The Fujifilm 8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR Lens Is Here. And So Is Much More!

The Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR lens isn’t all that’s being announced tonight.

We’ve known about the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 R LM WR for quite a long time: today the cat is finally out of the bag. The new lens is designed to be Fujifilm’s wide angle zoom lens amounting to a 12-24mm focal length with an f2.8 aperture. Of course, that also means the depth of field will be deeper due to this being an APS-C optic, but it will also be a wide angle. With that said, we’re not quite sure that the aperture will always matter. This lens has weather sealing built into it. In fact there are 11 points of weather sealing. While I’ve never doubted Fuji’s build quality, I’ve never been a major fan of their zoom lenses, so let’s hope this one is better.

Fujifilm is also bringing out their 200mm f2 R LM OIS WR prime lens. This is be the equivalent of a 300mm f3 pretty much which, at that focal length, the depth of field won’t really matter. While you’re probably not going to be shooting a whole lot of sports with it, you’ll likely use it for things like birding or even certain photojournalism events.

Additionally, there is a new teleconverter kit.

But perhaps most exciting is the new announcements of their roadmap. Here’s that specific paragraph:

Also announced is the latest development roadmap of interchangeable lenses for the X Series line of mirrorless digital cameras. The latest roadmap adds three new lenses to the lineup: a compact wide angle lens, XF16mmF2.8 R WR, perfect for landscape and travel photography; a standard zoom lens, XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR, which boasts a 5x zoom range with a broad focal range, providing a versatile lens capable of covering a wide range of shooting scenarios; and a large aperture prime lens XF33mmF1 R WR, an ultra-fast lens that stands to be the first mirrorless lens with a maximum aperture of F1.0 with AF capability. With the expansion of the high performance X Mount lens lineup, Fujifilm continues to cover more focal lengths to support a wide range of photography styles and shooting scenarios.

The entire press release and all the details are below.

FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW FUJINON XF8-16MMF2.8 R LM WR LENS; FUJINON XF200MMF2 R LM OIS WR TELEPHOTO LENS AND XF1.4X TC F2 WR TELECONVERTER KIT 

Ultra-wide angle zoom lens and super-fast telephoto lens with accompanying teleconverter for the X Series line of mirrorless interchangeable lens digital cameras; Latest development of the X Mount Lens Roadmap unveiled

Valhalla, N.Y., July 20, 2018 FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens, an ultra-wide angle zoom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 and focal length equivalent to 12-24mm (35mm format). Capable of providing outstanding edge to edge image-resolving performance, this lens is perfect for landscape and architecture photography such as interior and nightscape, and astrophotography.

Also announced today is the new FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens, the first super-fast telephoto lens in the XF lens lineup, offering a fast maximum aperture of F2.0 and a focal length equivalent to 305mm (35mm format). This lens boasts exceptional image clarity with the ability to produce beautiful bokeh, making it an ideal lens for shooting sports and wildlife.

The XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR lens will only be available as a kit, paired with the high performance XF1.4X TC F2 WR Teleconverter to extend the focal length by 1.4 times to cover a focal length equivalent to 427mm at F2.8 (35mm format).

FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Ultra-Wide Angle Lens

The new XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR features an optical construction of 20 elements in 13 groups, including 4 aspherical lens elements to control distortion and spherical aberration, and 6 ED lens elements including 3 super ED elements to control lateral chromatic aberration, a lens design that produces advanced image-resolving performances across the entire zoom range. Featuring a floating lens element that adjusts according to the position of the zoom, the XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR achieves edge-to-edge sharpness, and corrects field curvature that is typically found in ultra-wide angle lenses. The lens barrel is lightweight yet robust, sealed at 11 points, designed to be weather and dust-resistant and capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Key Features:

  • FUJIFILM X Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-sealed at 11 points for weather and dust-resistance; operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C
  • 20 elements in 13 groups including 4 aspherical elements, 3 ED elements and 3 super ED elements
  • Uses linear motors for quiet and ultra-fast AF
  • Nano-GI coating applied to rear surface of two front lens elements to eliminate ghosting and flare caused by oblique light

FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens and XF1.4X TC F2 WR Teleconverter Kit

The XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens is made of 19 elements in 14 groups, including one large-diameter super ED lens element and two large-diameter ED lens elements to minimize chromatic aberration. High-precision polishing technology, developed for broadcast lenses, was applied to the large-diameter lens to achieve outstanding image-resolving performance and beautiful bokeh. The lens also features a new Focus Preset function that instantaneously changes the focus to a preset position, enabling photographers to capture the main subject with ease, and without having to make focal readjustments.

Utilizing linear motors, the XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR achieves fast, silent and high-precision AF performance, and also features a new mechanism that fixes the motor group when the camera is not in use to reduce movement of the focusing group. In addition, the lens offers 5-stop image stabilization performance that recognizes shooting conditions and automatically applies optimum image stabilization control. With magnesium alloy construction, the lens is lightweight yet robust, and is sealed at 17 points and designed to be weather and dust-resistant, and operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Key Features:

  • FUJIFILM X Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM X Series interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-sealed at 17 points for weather and dust-resistance; operates in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C
  • 19 elements in 14 groups including 2 ED elements, and 1 super ED element
  • Uses linear motors for quiet and ultra-fast AF
  • Focus Preset Function instantly changes focus to a preset position to capture main subject without readjustments
  • Optical Image Stabilization system achieves 5-stop image stabilization
  • Fluorine coating applied to front lens element for improved durability
  • Matte silver color for reduced risk of overheating

FUJINON XF1.4X TC F2 WR Key Features:

  • 7 elements in 4 groups including 1 aspherical element

Updated X Mount Lens Roadmap Unveiled

Also announced is the latest development roadmap of interchangeable lenses for the X Series line of mirrorless digital cameras. The latest roadmap adds three new lenses to the lineup: a compact wide angle lens, XF16mmF2.8 R WR, perfect for landscape and travel photography; a standard zoom lens, XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR, which boasts a 5x zoom range with a broad focal range, providing a versatile lens capable of covering a wide range of shooting scenarios; and a large aperture prime lens XF33mmF1 R WR, an ultra-fast lens that stands to be the first mirrorless lens with a maximum aperture of F1.0 with AF capability. With the expansion of the high performance X Mount lens lineup, Fujifilm continues to cover more focal lengths to support a wide range of photography styles and shooting scenarios.

Availability and Pricing

The new FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Lens will be available in late November 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $1,999.95 and CAD $ 2,599.99.

The new FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Lens and FUJINON XF1.4X TC F2 WR Teleconverter Kit will be available in late October 2018 in the U.S. and Canada for USD $5,999.95 and CAD $ 7,799.99