It has been a couple of years since Fujifilm released their 35mm f1.4 lens with the announcement of the interchangeable lens X series cameras. And Fuji Rumors has spotted a brand new patent for a refresh of the lens. Of course, this doesn’t mean that it may hit the market but it of course does mean that they’re thinking about it. The site is reporting that we may see a refresh in the early part of next year.
This brings up a very big question overall about the industry: with sensor technology moving ahead at such a rapid pace, will lens technology also do the same? Years ago, lenses would last you 10 years easily–but now it seems like that lifespan is being cut in half. For example, Panasonic updated their 20mm f1.7 lens after five years. Sigma also updated their 50mm f1.4 after around six years.
This makes us sad for the future lifespan of lenses.