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One new optic, another gets a name: Fuji reveals updated X-mount lens roadmap
posted Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:43 PM EDT
New lens options are on the way if you're a Fuji X-mount shooter, but the order in which they're going to arrive may not be quite what you were expecting if you read last spring's Fuji X-Mount roadmap. The company has just released an updated lens roadmap which adds one model, names and delays another, and defers a third whose name we already knew.
The updated Fujifilm X-Mount lens roadmap also acknowledges the arrival of two lenses since publication of the previous map. The Fuji XF10-24mmF4 R OIS is now on sale, and the XF18-135mmF3.5-5.6 R OIS is expected to start shipping any day now.
But it's the new lenses that strike us as the most interesting. Once again, Fuji showers prime-lens fans with love, taking the X-mount up to 12 prime lenses either shipping or announced -- a number that outweighs the offering of nine announced or available zooms.
The Fujifilm XF90mmF2 R is a brand-new addition to the roadmap, slated to arrive by the end of 2015. The XF16mmF1.4 R, meanwhile, was on the roadmap before but without a name. (Previously, it was referred to solely as "high speed wide angle lens.") This optic is now expected to arrive in mid-2015, rather than late 2014 as previously forecast.
Also delayed is the Fujifilm XF16-55mmF2.8 R WR, which will now be the third weather-resistant lens to arrive on the X-mount. Previously, it had been forecast to arrive before the XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, which is set to begin shipping on schedule later this year. Now, the 16-55mm WR is predicted to arrive in spring 2015.
And that leaves one more lens on the way, with its delivery window now narrowed rather. The as-yet unnamed "super tele-photo zoom lens" was previously set only for a 2015 release -- but when in the year it would arrive wasn't forecast. Now we know that this optic should be landing in winter 2015, making it the last of the currently-forecast lenses to be available.
So to summarize, you can look forward to the XF18-135mm lens within days, followed by the 50-140mm WR later this year. The XF16-55mm, XF16mm, XF90mm, and unnamed super telezoom will follow in 2015. Six new lenses within 18 months: it's an exciting time to be a Fuji X-series camera owner!