For fans of the Fujifilm X system, each passing year brings more and more optical options for Fujifilm shooters. Add this year’s new medium format Fujifilm GFX and G system lenses, and there is no shortage of exciting news emerging from Fujifilm. Oh, and don’t forget to add a pair of very high-end cine lenses for the Sony E mount.
Let us start our re-cap in the X-Series world of Fujifilm. I think the biggest X Series release of the year is the Fujifilm XF80mm f/2.8 LM OIS WR Macro lens that brings true 1:1 macro capability natively to the X-Series camera system. The 35mm equivalent focal length is 122mm—also good for portrait work. The lens features 16 elements in 12 groups and is chock full of specialty optics including an aspherical lens, a Super ED lens, three ED lenses, and a Floating Focus System. The OIS system is designed to help facilitate handheld 1:1 macro shooting and the lens features weather-resistant seals. I hope to get my hands on this lens soon!
Also released this year was the Fujifilm XF50mm f/2 R WR lens. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 76mm, this lens adds to the X-mount lineup of compact and lightweight f/2-maximum-aperture lenses like the XF23mm f/2 and the XF35mm f/2. All three lenses are available as a combination kit. The new 50mm lens has 9 elements in 7 groups, including one aspherical element. Like the other f/2 lenses, this one is weather resistant and rugged.
Keep reading to the bottom for other X-Series lens news!
Fujifilm has made quite a splash with its digital entry into the medium-format market with the mirrorless Fujifilm GFX 50S camera. In the recent past, camera manufacturers have taken it on the chin when they release a new camera without a battery of optics for that camera. Fujifilm has avoided this public outrage successfully by releasing an entire battery of lenses for the medium format G-series system.
Announced with the GFX 50S were a trio of lenses: The GF 63mm f/2.8 R WR features a 35mm equivalent focal length of 50mm in a compact and lightweight chassis. In fact, when attached to the GFX 50S, this camera-lens combination feels no larger than a DSLR and prime lens—making for supremely portable medium format photography. Also around on Day One were the GF 120mm f/4 Macro R LM OIS WR with a 95mm equivalent and a 2:1 reproduction ratio, and the GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR zoom equivalent to 25-51mm.
Added since then have been the small, light, and portable Fujinon GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR lens with a 36mm equivalent field of view, the GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR equivalent to an 87mm lens in the 35mm format, and the ultra-wide GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR that has an equivalent focal length of 18mm.
With those half-dozen lenses, available within months of the rollout of the camera, Fujifilm digital medium format shooters are covered from wide to portrait-length telephoto, normal, macro, and mid-range zoom.
Fujinon has been making premium cine lenses for videographers for years. New this year, responding to the wild popularity of Sony’s E-mount cameras, is the MK pair of zoom cine lenses. The Fujinon MK18-55mm T2.9 and Fujinon MK50-135mm T2.9 lenses are identically sized and designed for Super 35 Format filmmaking. These lenses are lightweight when compared to similar cine lenses and even feature an adjustment to tweak the flange distance for use on different types of film cameras. The lenses may be purchased together as a kit. For more information on these cine lenses, check out this First Look video.
Guess what? Announced this year and arriving soon, Fujifilm X shooters will be able to use X-mount MK lenses for their own film work!
Check out the official Fujifilm X Mount and G Mount lens roadmaps to see what is coming in 2018 and let us know what Fujinon lenses you dream of in the Comments section, below!