Fujifilm is widening the XF lens range for X-Pro mirrorless cameras featuring the Fuji X mount with the addition of a wide-angle lens, the XF 14mm F2.8R and the first zoom lens for the Fuji X series, the XF 18-55mm F2.8-4R LM OIS, that inaugurate the new LM autofocus motorisation.
Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8R
As expected, Fujifilm comes with the promised lens, the wide-angle 14mm F2.8R. The R stands for “Aperture Ring” which is a key asset to the X-Pro mirrorless cameras UI. This extra short-focal length prime lens becomes a 21mm once mounted on a X-mount X-Pro1 or X-E1 camera. Its optical built of 14 elements in 10 groups has 2 aspherical lenses and 3 ED glass lenses in order to minimize both chromatic aberrations and distorsion. The fugure that Fujifilm told me regarding the distorsion of this 21mm equivalent lens are impressive if true. The Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8R has a circular aperture made of 7 blades.
Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4R LM OIS
The Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4R LM OIS is the first X mount zoom lens for X series cameras. Let me guide you through its specs while looking at its nick name :
- 18-55mm : it is a 27-84mm standard zoom lens mounted on the APS-C cameras it is designed for.
- F2.8-4 : with a gliding aperture, it remains pretty fast, especially at wide-angle, and will beat all basic APS-C 18-55mm kit competitors lenses both DSLR and mirrorless cameras.
- R : the R stands for the manual aperture ring. It this case, as the max aperture is changing while you zoom in and out, the lens barrel does not show the aperture values. But you can zoom and control the aperture setting through this ring. I tried it last Friday in London at Fujifilm’s press event. Works fine.
- OIS : fast lens, yes, but also opticaly stabilized. I like that.
- LM : that is the new stuff ! LM for Linear Motor, the new autoficus drive, built of a dual motorization system for lightning fast focusing. Should be able to focus as fast as 0.1s ! It is also very quiet and therefore suitable for video recording.
The lens will be sold as a bundle with the Fuji X-E1 for €1,299 or $1,399.