Fujifilm Continues X Mount Expansion

Launched at the same time as the new X — M l body, the new Fujinon XF 27mm f2.8 ‘pancake’ prime brings the choice of X Mount lenses up to seven (with two additional models also now available from Zeiss). Fujifilm says it plans to have its line-up increased to 12 by early 2014 and there will be a third Zeiss model too. The Fujifilm models include the new XC Series 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 zoom launched with the X-Ml, but which will not be available as a separate purchase.

The new XF 27mm (equivalent to 41mm in the 35mm format) is just 23 mm in length so it doesn’t have a manual aperture control collar. Subsequently, a firmware upgrade is required for both the X-Prol and the X-El to enable manual aperture setting from the camera body. Weighing at just 78 grams, the XF 27mm f2.8 has an all-glass optical construction comprising seven elements in five groups, including one aspherical type to correct for distortion. It employs a high-torque DC careless motor for faster autofocusing and the minimum focusing distance is 34 cm. A ‘fly-by-wire’ manual focusing collar is retained and it permits a full-time AF override.

The screw thread filter fitting is 39 mm. Other features include Fujifilm’s proprietary H T — E B C multi-coating, a seven-blade diaphragm and a choice of silver or black finishes.

Planned for launch later this year are an XF 23mm f l.4 fast prime (equivalent to 35mm) and a 10-24mm f4.0 zoom (equivalent to 15-36mm) with a built-in optical stabilizer. Due in early 2014 is 56mm f l.2 prime lens (equivalent to 84mm) and another XC Series zoom — a 50-230mm f4.5-6.7 OIS (equivalent to 75-350mm). Zeiss is currently offering 32mm f l.8 (48mm equivalent) and 12mm f2.8 (18mm)

X Mount lenses with a 50mm f2.8 macro (75mm) due towards the end of 2013.

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