Lenses and Accessories

Fuji announced a pair of lenses at the same time as the X-M1. One is a standard zoom that will be sold as a kit with the X-M1, while the other is a pancake prime. Let's take a closer look at each:

New kit zoom - XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS

The X-M1 launches with its own kit zoom - the XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS. It's Fujifilm's first to be designated XC rather than XF, with the C apparently suggesting 'casual' or 'compact'. It offers a usefully-wider focal length than most kit zooms, and includes optical image stabilization, in a small, lightweight plastic body. Despite this Fujifilm is keen to stress that it considers the lens's optics to be a cut above the average 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 kit zooms typically sold with SLRs and mirrorless cameras.

Here's the new XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS alongside Fujifilm's existing XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS. The XC lens is slightly smaller, has a plastic barrel and mount, and lacks either an aperture ring or physical OIS On/Off switch (instead this is controlled from the camera's Q menu).
The 16-50mm is about the same length as the 18-55mm when set to telephoto. The 16-50mm comes with a bayonet-mount, petal-type lens hood.

The 16-50mm isn't designated an 'LM' lens (denoting the inclusion of linear motors), but this has no negative impact on its autofocus performance at all. It's practically silent and impressively fast; indeed paired up with the X-M1, it feels really, genuinely quick (perhaps the first time we'd use that description for an X system camera).

XF 27mm F2.8 'pancake' prime

Fujifilm is announcing another lens at the same time as the X-M1 and XC 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OIS: the tiny XF 27mm F2.8 prime. This offers a 40mm-equivalent angle of view, making it a 'perfect' normal lens which will offer a very natural-looking perspective. It's far and away the smallest X-mount lens to date, such that there's no space for an aperture ring (which is why there's no 'R' in the lens name). Firmware updates for the X-Pro and X-E1 will allow these cameras to set the aperture using the rear control dial.

Here's the XF 27mm F2.8 alongside what was previously the smallest lens for the system, the XF 18mm F2 R. The 27mm is just 23mm thick - less than 1" - and weighs only 78g (2.8 oz).
Here's the 27mm mounted on the X-M1, on which it makes a tiny, lightweight package.

The 27mm F2.8 lens may be included with the X-M1 in some countries, and you can buy it separately for $449/£379.


Fuji offers a number of optional extras for the X-M1, including the RR-90 remote shutter release, an adapter for using Leica M-mount lenses, and several external flashes.

The BLC-XM1 bottom leather case lets you take photos - and access the memory card slot - without removing the case. The HG-XM1 hand grip gives you a bit more to hold onto, which is handy when shooting with large lenses.

The optional grip is a nice addition to the X-M1, as the one built-into the camera is on the small side for folks with larger hands. It's also a lot less slippery than the plastic one on the X-M1.