Fujifilm X-M1 Review
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.
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