Fujifilm has been busy lately! In addition to their amazing new X-T2 mirrorless camera and EF-X500 flash, on Friday they announced three new lenses will be coming soon: an XF23mm F2 R WR, XF50mm F2 R WR and XF80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro.
If you haven’t seen Fuji’s lens roadmap before, it is a regularly updated listing of the lenses they are working on and their rough expectations for launch dates. These three new lenses will make excellent options for X-Series photographers.
Fuji describes the XF23mm F2 R WR as “a compact, lightweight and stylish lens featuring a high-speed autofocus capability, making it perfect for casual snapshots.” The lens is the equivalent of a 35mm lens on a full frame DSLR, a very popular focal length that is wide enough to show the scene but not so wide as to cause any distortion.
Fujifilm says the XF50mm F2 F2 R WR has “beautiful bokeh,” and with its fast, “high-speed autofocus it is ideally suited for portrait photography.” The 50mm is the full-frame equivalent of 76mm.
And lastly there’s the exciting new XF80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, Fuji’s first X-Series 1:1 macro interchangeable lens. “The lens,” says Fuji, “covering macro photography from mid-telephoto to telephoto range, also features high-performance image stabilization.” Thanks to compatibility with Fuji’s range of telephoto lenses, the 80mm macro can be 244mm (in full-frame terms) using the 2x converter, 171mm using the 1.4x converter or 122mm by itself.
Knowing that this is just a roadmap we can’t be sure of the dates, but Fujifilm has been pretty accurate in the past. It looks like we can expect the 23mm sometime this year and the other two lenses in 2017.
Here’s the full roadmap, just released by Fujifilm on Friday July 7, 2016.
Click here to read more from Fuji’s full press release.