Fujifilm CP+ presentation: there will be more new lenses in 2021


FujiAddict published a recap of the Fujifilm presentation at the 2021 CP+ show:

  • Fujifilm managers decided to do a talk show format for their CP+2021 stream
  • Fujifilm recently announced 3 lenses the XF 27mm, XF70-300mm, and GF80mm
  • Fujinon XF27mm f/2.8 II
    • The XF27mm weather resistance and an aperture ring to the old XF27mm
    • Users want weather resistance and an aperture ring
    • Fujifilm managed to fit an aperture ring in the same space as the original design
    • There is a lock next to the A position so you don’t accidentally switch the lens to f/16
    • The XF27 + XE4 is very compact together
    • The XF27mm is so thin removing the lens cap can be difficult
    • The new XF27mm also has a dome-shaped hood that it comes with
    • The XF27mm is still thin with the hood attached
    • The new lens hood for the XF27mm can be used with the original design so they will sell it as an accessory
    • The new XF27mm is 6g heavier
    • The optical design of the new and old XF27mm are identical
    • Lenses without aperture rings fall under the XC series now
    • The XF27mm is one of the few lenses that didn’t have an aperture ring
    • From now on all XF lenses will have aperture rings
    • 40mm is a great focal length and everyone should try the XF27mm
  • Fujinon XF70-300mm f/4-5.6
    • The first thing they considered when designing the XF70-300mm was if you don’t carry it around then you aren’t going to benefit from it so keeping it compact was a priority
    • Fujifilm wanted the XF70-300mm to be the same size as the 55-200mm
    • When you increase a lens from 200mm to 300mm it usually grows in size 1.5-2x longer so keeping it small was challenging
    • Fujifilm had to start from scratch to build the XF70-300mm
    • Matching the optics and mechanism was the most important point
    • In the end Fujifilm ended up within 14mm of the 55-200mm and a weight of 580g which is the same weight as the 55-200mm
    • Fujifilm used a two stage barrel design because if the lens is too short it wont work and if it is too long the mechanism wont work
    • The zoom of the XF70-300mm is very smooth
    • Zoom torque is important because it makes it easier to track objects
    • The zoom rotation angle is not too larger and you can go from end to end with a single twist
    • The XF70-300mm is also very well balanced and feels good in the hand
    • The XF70-300mm is very light so you can take it anywhere unlike the XF100-400mm which is a bit heavy
    • The XF70-300mm covers 107-457mm with a close focus distance of 83cm which gives it a maximum shooting magnification of 0.33x which converted to full size is 0.5x macro
    • You can fill the screen with an object smaller than a credit card using the XF70-300mm
      • You can also install a teleconverter on the XF70-300mm so you can get 1.4x or 150-640mm and 2x or 214-914mm so nearly 1000mm, but you lose 1-2 stops of light using a teleconverter
    • The XF70-300mm also has linear motors so the AF is fast and it has 5.5 OIS stops of stabilization
    • The XF70-300mm will be great for nature photography
    • The XF70-300mm pairs well with the XF16-80mm f/4 for travel
  • Fujinon GF80mm f/1.7
    • GF80mm f/1.7 is their 13th lens for GFX
    • The GFX80mm fits right between the GF63mm and GF110mm to fill a gap
      Professional commercial photographers wanted something in this range for portrait fashion studio work
    • The GF80mm f/1.7 is the brightest lens for GFX joining the GF110mm f/2
    • The GF110mm is about 87mm in 35mm terms and the 80mm is about 63mm in 35mm terms
    • The GF80mm f/1.7 has bokeh that dissolves gently and is great for portraiture
    • The GF80mm f/1.7 has beautiful bokeh
    • The GF110 f/2 weighs about 1kg while the GF80mm f/1.7 is 795g which makes it easier to handle
    • Use the 110mm f/2 when you have the space and 80mm f/1.7 when you need to get a little closer
    • Fujifilm created a team of researchers to categorize bokeh and definite when is beautiful bokeh and the GF80mm f/1.7 was designed based on the findings
    • The GF80mm f/1.7 provides resolution and blur which is an entirely different way than usual to design a lens
    • The XF50mm f/1.0 was designed in the same way
    • The bokeh of the GF80mm f/1.7 is as beautiful as the XF50mm f/1
    • The GF110mm f/2 has a lot of bokeh because the longer the focal length the more the subject will stand out and it is very sharp
    • The bokeh shouldn’t stand out it should support the subject
    • Beautiful bokeh is strange because you cant see the bokeh
    • Both the GF110mm and GF80mm have a 77mm filter thread
    • It was hard to make the GF80mm f/1.7 under 800g, but it is a shorter lens which makes the handling very good especial on the GFX100S
    • The GF80mm f/1.7 is moving the heaviest focus group they ever have and the group weighs 200g on its own so a quarter of the lens weight is moved as one unit with focus so it couldn’t use linear motors
    • Fujifilm had to develop a new product for the XF50mm f/1 which was smoother than early DC motor equipped engines
    • You can feel something heavy moving in the GF80mm f/1.7
    • The GF110mm f/2 has linear motors which lets it focus fast with no sound
    • With a GFX50R/50S CDAF body the GF110mm f/2 is more comfortable since there is no vibration
    • The GF110mm f/2 almost keeps up with PDAF
    • DC motors are better for moving heavy elements like in the GF80mm f/1.7 but they aren’t quite
    • Fujifilm will continue improving both XF and GF lenses
  • There will be more lenses in 2021

Via FujiAddict



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