Fujifilm has unveiled their current lens roadmap. While the lineup is already pretty much comprehensive, a few additions are scheduled for this year, notably a 80mm f/2.8 Macro prime lens, and two X-Mount cinema lens.
2018 will see some ultra-wide and telephoto primes.
(Petapixel) Fuji’s New XM-FL is an X-Mount Body Cap Lens with Built-In Photo Filters:
Fujifilm has announced a strange new lens over in Japan. It’s called the XM-FL, and it’s a 24mm f/8 body cap-style pancake lens that features built-in photo filters that can be accessed by turning a dial on the side.
Very light, totally “dumb” (ie no electronics), for ~$100, can make for interesting experiments on your Fuji X.
From Fujifilm Japan (in Japanese)
Similar in principle to the Olympus body cap lens in 2013.
Fuji announced the Fuji XF23mm f1.4 for the Fuji X series (like the X-Pro1)
This lens will provide a fast 35mm-like lens ; one of the favourite field of view of street photographers.
Yesterday, Fujifilm gave the roadmap for the X-mount lenses in 2012 and 2013.
For fall 2012, a 14mm f/2.8 wide angle (equivalent to 21mm) and a “standard” 18-55mm (equivalent to 27-84mm) zoom with stabilisation and wide f/2.8-4 aperture.
For 2013, more primes and zoom: the anticipated 23mm f/1.4 (equivalent to 35mm), a 27mm f/2.8 pancake (41mm equivalent) and a 56mm f/1.4 (84mm equivalent), as well as a very wide angle 10-24mm f/4 zoom lens (15-36mm equivalent) and a 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 (83-300mm equivalent).
No detail on pricing or exact availability, but this looks to be a promising commitment from Fujifilm on the X-Pro1 system. Here is the roadmap as published by Fujifilm:
Here are detailed reviews of the X-mount lenses are available with the X-Pro1 done by ephotozine.
Canon just announced a refresh of their 24-70 L lens, as well as two new wide angle lenses with IS: the 24mm and 28mm f2.8. The IS in a wide angle lens is new.
LensRentals has a brief history of early photographic lenses.
Interesting read for historical purpose.
Interesting chart of Nikon Lens compatibility.
For the mess that is the Nikon F mount. Next time someone tells you Nikon never changed the mount, get them to check this one. At least Canon moved from FD to EF in a non compatible way. This does not lower the other qualities that Nikon gear have.
Pentax just announced the Pentax Q, a mirror-less camera with interchangeable lenses and a small sensor of 1/2.3″. There will be 5 lenses available.
As usual, DPReview has a preview.
Just a few comments after reading the specs and the preview:
- Small sensor. I already find the m4/3 to be noisy due to its size. 1/2.3″ is significantly smaller and the quality will likely converge to a compact: lot of noise at higher ISO.
- Barely smaller than the Sony NEX (or a micro 4/3), according to the picture on DPReview, despite a much smaller sensor.
Also the lenses will include a “standard” prime (kit) 48mm equivalent, “standard” zoom ($300), a fisheye with manual focus and fixed aperture f5.6 ($129) and for less than $100, two “toy” lenses, one wide (28mm equiv.), one (100mm equiv.) telephoto whose image look will remind of the Diana or Lomo.
At $800 with the prime lens, I don’t really see where the Pentax Q fits in the market. That reminds me of the Pentax Auto 110 film SLR.
News from the micro Four Thirds front:
Panasonic GF-3: more compact than the GF-2, still no viewfinder, even more stripped down:
DC Resource preview – DPReview
In July 2011 with the 14mm f2.5 for USD$699. August for USD$599 with a kit zoom.
Leica Summilux 25mm f1.4 DG: fast sharp “standard” lens:
DC Resource – DPReview
Price unknown, for August 2011.