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Fujifilm gives more details on lens roadmap and XF 55-200mm telezoom

By dpreview staff on Mar 6, 2013 at 12:27 GMT

Fujifilm UK has given more details of the upcoming XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS telephoto zoom for its X system cameras. Full specifications include an inner focusing system driven by no fewer than four linear stepper motors, and a promise of class-leading OIS with four to five stops correction, to go alongside the maximum aperture that's half a stop faster than typical SLR lenses covering the same range. The company says the lens will be available in May 2013. Meanwhile the promised XF 23mm F1.4 R and XF 27mm F2.8 R pancake are expected to appear in the middle of the year, and the XF 56mm F1.4 R and XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS at the end of 2013.

Fujifilm's updated lens roadmap, with May 2013 release date for the XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8R LM OIS 
Fujifilm is showing its upcoming lenses behind glass at the Focus on Imaging trade show in Birmingham UK, alongside other accessories for the system. From left to right, XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, XF 27mm F2.8 R pancake, XF 23mm F1.4 R, XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS, and XF 56mm F1.4 R.  

Fujifilm XF 55-200mm F3.5-4.8 R LM OIS specifications 

Focal length   55-200mm 
35mm-equiv focal length   83-300mm 
Diagonal angle of view   28.8° - 8.1°
Maximum format size   APS-C 
Maximum aperture   F3.5-4.8 
Minimum aperture   F22 
Lens construction   • 14 elements in 10 groups
 • 1 aspherical element
 • 3 extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements 
 Number of diaphragm blades  7 (rounded) 
 Minimum focus  1.1m 
 Maximum magnification  0.18x 
 AF motor type  4 linear stepper motors 
 Zoom method  Rotary (extending) 
 Focus method  Internal 
 Image stabilisation  Yes 
 Filter thread  62mm 
 Weight  580g
 Dimensions  75mm diameter x 118mm length
 (3.0" x 4.6") 
 Lens mount  Fujifilm X

Comments

Total comments: 80
peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 13, 2013)

"the maximum aperture that's half a stop faster than typical SLR lenses covering the same range. "

1/3 of a stop. Still a good thing if it is sharp wide open, at least as sharp corner to corner as competing Oly 40-150. On the other hand, the the Oly is 190g, vs 580g here, and just $99... thank you very much, I take slightly higher ISO. :)

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 13, 2013)

"four linear stepper motors"

Fail rate just got multiplied by 4...

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jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (Mar 11, 2013)

Think they'll ever update the sensor and electronics in the S1 or let it die unceremoniously?

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HENNIGArts
By HENNIGArts (Mar 9, 2013)

By the end of this year Fujifilm will have a very compelling XF-lens lineup. My personal choice would be 10-24, 18-55, 1.4/23 and 1.4/56 - I don't need more. Add a X-E2 with fast phase-dectection AF (on sensor like X100S, X20) with decent optional grip and I will join the system for sure.

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Kanano
By Kanano (Mar 8, 2013)

fuji is looking more and more likely to be my primary family and event shooter. The D600 with 35 and 85 1.4s may get replaced by the yet to be released 23 and 58 1.4s if they perform anywhere close to the nikon equivalent counterparts.

Should weigh at least 1/2 of the slr setrup and be less bulky.

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iae aa eia
By iae aa eia (Mar 7, 2013)

thank gosh they are designing lenses with zoom endings brighter (i mean, less dark) than ƒ/5.6.

1 upvote
57even
By 57even (Mar 7, 2013)

Interesting that Fuji got some criticism for the "bulk" of their cameras but the upside is that they can build faster, higher quality lenses. As compromises go it's one I personally appreciate. The lenses are still quite a bit smaller than SLR equivalents but still fast, beautifully made and easy to handle.

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 7, 2013)

Fuji should redesign all of their current XF lenses before making a roadmap that starts from bad quality.

0 upvotes
Petka
By Petka (Mar 8, 2013)

The first lens, 35mm f:1.4, is one of the sharpest lenses introduced during the past few years... Not a bad start, methinks. 18mm is a merely a good one, all others so far are great, what comes to optical quality.

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 8, 2013)

Don't feed the troll.

4 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 10, 2013)

this is a 53mm f/2.1 equivalent which is among the easiest lenses to make (100 US class and can still deliver high quality image). however the performance is not high (the center is good) even stopped down beyond f/2.8 and the price is more than 4 times (2 stops) higher than equivalent 35mm-format ones. the bokeh is terrible.

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archtop
By archtop (Mar 10, 2013)

Hey nerd, quick hating with your overly critical jargon. Please post your credentials as a lens maker or a spectacular portfolio of your photography. If you have neither, don't go around saying making lenses are easy, you're embarrassing yourself.

p.s. sorry Den Sh, had to feed the troll a little bit.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 11, 2013)

no need to get nasty. just show us if you can find proof that any of the XF lenses is good, a mission impossible for me, maybe a peice of cake for you.

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vratnik
By vratnik (Mar 7, 2013)

I bet there was Spring 2013 next to10-24 lens a few months ago. Now there's just 2013. FML

1 upvote
Rambazamba
By Rambazamba (Mar 7, 2013)

If Fuji had continued with the Nikon mount they wouldn`t need a roadmap.

1 upvote
slncezgsi
By slncezgsi (Mar 7, 2013)

What mount? The F one? Really? Did you notice that this is about mirror-LESS cameras?

Come on, relax

1 upvote
forpetessake
By forpetessake (Mar 7, 2013)

F-mount is not a bad idea. The size of the camera is limited by the grip, not the mount; the size of the lenses is limited by image circle, speed and presence or absence of mirror, not the mount. Going with F-mount would have made a lot of quality lenses available, but new lenses would still have to be designed due to CDAF limitations and improvements in size & weight, especially on the wide end due to the absence of mirror. Still having Nikon working on your side would have been a big advantage.

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samhain
By samhain (Mar 7, 2013)

The 56mm isn't coming out till the end of the year!?! Wtf fuji.
I'd like to know what marketing genius at Fuji said "hey- we're gonna make this awesome retro rangefinder style camera- but lets do the initial release with a slow 60mm macro and wait 3 years to put a proper portrait lens out, because this camera is much more suited to people shooting macro than portraiture & candid street shots ".
That guy should be fired, but only after being kicked in groin repetedly.
The initial 3 should've been:
23mm 1.4
35mm 1.4
56mm 1.4
Macro/wide angle/zoom should've been secondary.

10 upvotes
starwolfy
By starwolfy (Mar 7, 2013)

Or maybe that marketing genius just thought:

Hey ! Let's make a crazy sharp sensor with crazy igh iso so that any amateur jumps on it. Then let's make some basic slow lenses so that they can buy them all as they are on GAS...and wait a bit more to launch crazy bright glass so that they are on GAS again !

So finnaly that guy is not fired but promoted ! ;)

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TakePictures
By TakePictures (Mar 7, 2013)

I agree (would have loved to see the 23 and 56 first), but from a marketing perspective it may make sense. We are not a first-priority target group I guess.

0 upvotes
gzig
By gzig (Mar 7, 2013)

if any camera/lens maker could design en produce in mass about 20 lenses a year, one would. But they can not do that. Not even Canon (see 200-400 converter of the new tele is lenses). And for Fujifilm, a company that is new in this field and don;t have the mass factory capacity to do this stuff or the money for it ...

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pomoville
By pomoville (Mar 8, 2013)

In general I found Fuji did pretty well launching this system with a fairly solid assortment of lenses. There's only so much they can do at one time. It's already a drastically more appealing lineup than the Nex system.

1 upvote
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 10, 2013)

> The initial 3 should've been:
> 23mm 1.4
> 35mm 1.4
> 56mm 1.4

these are equivalents of 35mm-format
35mm f/2.1 for 320 US,
53mm f/2.1 for 150 US, and
85mm f/2.1 for 320 US if they can deliver similar performance of current Nikon lenses (current XF lenses are far from that).

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TwoMetreBill
By TwoMetreBill (Mar 6, 2013)

When are we going to get fully functional lens adapters for Nikon and/or Canon lenses? Fuji is just not addressing the pro market for either longer zooms (70/80-200 and longer) or long macro lenses (150mm).

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Petka
By Petka (Mar 8, 2013)

DSLR are better suited for the kind of photography where long lenses are needed. These cameras are ideal for wide to short tele lens range and street style / travel photography. One camera (style) can not be ideal for everything. I do have both X-series Fujis and newest pro Nikons (D4, D800e), by the way, nice to be able to choose the best tool for everything thrown at me. Fujis I take to reportage assignments, Nikons for news, sprouts, studio, nature.

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thx1138
By thx1138 (Mar 6, 2013)

It's a shame they didn't make the equivalent of a 24-70 f/2.8. The 18-55 would have been nicer as a 16-50 f/2.8, but overall looking a pretty decent line-up. The 10-24 OIS sounds perfect for landscape. Assuming they one day get great AF speed, especially for servo mode, it's be nice to see some fast telephotos, like a 200 f/2.8 and maybe a 75-300 f/4

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

Do you really want a huge 600g+ zoom on a lightweight body? Why would you go mirrorless for that?

3 upvotes
yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 10, 2013)

there are needs of trading-off image quality for portability.
the issue is that XF lenses trade off image quality too much.

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liquid stereo
By liquid stereo (Mar 6, 2013)

Please Fuji, Produce a decent/professional flash.

4 upvotes
Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

YES! All of their flashes except for EF-X20 are just rebranded versions of http://www.sunpak.jp/english/

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samhain
By samhain (Mar 7, 2013)

Yes, quality flash would be nice.

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TakePictures
By TakePictures (Mar 6, 2013)

Any close-ups of the lenses?

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TakePictures
By TakePictures (Mar 6, 2013)

Found something:
http://www.fujirumors.com/hot-new-fuji-x-lens-pictures/

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TakePictures
By TakePictures (Mar 7, 2013)

Yesterday noticed that this is actually an old link (sept 2012)... but it's still likely that this is what we can expect.

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mike kobal
By mike kobal (Mar 6, 2013)

am I the only one who wants the 27mm pancake? 40mm equiv - just perfect.

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TakePictures
By TakePictures (Mar 6, 2013)

Was more focused on the 23mm. But now that see how big it seems...

1 upvote
mike kobal
By mike kobal (Mar 7, 2013)

yes, looks huge, well, had to be expected for a 1.4 wide angle prime

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rockjon
By rockjon (Mar 7, 2013)

No, though that particular FL is a bit lower on my list of needs. I'm leaning towards picking up the 23mm or 55-200 first. I think the 27mm will make a nice lightweight option though.

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Pixel Judge
By Pixel Judge (Mar 6, 2013)

I want this 55~200mm. ASAP! Please!

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

Even though I'm not a huge fan of the zooms, kudos for having such a great prime selection! IMO the only thing that's missing from the roadmap is 90mm f/2 and 135mm f/2 (preferably with OIS).

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Bernie Ess
By Bernie Ess (Mar 6, 2013)

Yes yes yes! Fast 90mm corresponding to a 135 F2: A true classic! Maybe even 1,8 for smaller DOF.
Anyway, it's the lenses that will draw half of the people to that system, not just the cameras.

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

I wouldn't mind having 90mm f/2.8 because of the size concerns. It would be great to have f/1.4 but we all understand that this will mean a huge and heavy lens. f/2 seems to be reasonable tradeoff between speed and portability.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 10, 2013)

f/1.4 for APS-C does not mean huge nor heavy. f/1.4 is quite taste-flat and cheap for it can do no more than f/2.1 on 35mm format.

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Clint Dunn
By Clint Dunn (Mar 6, 2013)

Start selling that dang 10-24!!!! I like wide angle...and the 10-24 is the only lens I am waiting for.

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codeNsnap
By codeNsnap (Mar 6, 2013)

ditto ditto ditto

And I'm waiting for X-E1S/ X-E2.

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NumberOne
By NumberOne (Mar 6, 2013)

Another One in the same boat! :-)

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El Chubasco
By El Chubasco (Mar 7, 2013)

Same here! I will switch to X system once they offer the 10-24.

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Photo Grapher
By Photo Grapher (Mar 6, 2013)

Good to see Fuji caring about new lenses.

11 upvotes
Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

Unlike the other notable mirrorless brand which only seems to care about camera bodies.

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the reason
By the reason (Mar 6, 2013)

Cough cough sony cough...

4 upvotes
Tom Schum
By Tom Schum (Mar 6, 2013)

Quite a large lens, compared to the 18-55.

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Pixel Judge
By Pixel Judge (Mar 6, 2013)

It's bigger because it's 55~200mm.

2 upvotes
qwertyasdf
By qwertyasdf (Mar 6, 2013)

I always wondered why ALL camera manufacturers are so conservative and complacent with kit lens apertures. it's been 3.5-5.6 for general purpose and 4-5.6 for telephoto since the beginning of time.
Fuji is the only exception, taking half a step (stop) at a time, now that's progress!

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Mar 6, 2013)

It's all about the price.

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AndreaV
By AndreaV (Mar 6, 2013)

Well, most manufacturers offers also f/2.8 constant aperture zooms, but they're much bigger and much more expensive...

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digby dart
By digby dart (Mar 6, 2013)

And not often, if ever, sharp from near wide open - by the time you stop down for sharpness the benefit is gone.

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fatdeeman
By fatdeeman (Mar 6, 2013)

As evidenced by the canon 70-200 f4 and F2.8 and their Nikon counterparts?

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kjbkix
By kjbkix (Mar 8, 2013)

@fatdeeman - those aren't kit lenses

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 6, 2013)

23mm and 56mm are still using the same markup.

5-stop OIS, never heard that claim before.

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kjbkix
By kjbkix (Mar 8, 2013)

Nikon 70-200 f/4 is claiming that.

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rjx
By rjx (Mar 6, 2013)

Please Fuji, I hope the 23mm manual focus isn't as sensitive as the 18mm and as easy to accidently move the focus ring while zone focusing. I love the f1.4 in the new 23mm. But I and many others will be using that lens on the street in manual zone focus at around F11 and we need to know the focus ring won't be so easy to accidently rotate. I shouldn't have to put rubber bands on my lenses to make the focus ring less sensitive.

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Absolutic
By Absolutic (Mar 6, 2013)

Another slow variable aperture lens? Why does it weigh so much? We r talking apertures similar to canons 55-250 is lens which is lighter. X system is supposed to be somewhat a compact system from the get go. Why not have a quality constant f/2.8 tele zoom instead?

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Tonio Loewald
By Tonio Loewald (Mar 6, 2013)

Metal construction perhaps and it's half a stop faster.

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viking79
By viking79 (Mar 6, 2013)

Better yet Absolutic, why not make quality smaller aperture zooms that fit the camera better. People forget that smaller aperture zooms can also be high quality. Normally Nikon/Canon make their large aperture lenses high quality, and make their smaller aperture lenses shoddy to justify the price difference. If this lens is as good as the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 I imagine most complaints will evaporate.

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Michael Perham
By Michael Perham (Mar 6, 2013)

Metal construction and glass, as opposed to plastic, lenses.

6 upvotes
Isit13
By Isit13 (Mar 6, 2013)

Always this fast aperture/bokeh obsession these days, there are lens designs that can stop down further than others without getting huge diffraction but people do not care about that anymore?

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digby dart
By digby dart (Mar 6, 2013)

Its always good to have confirmation, especially with physical objects, looking good Fuji. :-D

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elvedhel
By elvedhel (Mar 6, 2013)

so want the 10-24. loved my ultra wide 10-20 sigma on my old canon 500D.. must have lens for me but i bet it wont be cheap!

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smatty
By smatty (Mar 6, 2013)

Although I would love the 23mm f1.4 and 56mm f1.4, they seem to be a bit too bulky for the compactness that I learned to love the X-Pro 1 for.

I might actually rather get the XF 27mm f2.8 pancake and have to compensate the larger DOF with better composition of more interesting subjects - now how is that for a concept? ;)

3 upvotes
viking79
By viking79 (Mar 6, 2013)

I like Fuji because they are the first mirrorless system not concentrating on being too compact (still small enough). When you buy f/1.4 glass you can't expect it to be too small. The 23mm is larger because they must use a different lens design to improve on the short flange distance instead of a typical symmetric range finder style lens, not unlike the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 for Sony. The 56mm is larger because it is a lot longer focal length then the 35mm. If you want a small 23mm, but the X100s.

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marcuz
By marcuz (Mar 6, 2013)

I kind of think that's more because they did not want to overlap with the X100 / X100s offer.
Me too I would have preferred a pancake 23mm though.

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viking79
By viking79 (Mar 6, 2013)

Than buy an X100s, I wouldn't be surprised to see the X100s cheaper than the 23mm f/1.4, or about the same price. An alternative would be to buy a compact manual focus 24mm lens. Voigtlander makes both 21 and 25mm f/4 lenses which are very small.

I don't disagree though, a 23mm f/2.8 pancake would also be nice.

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Den Sh
By Den Sh (Mar 6, 2013)

27mm is going to be extremely small and leightweight. That's about the same focal lengths (40mm equiv.) Why not get it instead of yet another body which will loose its value in a year.

3 upvotes
Asylum Photo
By Asylum Photo (Mar 6, 2013)

I already own 4 lenses and there's 4 more I want. Damned gear lust.

9 upvotes
xpanded
By xpanded (Mar 6, 2013)

Don't own the X-system, but them Fujiguys are serious people. Others could learn from them. Excellent info for potential buyers.

19 upvotes
joejack951
By joejack951 (Mar 6, 2013)

Price? Given what you are getting (a slightly faster kit lens than what Canon and Nikon offer for their DSLRs), it should be fairly cheap but something tells me it won't be. The specs are nothing to get excited about, particularly the weak magnification.

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straylightrun
By straylightrun (Mar 6, 2013)

You should compare it to Canon and Nikon's APS-C mirrorless cameras instead.

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joejack951
By joejack951 (Mar 6, 2013)

An equivalent lens doesn't exist for the EOS-M and Nikon isn't in that market so there is no comparison. Is that your point?

My point is that Fuji is trying to make a high end mirrorless system to draw people away from DSLRs. Aside from the slightly faster aperture, I see nothing here that provides any excitement. It's both bigger and heavier than the equivalent DSLR lens. I think the price will be an even bigger disappointment though.

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Photomonkey
By Photomonkey (Mar 6, 2013)

Fuji HAS made a high end mirrorless system. What they did was bring quality construction and unique sensor technology to the form. Something absent from competition focusing on plastic bodies and lenses.
A Summicron 50 f2 may seem equivalent to a Canon 50 f1.8 to you but it makes a gigantic difference to those who care.

7 upvotes
Amnon G
By Amnon G (Mar 6, 2013)

This lens is twice as heavy as the X-E1. I wonder how it will be operating it.

What is the maximum magnification? I'm sure it can be calculated from the minimum focus distance and focal length, but maybe someone knows off-hand?

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