Fujifilm announces compact and lightweight XF 16-80mm f/4 and GF 50mm f/3.5 lenses

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posted Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 1:00 AM EDT

 
 

Fujifilm has announced a pair of new lenses, one for each of the company's interchangeable lens mirrorless camera systems. One lens is the X Series (APS-C) Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR zoom lens. The other optic is a prime lens for the medium-format GFX system, the Fujinon GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR.

Looking first at the new XF 16-80mm zoom, which offers a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-122mm, the lens is designed for portability and versatility. The 5x zoom lens weighs just 15.5 ounces (440 grams), which Fujifilm states is about 40 percent lighter than a comparable 24-120mm lens for full-frame camera systems. The lens is 3.5 inches long (88.9 millimeters) and has a maximum diameter of 3.08 inches (78.3mm).

 
Fuji XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR

The Fuji XF 16-80mm can focus as closely as 13.8 inches (35 centimeters) across its entire zoom range, resulting in a maximum magnification of 0.25x. The lens incorporates optical image stabilization, which is rated for up to six stops of stabilization. Despite its lightweight and compact design, the XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR lens is weather sealed in ten places throughout the barrel. With 16 elements across a dozen groups, including a trio of aspherical elements and an ED element, the XF 16-80mm f/4 has been designed for demanding shooters across many types of photography. Of interest to videographers in particular, Fuji promises minimal focus breathing, quiet autofocus and intelligent stabilization. 

The Fuji XF 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR lens will be available starting on September 26th with a suggested retail price of $799.95 USD in the United States and $1,049.99 CAD in Canada.

Turning our attention to the Fuji GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR lens, the lens is the smallest and lightest GF lens to date. The 40mm-equivalent prime weighs 11.8 ounces (335 grams) and when paired with a GFX 50R, the combination weighs 39.2 ounces (1,110 grams), making the GFX 50R and GF 50mm f/3.5 lens an appealing combo for street photographers.

 
Fuji GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR lens. This will become the lightest and smallest GF lens when it launches this September.

The weather-resistant lens can focus as closely as 0.55 meters, resulting in a maximum magnification of 0.1x. The lens is 1.89 inches (48 millimeters) long and has a maximum diameter of 3.31 inches (84mm). Inside, the lens includes nine elements across six groups, including an aspherical element.

 
Fuji GFX 50R with new GF 50mm f/3.5 lens attached. This combination weighs 39.2 ounces (1,110 grams) in total.

The Fuji GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR lens will be available starting on September 26th and it will retail for $999.95 USD in the United States and $1,299.99 CAD in Canada.