We’ve got the Fujifilm 16-55mm f2.8 R LM WR lens in for review right now. When the lens was first announced, we syndicated photographer David Kai Piper’s blog post about it. Now that we’ve got it in we’re putting it through its paces.
So far: I personally am not a major fan of the way it feels. To be fair though, I say this about every single zoom lens. I’m very much a prime lens shooter and this feels like a big, chunky, Campbell’s Soup beefy type of lens that most other folks may digg if they’re into the cow. It’s a bit heavy to use with the X Pro 1, though it still feels balanced. What’s great about this lens though is that it’s got a full aperture ring like the company’s other higher end zoom optics.
As far as the image quality goes, we haven’t seen anything like this. This lens makes photos from the older sensor sing with details and quality. The bokeh could be smoother, but we’ve also only spent a number of hours with the lens as of the writing of this piece.
More product feature images and sample images are after the jump.
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Owners of the Fujifilm X Pro 1 should know that according to Fuji Rumors, a top Japanese source is saying that the company will release the successor camera towards the end of the year. However, there are a bunch of other cameras that are bound to come out in the space in-between–but these will primarily target the lower end of the X series spectrum with the exception of a toned down version of the X-T1 also on the roadmap.
According to their post, the purported specs of the Fujifilm X Pro 2 will be:
– APS-C sensor (TS + ASwN + AS)
– 24MP sensor (ASwN) – More than 16MP (ASwN)
– dual SD card slot
– coming late 2015 (TS + ASwN)
– tilt screen (AS)
– WiFi (AS)
– Non organic ASP-C X-Trans sensor (ORS)
– Price about 20% to 30% more expensive than the X-T1 (AS)
By nature of how Fujifilm operates, this means that the X Pro 1 may still see a couple more firmware updates as the company is steadfast on delivering the latest innovations that they can to their older cameras. I’m a Fujifilm X Pro 1 owner, and I still love it to death.
Fujifilm is also relatively slow to change their sensors, and to be honest they don’t really have to. The company makes arguably the best APS-C sensors in the market that in some ways even outdo certain full frame offerings when it comes to performance. Sony and Nikon have already started to venture into the 24MP APS-C sensor area and both tend to get a bit too noisy at high ISOs for our liking. But we’re really hoping that that isn’t the issue with this newly talked about Fujifilm sensor.
Fujifilm has been knocking out great viewfinders on its cameras, from the hybrid optical sight on the X100s and the incredibly large EVF in the X-T1. Now it seems Fujifilm is looking into patenting an optical viewfinder that zooms in to match the focal length of the attached lens. Fuji is calling this technology a “real-image zoom viewfinder” and supposedly it will come with optical elements in at least three groups that allows the viewfinder to change its focal length.
In the patent drawing, the Fujifilm camera has two optical elements labeled Sb and Sc that move back and forth to magnify the optical image. Supposedly this real-image zoom viewfinder will be able to match what the image sensor sees through the lens. Despite the extra bits of glass Fuji claims this new viewfinder will remain compact without sacrificing the optical performance of the viewfinder.
The zooming optical viewfinder is a very interesting piece of technology we imagine to would be a shoe in for the rumored X-Pro 2. Currently the X-Pro 1’s OVF can only magnify its viewfinder magnification from 0.37x to 0.60x when using a 35mm or 60mm lens. With a hybrid system that zooms, the viewfinder could be a much more effective framing device as the current technology only overlays a smaller highlighted box denoting the focal length.
Of course there’s still a lot of complexity behind this system that ultimately could make it amazing if it all works. We’ve got our hopes up Fujifilm will find some way to create something awesome out of this patent, but we’ll hold off believing in it too much until we’re actually holding it in our hands.
Via Photography Bay
When the X-Pro 1 and X-E1 cameras were first introduced, the Fujfilm XF 35mm f1.4 instantly became a favorite with users of the X-mount system, and remains to this day. The only gripe that many have with the lens is its autofocusing speed which, compared to other contemporary lenses, is mediocre at best. In this regard, the XF 35mm f1.4 reminds us a bit about the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, which is equally famous with Micro Four Thirds users despite its comparatively slow AF.
However, good times could lie ahead for users of Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras, because unlike Panasonic who merely gave its 20mm f1.7 lens a new body when they updated it, Fujifilm will reportedly introduce a new version of the XF 35mm f1.4 with a quicker focusing motor this month. Depending on what you’re going to use this lens for, faster AF might indeed make a huge difference. As an added bonus, for those of us who don’t need the super quick AF, get ready for used prices to go down when the new lens arrives.
According to Fuji Rumors, the updated XF 35mm f1.4 could be introduced this month. Let’s keep our thumbs pressed on this one.
Back around late last year, we took a very early look at the Zeiss 50mm f2.8 Macro Touit lens for Sony E mount and Fujifilm X mount cameras. We’re happy to say that the new 50mm f2.8 Touit lens is right now in the house and we’re currently underway with testing it. As the company’s third offering for the lens mounts and their first macro lens, it is also the company’s longest focal length. Rendering a 75mm field of view due to the APS-C sized sensors, the lens can double as a portrait optic as well as be used by anyone that just wants some glorious bokeh due to the way that the field of view and aperture work out.
With a full frame equivalent of f4.5 on a full frame camera, this lens is also by all means not small–but nor is it small on image quality.
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When Fujifilm first announced their 56mm f1.2 lens, everyone got excited. The company announced an f1.2 lens for an APS-C sensor system–truly making it the fastest aperture lens for a mirrorless camera system with autofocus capabilities (Panasonic’s 42.5mm f1.2 has more in focus at a given aperture due to the smaller Micro Four Thirds sensor.) and despite the fact that it’s real full frame depth of field equivalent is around f2, that’s still not so bad. With seven aperture blades and a field of view of 84mm, this is perhaps one of Fujifilm’s most specialized lenses ever due to the fact that it begs to shoot portraits.
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