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Fujifilm adds XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS to X-mount lens roadmap

By dpreview staff on Jul 23, 2013 at 05:00 GMT

Fujifilm has updated its X-mount lens roadmap to include a 50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS lens as part of its more affordable 'XC' series. The 75-350mm equivalent tele-zoom joins the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 XC and the ten existing or announced high-end XF series lenses in Fujifilm's lineup. The company also highlights the three Touit lenses available or planned by Zeiss for the X-mount system. The Fujinon XC50-230mm F4.5-6.7 OIS will sit alongside the more expensive XF55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, which offers a dedicated aperture ring and linear motor design for fast focusing.


Press Release:

Updated FUJIFILM X-Mount Lens Roadmap

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is today publishing an updated version of the FUJIFILM X-mount lens roadmap. This is further to the last XF lens roadmap issued in April 2013.

A total of 10 high quality Fujinon XF lenses will be on the market by early 2014 and now an additional 2 Fujinon XC lenses have been added to this list. When you combine this with the 3 Zeiss lenses already announced, it brings the total number of X Mount lenses available to 15.

New XC Lenses
In response to market feedback and requests from users, Fujifilm is expanding its line-up of lenses to offer a new category of XC lens. These are “compact and casual” lenses and are perfectly suited to the mid-range X-M1 compact system camera. They feature all-glass elements and are lightweight and portable.

In conjunction with its X-M1 compact system camera, Fujifilm announced the launch of the first XC lens, an F3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens that covers a shooting range of 16-50mm (24-76mm in 35mm equivalent). Today Fujifilm is announcing a second XC lens, an F4.5-6.7 telephoto zoom lens that covers the shooting range of 50mm to 230mm (75-350mm in 35mm equivalent). This will be available by the end of the year.

Fujifilm will continue to strive for the development of lenses that cover a wide range of focal lengths and offer bright and high resolution reproduction even at the periphery, so that users can enjoy the high resolution features of FUJIFILM X-Series cameras.

*1 For enquiries or information about the Carl Zeiss X-mount lenses, please click on the following URL:  http://lenses.zeiss.com
*2 35mm format equivalent

Comments

Total comments: 52
Rob Camlin
By Rob Camlin (8 months ago)

Unnnnngggggg 23mm f/1.4. Finally a fast wide for the X-mount.

EDIT:
Whoops forgot about the 18mm f/2. Anyway, that 56mm f/1.2 should be the tits.

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random name
By random name (9 months ago)

when will they finally update the firmware of the X-E1 to allow backeting in more than the useless +1EV/-1EV increments.
I bought this camera for HDR pictures and it does not have this basic bracketing range!

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Dimit
By Dimit (9 months ago)

It seems that the best of all and presumably the sole pair I'd need for the x system,i.e.the 23 and 56 mm are about to come last to impress us the most!!

2 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

I would not be too optimistic.
look at the reality, neither 18/2 nor 35/1.4 are any good

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boinkphoto
By boinkphoto (9 months ago)

Huh? The 35/1.4 is an amazing lens. The 18/2 is a fine lens, not spectacular, but definitely "good".

Do you own these lenses? I do.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

I tested 35/1.4 myself with two copies, lost interest during the second test because it's about the same as the first one, very bad.

no time to waste on 18/2 but there are tests on the net which are inline with my impression. I can have better or much better images with lenses made 20 years ago or about 100-300 US new (28/2.8 & 50/1.8).

for other lense they are okay (so-so), only low value for money.

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Tom_A
By Tom_A (9 months ago)

I have several decent nikon lenses, and yet my Fuji 35mm lens is as good as any of them. I cannot imagine what you found "very bad" about it?

1 upvote
sfphotoarts
By sfphotoarts (9 months ago)

the Fuji 35mm is good quality, but to anyone who's ever used a ff DSLR with L lenses, the focus speed is laughable. Even with the 3.0 firmware it clatters into focus so slowly by comparison.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

we don't need L lens to beat Fuji XF.

actually it's much easier to make high quality lenses for X-mount than SLRs but still they failed to design and make one.

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Petka
By Petka (8 months ago)

Funny guy...

When I tested my new Fujinon 35mm/1.4 against a Canon 50mm 1.4 I had to recheck several times from the EXIF that I was really looking at frames shot wide open with the Fuji. They were sharper than anything Canon could produce at any aperture.

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Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

Good news. Building a formidable system with several entry points and good lineup of lenses (a la Sony NEX and Samsung NX systems). I wish or would welcome that Canon had announced more re: development of EOS-M system. Even Nikon, when the Nikon 1 was introduced, showed mockups of future lenses.

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Rod McD
By Rod McD (9 months ago)

I understand why some people might want one, but it's not for me. Nor do I want the faster XF55-200, as good as it is. Or the 56/f1.2. I'm with those who think Fuji need to offer a small (ie modest speed) telephoto prime around say 85/90mm f2 or 100mm/2.8. That would provide an AF lens with some reach, a step up from the 18-55mm zoom, and still capitalize on the mirror-less advantage of small size. If I want a case full of big zooms, I may as well stay with a DSLR.

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (9 months ago)

Spot on.

Olympus 75mm f/1.8 is a good example.

5 upvotes
samhain
By samhain (9 months ago)

An 85-90mm f1.8-f2 would be awesome- but poo-pooing an ultra fast 56/1.2? Man that doesn't even make sense!
That's 'THE' lens for the X system. That should've been released on the initial camera launch.
Putting out a moderately fast 135mm eqiv before a fast 85mm equiv is nonsense!

That being said- Fuji pays attention to it's users needs. I'd be really surprised if an 85mm-100mm f2 wasn't announced next year, especially after Zack Arias said on his blog he was going to buy a Leica 90/2 since Fuji had nothing available in that focal range.

2 upvotes
Mike99999
By Mike99999 (9 months ago)

@samhain: I think the 50mm and 85mm equivalent focal lengths are pushed by ancient lens design restrictions and not by actual function. I find 40mm equivalent far more useful for walkaround and 100-150mm equivalent far better for portraiture.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

XF56/1.2 isn't a ultra fast lens at all. it can do nothing more than a 85/1.8 which worths about 400 US.

neither Oly 75/1.8 with can do no more than 150/3.6.

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UnChatNoir
By UnChatNoir (9 months ago)

Having the XF55-200 since one week now, I changed my opinion that was pretty much in line with what you are saying. This is a killer lens, big, I admit, but very well built, a solid piece of optical engineering fully adhering to the excellent X-IQ where we got used to. After I went the 'Leica-alike' prime way for the other focals, it's damned easy to have a zoom for tele-purposes and I've got the impression that the optical stabilization technology is more advanced than other similar systems I've used. Fuji is having a lot of experience in this area from the Fujinon video lenses.

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Rod McD
By Rod McD (9 months ago)

@samhain. I didn't "poo-poo" Fuji's 56mmf1.2. I just said that I didn't want one in favor of a longer FL. It's predominantly a portrait lens and I don't do much of that type of work. For more general short-tele photography I generally prefer a slower lens because you don't suffer the downsides of fast design. Hence being happy in concept with a 85-90mm lens in the f2 - 2.8 range. There is no "THE" lens for any system. It depends entirely on your needs. I'm more into landscape - a 56mm 1.2 is of little practical use to me. As usual in photography, it's horses for courses.

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SBoudreault
By SBoudreault (9 months ago)

Yabokkie: "XF56/1.2 isn't a ultra fast lens at all. it can do nothing more than a 85/1.8"
It gathers twice as much light on the sensor...
"neither Oly 75/1.8 with can do no more than 150/3.6."
That one gathers 4 times more light...
Amazing how many ignorant fools in these forums !
Regards,
S.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (9 months ago)

Lots of sanctimony here.
Unwarranted IMO, as Fuji has demonstrated a largely uncompromising approach to the design and construction of its lens line.

The intro of slower zooms allows them to deliver more compact lenses while still delivering quality that exceeds the competition both in IQ and construction. Moreover they deliver them at a good price. Thus delivering the holy grail of hobbyists: price and quality.

For you whiners, we await your independent designs of f2.8 zooms built with anything other than fantasy.

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (9 months ago)

The intro of slower zooms to keep size down is what Olympus should have done with 4/3rds. They are doing it now with m4/3rds.

1 upvote
cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 months ago)

Good, I'm glad a slow overlapping zoom appeals to you in Fuji's lineup. It doesn't for me. Just because others disagree with you that makes them a defacto whiner eh? Brilliant!

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

it's just another XC to pair with 16-50, so just ignore if you already have 18-55.

but this shows X-mount isn't a well thought system that even if Fujifilm are determined to offer two set of overlapping slow zooms they should at least market the slower ones first.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

if I were Fuji, I'd to have XF 15-50 and 50-200 zooms (set the flange-back to 15mm for that), trash the optical viewfinder and do automatic vignetting compensation in EVF.

this will make XF look much more attractive at the same so-so quality as it's now (don't expect them be able to make good products in the first several years. they need time to learn, everyone does).

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D1N0
By D1N0 (9 months ago)

The XF 56mm 1.2 whoohoo!

1 upvote
peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

Is it even worse than Sony 55-210? Looks like APS-C mirrorless are not for tele...
OTOH, Oly 40-150 f/4-5.6 is small, light, very fast and quiet focusing and $99 for God's sake.

4 upvotes
Raist3d
By Raist3d (9 months ago)

Yes, Olympus is F4-F5.6, small, light, $99 and most likely not as good. Your stop comparison is irrelevant because the Fuji doe shave better ISO performance, so that one stop difference you mention is meaningless (same for DOF).

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peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

Most likely? Better ISO? Just your suppositions, no data to support it at all.
40-150 is very good BTW, and the fact Fuji released the second cheap version does not infuse me with confidence that it is going to be as good as the expensive one. At least I see that it is big (if the pictures on the roadmap are up to scale) and dark. f/6.7 at the long end? Give me a break, it would be OK on a pancake or REALLY long tele at least.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

The sensor in Fuji X has worse RAW performance compared to E-PM2 according to techradar:
http://cdn3.mos.techradar.futurecdn.net//art/cameras/LabCharts/Fuji/XM1/Fuji_XM1_TIFF_SNR-900-100.JPG

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whtchocla7e
By whtchocla7e (9 months ago)

They need a 85/90mm tele to pull me in.

1 upvote
foto guy
By foto guy (9 months ago)

I'd like to see a 135mm prime. Or at least a 100mm.

1 upvote
stevez
By stevez (9 months ago)

A perfect mate to the new X-M1 kit, and exactly what was needed to compete with other mirrorless entries.

5 upvotes
Greg Gebhardt
By Greg Gebhardt (9 months ago)

Way too slow to spark any interest.

6 upvotes
abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

'Sparked' enough interest for you to comment.

17 upvotes
Tandua
By Tandua (9 months ago)

with poor AF...a slow lens is the best choice.

I'ms still wait a gems lens...like 24 1.4 or 55 1.2...or x-e2/x-pro1

no news about organic-borg-star trek sensor?..

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (9 months ago)

Borgs technology is the best!!! Don't ask how I know...:)

1 upvote
kwa_photo
By kwa_photo (9 months ago)

no thanks, I can't stand super slow lenses.....f/4.5-6.7? Are you kidding me? That's nuts IMO....f/5.6 at max should be it. That's one thing I do miss about Olympus 4/3 with the E-1 and E-3, fast mid-grade lenses. Ex. 14-54 f/2.8-3.5, 50-200 f/2.8-3.5, 12-60 f/2.8-4, etc.

I don't know about you, but I really don't like owning lenses that I "must" use in good light.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

That's why they make all those other lenses maybe? Like the fast primes and faster than usual zooms? Their other telephoto is f3.5-4.8 and the 18-55 is f2.8-4. 'Mid range' as you say and a good compromise between speed and size.

These aren't replacing those.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (9 months ago)

True, but F6.7 at 230mm on apsc isn't really something i would wish upon anybody. Lets hope the OIS is really really good.

Like with the 55-200:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ4H99xEYAo&feature=youtu.be&t=2m50s

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Raist3d
By Raist3d (9 months ago)

And keep missing them because 4/3rds is dead. Oh why? One of the reasons is making fast big telephoto zooms that kill your small competitive advantage. Keep in mind- Fuji does offer right now a faster telephoto, don't they? Of course you are comparing some Olympus more premium lenses and not the Olympus 4/3rd 410/420 kit telephoto lens which would be the appropriate comparison.

Guess what the speed of the Olympus 4/3rds kit lens is :-)

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

DPR the new firmware with significantly faster AF and Focus Peaking is also now available to download. Will you update your X-E1 and X-Pro1 reviews like you did when the NEX3/5 got their significant update?

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GabrielZ
By GabrielZ (9 months ago)

Not keen on these cheapo-plasticy XC series lenses. I hope these two are the only ones they're going to make. I thought Fujifilm's 'X'-series of cameras and lenses were supposed to be quality premium products.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

I suspect they will be. These two are traditional 'kit lenses' and are nessersary for the more 'budget market' where there is no way they can sell a $700 X-Series and include a $700 lens. Plus they are the only 'XC' lenses on the roadmap. They aren't stopping their other plans for high quality lenses or discontinuing high end lenses for the cheapo XC models, so I'm not sure what everyone is complaining about?

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Revenant
By Revenant (9 months ago)

It's pretty obvious that Fuji wants to build a complete system, which can compete with Micro Four Thirds and Sony NEX on all levels, from cheap entry-level to expensive high-end. Maybe the original plan was to only offer premium products, but it's hard to increase your market share without catering to entry-level users. After all, enthusiasts and professionals are only a small sub-set of all camera buyers.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (9 months ago)

Boooo! Where's the 23mm!?!?

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

Uhm, it's right there, in the roadmap?

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (9 months ago)

Oooooooooooh! I must have missed that since its getting pushed so far back due to the XC series, carry on.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

So you're saying that this XC lens which is due to be launched AFTER the 23mm is causing delays with the 23mm even though the schedule for that particular lens hasn't changed? Bravo, way to make up rubbish to have a whinge about!

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

Fujifilm should redo the current lenses first.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

Ya because they are horrible...

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 months ago)

Um, no thanks?!

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

Very well and good. Personally I have little need for a telephoto beyond about 135mm equiv, so if I was getting a tele, I would be getting the one that doesn't cost $700.

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Total comments: 52