Last Updated on 04/14/2018 by Mark Beckenbach
Fujifilm is continuing to rapidly expand its fledgling GFX/GF Mirrorless Medium Format ecosystem
GFX 50s owners, and those who are interested or on the verge of getting one, are in for a nice surprise today in the form of some new toys being announced by Fujifilm. Headlining these new product announcements from is the GF 250mm f4 R LM OIS WR, a monster lens meant to give the GFX-50s some more teeth in the telephoto arena; for shooting things like wildlife, distant landscapes, and maybe even action sports (though the camera is more limiting on that last bit than the lenses ever were).
GF 250mm f4 R LM OIS WR Lens Highlights
- Ultra-high image quality achieved with16 lenses in 10 groups, 1 super ED lens and 2 ED lenses.
- Powerful five-stop optical image stabilization to maximize high image resolution.
- Silent, high-speed autofocus operation and new mechanism to fix linear motor position. when turning power off or when in playback mode. Available with new GFX 50S firmware.
- Made with magnesium alloy, ensuring a robust, durable body.
- Dust and weather-resistant design capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.
In addition to the GF 250mm, Fujifilm announced a new GF 1.4x TC WR teleconverter for the GFX system. Which, when used in conjunction with the 250mm f4 increases the reach of GFX 50s owners even further, giving GFX owners who were in need of some more reach a good option while Fujifilm works on getting more lenses out at greater focal lengths. Fuji says that with the teleconverter attached photographers can expect a field of view roughly equivalent to 277mm on a full frame 35mm body when the GF 1.4x TC WR is used in conjunction with the GF 250mm f4.
Along with the lens and teleconverter, GFX 50s owners will now also be able to dabble more in extreme macro photography, thanks to the announcement of the MCEX-18G WR, and MCEX-45G WR macro extension tubes. These tubes, as you would expect, increase the macro shooting capabilities of GFX owners, allowing them to get in for closer details and more detail oriented imagery than they previously could with native lenses. Fujifilm made sure to point out that these will be compatible with all existing GF lenses.
According to Fujifilm, the GF 250mm will be available in “late May” for a US price tag in the neighborhood of $3,299.95. The GF 1.4x TC WR will also hit stores in late May for a US price of $849.95, and the macro extension tubes will round out the list, also being available in late may for a US price of $329.99.
Stay tuned and we will be sure to let you all know once pre-orders are available on these new products from Fujifilm. In the meantime, you can get all the details on this new GFX gear over on the Fujifilm website.