavy FF Zeiss glasses.

BG
Daniel

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ogl
By ogl (Jun 26, 2012)

good lenses for rather slow and weak camera.
IQ and lenses = it's all what Fuji can offer.

2 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 26, 2012)

Perfect image quality and good lenses: pretty much what a camera can offer. ;-)

10 upvotes
straylightrun
By straylightrun (Jun 26, 2012)

I was unaware that the X-Pro1 is the only camera body that Fujifilm will sell. Ever. Thanks for clarifying that with me.

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Jun 26, 2012)

They said the X100 was slow but Fuji released a new firmware and now it's not.

0 upvotes
pcblade
By pcblade (Jun 26, 2012)

yes by Fuji standard.
By other's manufacturer, it's slow.

5 upvotes
junyo
By junyo (Jun 26, 2012)

Ogl, stick to cheerleading the K01 in the Pentax forum. There's nothing weak about the XPro in the hands of someone that knows how to use a real camera.

2 upvotes
AbeNader
By AbeNader (Jun 26, 2012)

Look the tests at photozone.de

Its not so good...

Also cyberphoto.se tried Leica lenses on X-Pro1 with poor results.

..only the Fuji 35mm and tele lenses works ok....

Please look for other tests and you find out that its the same poor results for wide lenses.

I was looking forward to invest in Fujis new system....but not anymore.

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Daniel Yee
By Daniel Yee (Jun 26, 2012)

yes the XF18 pales in IQ when you compare it with the 35 and 60, let's hope the XF14 will be much better

0 upvotes
dengx
By dengx (Jun 26, 2012)

It is still a fine lens, just comparing it to the extraordinary ones seems pale.

1 upvote
AbeNader
By AbeNader (Jun 26, 2012)

Link to cyberphoto test with images

http://www.cyberphoto.se/info.php?article=LMX1

The sensor is the weak link..

0 upvotes
dengx
By dengx (Jun 26, 2012)

Oh come on, in the real world XF18 is more than fine:
http://www.fujix-forum.com/index.php?/topic/5043-18mm-not-usable-for-landscape-work-according-to-pixel-peepers/

0 upvotes
Asylum Photo
By Asylum Photo (Jun 26, 2012)

The 18mm is "good", the 35mm and 60mm are "excellent". Considering the price, compactness and aperture, I think it's a good deal.

1 upvote
viking79
By viking79 (Jun 26, 2012)

Looking at the 14-24 mm f/2.8 Nikon on APS-C and the 18 mm f/2 on Fuji and they aren't that different. Considering people rave about the quality of the 14-24, I am not sure why people have issue with the 18 mm f/2..

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Uaru
By Uaru (Jun 26, 2012)

Still, I decided to skip 18mm. The weaker reviews helped me to decide so, but the decision is made mainly by research in my Lightroom database on how I shot and how I would like to shoot. I will wait for 14mm or buy Voigtlander 15 with adapter.

For sure I will buy 23mm (who will not?) and perhaps 56mm. I have no idea about zooms yet.

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troutisme
By troutisme (Aug 13, 2012)

i use the 18mm lens all the time. the camera is great and is the future of photography. sure there are problems and it does not work for everyone - so what - they all have some sort of problem we have to work around. i await adobe/fuji to get their crap together for lightroom and acr. then WE RIDE

0 upvotes
Alizarine
By Alizarine (Jun 26, 2012)

I like this roadmap. Wish Pentax can do a similar output per year to catch up with other systems!

0 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jun 26, 2012)

Pentax already have a nice selection of primes, but unfortunately they've snubbed the whole short flange distance thing and stuck a standard K mount on their "mirrorless" offering.

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JasperD
By JasperD (Jun 26, 2012)

Wish I´d seen that 56mm on the roadmap earlier!!! Could have passed on the 60 semi macro... :(
The 23 at F1.4 is a first day wish coming true though! :)
All in all, good show Fuji! Even hoping I´ll be able to sell the 60mm when time comes.

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Uaru
By Uaru (Jun 26, 2012)

You can still use it more then half a year;-) And think of all the photos you will take during that time.

I will probably buy both - 56 probably will not get such close ups, and 60 mm is 2.4 - it is not bad, but for DOF in APS-C sensor it would be nice to shoot 1.4 at times;-)

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Jun 26, 2012)

I'll wait for the super wide zoom.

0 upvotes
stanic042
By stanic042 (Jun 26, 2012)

tempting :)

0 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 26, 2012)

That’s a lot of fast primes. Good if the camera is smaller.

2 upvotes
Chaitanya S
By Chaitanya S (Jun 26, 2012)

compared to zoom lenses, fast primes makes sense for a mirrorless camera system.

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ginsbu
By ginsbu (Jun 26, 2012)

Good on Fuji. There isn't a single lens on the roadmap I wouldn't want to own. Others take note: this is how it's done!

11 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 26, 2012)

That´s what came to my mind first: others listen and repeat! Especially Sony should get inspired.

2 upvotes
Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Jun 26, 2012)

Yeah but you have to pay extra for this level of catering to enthusiasts / semi-pros, I agree they're doing the right thing but the price is too high for me personally unfortunately.

3 upvotes
iudex
By iudex (Jun 26, 2012)

Sony NEX-7 isn´t cheap either, but doesn´t offer so much good lenses like this Fuji newbie.

4 upvotes
AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (Jun 26, 2012)

It's the not so poor man's Leica. Even at these prices, not sure how large the market is for others to do something similar. Interesting they would announce this so far in advance.

1 upvote
motobloat
By motobloat (Jun 26, 2012)

They announced in advance so that people considering buying into a mirrorless system will know that there will be more than 3 lenses available.

2 upvotes
Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Jun 26, 2012)

Can't wait to place an order for that 14mm...but the lens that really interests me is the 10-24mm zoom. That 10-24 with the XPro1 would be a GREAT, lightweight landscape kit.

1 upvote
zlatko
By zlatko (Jun 26, 2012)

This is good news from Fuji. The 27/2.8 pancake and the 23/1.4 are especially interesting.

2 upvotes
Tee1up
By Tee1up (Jun 26, 2012)

Nice to see Fuji putting some muscle behind the XPro line.

1 upvote
ashwinrao1
By ashwinrao1 (Jun 26, 2012)

Though Fuji, if you are reading this, please make us a 135 mm f/2 equivalent...an 85 mm f/2 would give people a classic 35/85/135 lineup option as well....

2 upvotes
Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Jun 26, 2012)

90/2, not 85/2

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ppastoris
By ppastoris (Jun 26, 2012)

90/1.35, not 90/2 (that is f/1.35 is the equivalent of f/2 on 1.5x crop).

2 upvotes
IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jun 26, 2012)

No it isn't. f/2 is the equivalent of f/2, it captures the same amount of light per compared to the size of the sensor. If you want everything in full frame "equivalent" then just get full frame, real simple.

7 upvotes
Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Jun 26, 2012)

@IcyVeins
You are wrong. It captures 2.25 (or even 1.52²≈2.34) times less light than FF.
So, ppastoris is right :)

3 upvotes
ppastoris
By ppastoris (Jun 27, 2012)

Yep, Emacs23 is exactly right: at the same angle of view the amount of light capture is proportional to the square of the diameter of the lens -- ((focal length)/f-number)^2. Clearly 135mm f/2 lens has a diameter 135/2=67.5 mm, and 90mm f/2 lens -- only 90/2=45 mm. Therefore the 90mm lens equivalent at the same angle of view to 135mm f/2 will have to have the aperture of 90mm / 67.5mm ~=1.33.

@IcyVeins, what you are confused about is that the brightness of the image projected by lens onto the photosensor depends only on the aperture (f-number). However, the *total* amount of light (brightness*area) collected on the sensor will be smaller for smaller sensors by (crop factor)^2. Total light is more relavant to the image quality as image noise is directly proportional to it (*not* to the brightness).

To finish my point, the same math applies to the depth of field by equivalent lenses. Therefore with regards to final image, 90/1.35 is equivalent of 135/2, and 90/2 eqiuv. of 135/3.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Jun 26, 2012)

I'm going to give Fujifilm and m43 some serious considerations. Great lens line-up and fantastic cameras. Almost every manufacturer is capable of producing small sensors with impressive low-ISO dynamic range... all but Canon. Poor Canon...

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rjx
By rjx (Jun 26, 2012)

The way I see it is like this:

There are two types of cameras. Cameras that need a bag and cameras that can easily fit into a jacket / pants pocket. All these mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses still need bags to carry the camera and all the lenses. Yes, they're a little smaller and lighter, but they're still bulky. To me, the performance and image quality still lacks behind bigger DSLR's imo ... though the nex cameras have great IQ IMO.

Personally, I like what Canon did with the G1X.
Image thread - http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1151374

Great quality in a fairly small package that can fit in the jacket pocket. If I want the flexibility of an interchangeable lens camera, i'll reach for a DSLR. If I want small and light, i'll go for the Canon S100 or G1X.

Different strokes for different folks I guess.

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highwave
By highwave (Jun 26, 2012)

You're heavily underestimating how big the Canon G1X is and how small some m43 systems are.

I handeled the Canon G1X and it's a giant compared to the Canon S95.

Also for m43 you don't have to carry all your lenses with you. You can just choose one small lens out of a large variaty and just take that for the day. In most cases it's no less pocketable than the G1X.

I guess this is something Fujitsu understands too as they also introduce smaller lenses.

And it's not a small difference in weight between SLRs and m43 as you suggest nor is there a compromise in image quality now that models like the O-MD are here. Not unless you're talking about Full Frame cameras which are just huge.

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rjx
By rjx (Jun 26, 2012)

My comments regarding the S100 & G1X were not meant to mean they're the same size

S95 / S100 = When something very small is needed while maintaining some level of manual control & image quality

G1X = A small, light camera capable of great image quality

I understand what you're saying about the m43 cameras being pocketable "if" the user uses "only" 1 small lens. But what's the point of an interchangeable lens camera if the user only uses 1 small lens everywhere? One of the main selling points to these cameras is the small size, yet if you have more than 1 small lens, and want to bring them with you, you'll still need a bag to carry the lenses, memory cards, batteries, etc

I don't represent all photographers, but to me 1 of the joys of interchangeable lens cameras is the flexibility of having a variety of high quality glass at arms reach when needed. 1 lens only (for me) can be fun at times, but there is no way my photography could thrive if I only carried 1 lens with me all the time

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abortabort
By abortabort (Jun 26, 2012)

Or how about the Sony RX100? Pocketable like an S100, but quality closer to the G1X.

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iudex
By iudex (Jun 26, 2012)

@rjx: I share your opinion. I have a DSLR for more serious work and a very small Canon S100 to take everywhere. Anytlhing noticeably bigger than S100 won´t fit in my briefcase and if I have to take special bag for camera, then let it be really everything I need (lenses, flash, etc).

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iudex
By iudex (Jun 26, 2012)

@abortabort: yes, RX100 is the first camera that promises quality without (big) compromise in a pocketable way; something that the G1x didn´t really offer (considering the size).

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Spunjji
By Spunjji (Jun 26, 2012)

@rjx - surely the point of the interchangeable lens camera is the flexibility? With something like the Panasonic pancake 14-42 and one of the smaller bodies, you get something more pocketable than a G1X with equivalent image quality. Then, on days when you want more than that, you can bring the other lenses too. All of that and you don't need to buy another camera. :)

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Uaru
By Uaru (Jun 26, 2012)

True, the mirrorless are too big to be fully pocketable and need a bag.
But it is HUGE difference. X-Pro with three lenses is slightly over 1kg, while for D700+24-70 weight I could probably pack the whole Fuji roadmap;-)

It is different, when you are going for a definite shoot - you know, what you will be doing, and take everything according to plan. But wandering in different places, then additional 0.5kg lens (or more, if you want 200mm), for which you have probability of using equal 3% (but it could be THE PICTURE, right?), is really not convenient.

The official limit for airline hand luggage is usually about 6.5kg, I am glad they are not so restrictive and they never actually tested the weight of my camera bag;-)

That is why I think there is so much appeal in the possibility of having the whole system at 1/3 or 1/4 or less of the weight of the FF DSLR without compromising on the picture quality nor flexibility too much, even if a bag is still required.

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iudex
By iudex (Jun 27, 2012)

@uaru: I undestand your point. Right now I am solving the problem what camera should I take on holiday. A DSLR is pretty big and heavy (plane restrictions, comfort of travelling, appealing to thieves), on the other hand the pocketable compact (although high-end) is always a compromise in picture quality. For this purpose I would appreciate a smaller body and lenses, just like CSCs offer.

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ashwinrao1
By ashwinrao1 (Jun 26, 2012)

This is how you build a system...Great work...The zooms are icing on the cake, even though I'm not sure that they are for me....the 14 & 23 mm f/1.4 are must buys...not sure about the pancake, as it's not really a pancake system. That 56 mm might be a drop dead awsome portrait lens!

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Rooru S
By Rooru S (Jun 26, 2012)

That 55-200 F/3.5-4.8 looks more interesting and promising than the larger and slower E-mount 55-210 f/4.5-6.3..wondering about pricing though. If they release a sub 1000USD camera, they will give Sony a hard time just because of lens choice and difference in size (talking more about lenses)

Sony beter bring up something interesting..

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Emacs23
By Emacs23 (Jun 26, 2012)

Yes. It's time to ditch E-mount for mirrorless and maintain FF (preferably, I want to utilize my M-mount lenses) or even affordable MF. It looks like niche of m43-APS-C is hopeless.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 26, 2012)

@ Emacs23, E-mount is mirrorless. Are you saying that E-mount should be FF or MF as smaller size is dead?

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shutterdragon
By shutterdragon (Jun 26, 2012)

Nice lineup! I will be buying the 14mm and 23mm prime lenses for sure. I would also like to see two additional prime lenses - 10mm and 135mm (15mm and 200mm equiv). Now, that would complete my X-mount collection! The X system is my casual fun camera so I'm not considering zoom lenses. Nice job, Fujifilm!

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Jogger
By Jogger (Jun 26, 2012)

if they had a sub $1000 body, i would be all over this system

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mr moonlight
By mr moonlight (Jun 26, 2012)

They talked about releasing a cheaper body for their X-series lenses early on. I wouldn't be surprised if they came out with one in the next year or two.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jun 29, 2012)

"In a year or two" X-Pro1 will be cheap enough to be the cheaper body.

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Kodachrome200
By Kodachrome200 (Jun 26, 2012)

Ill prolly never have an x - series camera but i have to give fuji credit its a really shaping up to be a nice system

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tjxism
By tjxism (Jun 26, 2012)

I can't wait for the 14mm 2.8 (also dying for the 10-24mm). I always love wide angles and the 18mm is not wide enough to my taste. I am so close of buying a voitlager 15mm and now I will certainly wait for several more months. Yet I still wonder these wide glasses won't work with optical viewfinder...

Also I will probably thinking replace my 35mm with the pancake lens. I love light weight but the 35mm is really a gem...

Oh s*** I really hope fujifilm release fewer lenses...

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jun 26, 2012)

Not much reason to want the 18mm f/2 when you could have the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 at probably the same price. The current 18mm is the least good of the lenses.

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kenw
By kenw (Jun 26, 2012)

That's a good well thought out roadmap. If they really get those lenses out in that timeline and improve AF in the next FW or body then they may be the fastest manufacturer to produce a true system out of the starting gate yet. NEX has been ridiculously slow and still isn't there (still is more of an interchangeable body system than an interchangeable lens system). M43 has had a lot of time and two manufacturers to get where it is.

Anyway, best of luck to Fuji with this - it looks good on paper so far!

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CarlPH
By CarlPH (Jun 26, 2012)

Excellent choice of lenses there, I wonder if there is a Semi pro body in their line up..

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MattBrisVegas
By MattBrisVegas (Jun 26, 2012)

Agree!!!

Now with the 14mm f/2.8, if they come up with a body priced well below the XPro-1 I can see finally switching from my Nikon APS-C system.

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Archiver
By Archiver (Jun 26, 2012)

Depends on what you mean by semi-pro. The X-Pro 1 is touted as a professional level camera. Do you mean a lesser version? The issue I see is that none of the lenses are weatherproofed, which makes a future weatherproof body either unlikely or far in the future when the lens line up gets refreshed.

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CarlPH
By CarlPH (Jun 26, 2012)

Yes I was referring to a low spec version of the X-Pro 1. I'm pretty sure there is a market for that.

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Daniel Yee
By Daniel Yee (Jun 26, 2012)

21 f/2.8, 28 f/2.8, 35 f/1.4, 50 f/1.4, 85 f/1.4... this is seriously a sweet lens lineup.

Good to know that Fuji "upgraded" their lens roadmap for the 23mm from f/2 to f/1.4. A brighter 35mm for X-Pro1.

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headofdestiny
By headofdestiny (Jun 26, 2012)

It'll also much larger than the X100's lens.

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Dan_168
By Dan_168 (Jun 26, 2012)

Yeah, as soon as they complete this lineup, it's hard for me not to get this whole system, the only reason I don't have it yet is because the lack of WA 21mm and 35mm equivalent lens at the time they introduced the X Pro 1. that's the most used FL I do on my FF DSLR systems, now time for me to save up for a new system.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 26, 2012)

28 f/2.8 is actually 28 f/2.0. It is better than you imagined

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abortabort
By abortabort (Jun 26, 2012)

Fantastic lineup Fuji! I just wish they did an X-Pro1 'light' the same size as my X100. Love the fact that the 23mm is an f1.4 - I had always assumed it was going to be the f2 from the X100.

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deep7
By deep7 (Jun 26, 2012)

I don't imagine the XP1 will be the only body they make. They could well produce a smaller body with fewer features. That said, I find the size and weight of the XP1 is bang on. Not that I have actually bought one yet. Priorities....

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abortabort
By abortabort (Jun 26, 2012)

While I'm sure it is fine size wise, I would just prefer the size of my X100, but if it was bigger I probably wouldn't mind so much. Basically an XF mount X100 with 16MP Sony (etc) sensor for around $1000-1100 would be fantastic. I don't need any more 'features' in my X100, but having interchangeable lenses costs around $1000 more at the moment (to get X-Pro1 with any lens), which is too much.

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brudy
By brudy (Jun 26, 2012)

I think one of the reasons the X100 is so small is because it's a fixed lens. When you introduce the interchangeable mount, it will probably increase the size.

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deep7
By deep7 (Jun 26, 2012)

This is such an intelligent line-up. As if Fuji knows something! It makes me wonder why more established manufacturers, who have had plenty of time, haven't come up with something like the 56/1.4 specifically for that format size, instead of relying on shorter 50s designed for a bigger format. All the lenses make sense - provided they perform at larger apertures.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Jun 26, 2012)

M4/3 is more interested in selling camera bodies than lenses. Sony, like many others, got the legacy lens issue and is still selling SLR type body for their SLR lenses. Pentax (Q) and Nikon don't seems to be putting a lot of effort in making a large mirroless system atm. The XP1 will be fuji's prime focus of their system. They really take advantage of the fresh start.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Jun 26, 2012)

I agree. Except on the m43 front, Olympus has been making lenses for their 4/3's system for years so has a reasonable library of lenses to adapt for the smaller m4/3's format, plus they have the assistance of Panasonic working in the same format, so neither are really working in legacy land.

Sony seem to have gone AWOL on the NEX, but I'm sure we will see a lot more from them before the year is out.

Samsung are in the Fuji boat, they don't really have a lot of legacy stuff to worry about and they are non-concurrent lines, so their sole focus is their NX cams (in the higher end obviously) and it shows with their lineup of lenses as well.

Pentax are just trying different things to see what sticks, which is never a good approach. They have their Q system which hasn't seen a new lens since launch, they have their K-01 which is really just an SLR without a mirror and rumors are suggesting they will soon have a 'proper' mirrorless mount?...

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abortabort
By abortabort (Jun 26, 2012)

Nikon seem to be going the Sony route, basically doing mirrorless for consumers rather than enthusiasts, lot's of kit lens options basically and one pancake to make it 'smaller'. In fact they have more or less exactly replicated the orignal NEX lineup.

Canon have yet to show their cards, but my guess is following Sony and Nikon down the 'we must protect our SLR sales' road.

Sony have an ace up their sleeves in that they have by far the greatest range of body types using E-Mount from the 3 and 5 series 'standard mirrorless' to the 7 series 'enthusiast mirrorless' the VG series 'mirrorless camcorder' and FS series 'professional video cameras', plus they have the best legacy support their SLR lenses. Best range of cameras, near worst range of native lenses.

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bcalkins
By bcalkins (Jun 26, 2012)

Fuji and MFT both have the advantage of not really needing to support the past... (ie a large collection of excellent phase detect AF full frame lenses)

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audiobomber
By audiobomber (Jun 27, 2012)

> Pentax are just trying different things to see what sticks, which is never a good approach.

Pentax has the smallest ILC in the world, and a K-mount MILC is what many Pentaxians wanted.

What you're missing is that Ricoh bought Pentax and has handed over Ricoh cameras to the Pentax division. There's a new roadmap showing more K, Q and MF lenses, and the first Ricoh-Pentax cameras will be out this summer. Pentax will have MILC well-covered with Ricoh and Pentax bodies.

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TEBnewyork
By TEBnewyork (Jun 26, 2012)

Great news. I really like this lineup. Seems like a sensible combination of fast enough zooms with a great (very thoughtfully chosen) set of primes.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Jun 26, 2012)

The 14 and 23mm are nice additions to the lineup. The zooms should draw some more general consumer / casual shooters as well.

Good to see X Pro line is maturing.

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Jeff Seltzer
By Jeff Seltzer (Jun 26, 2012)

My 5DII is giving me a really worried look, "Please don't eBay me..."

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (Jun 26, 2012)

I'll buy it, gladly. :)

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babola
By babola (Jun 26, 2012)

Me too, let me know your price ;)
Funny how some people are quick to dismiss tried and tested workhorses in favour of 'new tech' wonders.

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Jeff Seltzer
By Jeff Seltzer (Jun 26, 2012)

Too funny! I remember when I bought my 5DII and it was called a "new tech" wonder, especially the "gimmicky" video functionality. Remember that?! Wow, times have changed. Anyway, I have both cameras. The 5DII has literally not come out of the bag for several months. Believe me, I wish it wasn't true - I'm looking at 10k in camera and lenses that need to be used. But, so far, no need. That will probably change, but like I said, 5DII is nervous...

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Acrill
By Acrill (Jun 26, 2012)

I have questions about how the zoom lenses will cooperate with the hybrid viewfinder. Time will reveal all!

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160631
By 160631 (Jun 26, 2012)

Yes it should cooperate with the optical viewfinder, I remember reading this.

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marike6
By marike6 (Jun 26, 2012)

@Jeff Seltzer I'd love to know how the fact that 5D's shoots video is a gimmick? Gimmick in the sense of "new-fangled moving pictures" or something you don't care about?

Still video on the 5D has almost single handedly spawn an entire HDSLR movement and cottage industry of camera accessories. All that for a gimmick.

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