Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS and XF 14mm f/2.8 R lenses officially announced

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Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS (Amazon | B&H) and XF 14mm f/2.8 R (B&H | Amazon) lenses are now officially announced:

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of two new models to the FUJINON XF Lens range bringing the total number of lenses available to five, offering much broader photographic appeal.

FUJINON XF lenses are the pinnacle of Fujifilm's optical design technology, with top quality all-glass construction including aspheric lens elements. Developed with particular attention to corner resolutions and vignetting, the FUJINON XF lens line up eliminates chromatic aberration. Their fast f-stop broadens users' scope of photographic expression, such as low-light photography and scenes with beautiful bokeh effects. The lenses have FUJINON's "Super EBC Coating" to reduce reflection at a wider range of wavelengths, thereby controlling ghosting. The use of the 1/3EV step aperture ring enables delicate, tactile control of exposure and depth of field.

1. The compact FUJINON "XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS" lens, the first short zoom lens in the FUJINON XF lens range

This short zoom lens covers a range of frequently-used focal lengths from 18mm in wide angle to 55mm telephoto*. The lens structure consists of 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspheric and 1 extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.

The linear motor-driven system delivers high-speed autofocus performance of 0.1 seconds to capture those perfect photo opportunities. Silent operation also makes the lens suitable for video recording.
Advanced optical and mechanical designs have been used to keep the lens compact, despite offering fast aperture of F2.8 - 4.0 wide open. It is a fast and highly mobile lens that delivers premium picture quality in a variety of scenes, being suitable for low-light photography or scenes with beautiful bokeh in the background.
It features OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer) equivalent to 4 stops, controlling the effect of camera shake and preventing blurry shots.
The lens is equipped with an aperture ring so that users can easily adjust the aperture while holding the camera up to their eye.

  • *Equivalent to 35mm format : 27-84mm

2. FUJINON "XF14mmF2.8 R", a stunning ultra wide angle lens with high resolution into all corners

Advanced optical design has been used to overcome the distortion-prone tendency of ultra wide angle lenses to control distortion without digital correction. This contributes to achieving high resolution to all corners of this ultra wide angle lens.
The lens structure consists of 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspheric and 3 extra low dispersion elements, and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm.
The lens features distance and depth of field scales on the barrel, making it suitable for a range of shooting techniques such as pre-focusing.
With the F2.8 wide open, the lens is suitable for low-light photography. The short minimum shooting distance of 18cm means it can effectively blur the background while also giving a sense of perspective characteristic to ultra wide angle lenses.
The FUJIFILM X Mount has a short back focus distance, preventing vignetting, to achieve clarity and brightness to all corners.
Image distortion and chromatic aberration are well controlled to deliver high resolution to all corners of an image, making the lens perfect for landscape photography.

  • **Equivalent to 35mm format : 21mm

[For FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 customers]

Please update the firmware of your camera body when using these lenses for the first time.
The firmware will be supplied by SD card (bundled in Lens Box) or can be downloaded from "Support" on the Fujifilm Global website.

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  • http://clintdunn.zenfolio.com Clint Dunn

    Hmm….wonder how much the 14mm will be…I definitely want that lens!

    • http://clintdunn.zenfolio.com Clint Dunn

      Just answered my own question….the 14mm is $900 on Adorama….ouch. So much for the XPro lenses being cheap. For the performance the 35mm 1.4R is the deal of the century. I guess if this 14mm has the performance it may be worth it…but it’s a tough one to shell out $900 for an APS-C lens.

      • palm

        PENTAX DA 14MM F2.8 =$900

  • CV Chong

    Disappointed lenses build quality when compare to the X pro 1 body, feel like plastic lenses for X pro 1 , 1st class body with 5th class lenses. really hopeless combination.

  • http://shashinkaichiban1.wordpress.com shashinka

    Price seems pretty high. Might be better off buying used Nikon or Canon glass and using third party adapter, if could think of any FF glass that wide that not fisheye. Not sure about current APS ultra wide glass options.

  • http://larry-bolch.com/ Larry Bolch

    Considering that the 14mm f/2.8 Nikon is $1,700 and the Canon is $2,100, $900 for the Fuji is considerably less than I thought it would be.

    Since there is no need for retrofocus due to the thickness of the mirror-box on the CaNikon, it can be smaller and lighter as well.
    645g Canon
    670g Nikon
    187g Fuji

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