Fujifilm launches its first weather resistant XF lens – the FUJINON XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Well we’ve known this was coming already, but Fujifilm have officially announced the [easyazon_link asin=”B00KZHOYSW” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”m06d-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]18-135 f/3.5-5.6 weather resistant lens[/easyazon_link], which is the companion lens to the X-T1.  As I understand it, this lens will form part of a new kit with the X-T1 and will finally give X-T1 owners a fully weather resistant system.

The 18-135 range is approximately 27-202mm which is a good range and means you’re unlikely to need to remove the lens and expose the insides to dust and dirt if you’re in that type of environment.

New firmware will be available for cameras from the 27th June.  I wonder if those updates will bring any other improvements too besides just support for this lens?

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PRESS RELEASE

Fujifilm launches its first weather resistant XF lens – the FUJINON XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

Fujifilm Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the release of its XF18-135mm high magnification, weather resistant, zoom lens. The XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR will be available from July 2014.

16.06.2014

FUJINON XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

X-T1 with FUJINON XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

This latest addition to the company’s line up of profession-grade lenses for X-series interchangeable-lens cameras covers a wide shooting range of 27mm wide-angle to 206mm telephoto equivalent*1. It has the world’s most advanced 5.0-stop image stabilisation technology*2 and features a dust-proof and waterproof structure with weather resistant sealing applied to more than 20 different areas of the lens.

*1 35mm film equivalent
*2 Complies with CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association)standards

Main features

Covering a wide shooting range, from 27mm wide-angle to 206mm telephoto*1

The new XF18-135mm lens is suited to a variety of scene types and subject matters as it covers frequently used angles of view.  These include wide-angle shooting, often used for landscapes and architecture with an excellent sense of perspective (27mm equivalent); a normal angle of view that naturally captures the image as it is (35mm, 40mm, 50mm equivalent); and telephoto, which allows you to zoom right in to capture portraits and sports scenes (85mm, 135mm, 200mm equivalent) with its 7.5x zoom.

To achieve high descriptive performance with sharpness and rich contrast from the wide-angle to the telephoto, high-performance glass including 4 aspherical glass lenses and 2 ED glass lenses has been used.  Multi-layer HT-EBC, which has high permeability (99.8%) and low reflectance (0.2%), is applied to the entire lens to effectively reduce lens flare and ghosting, which often occur in backlight conditions. Utilising the wide zoom range of the lens, there is more freedom in composition and selecting angles.

*1 35mm format equivalent

Fast autofocus (max. 0.1sec.)*2, silent operation

The XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR uses an inner focusing mechanism*3 for rapid autofocus speeds.  This was engineered by making the focus lens lighter and installing a linear motor.  When this lens is combined with an X-series camera body*4 which is compatible with phase detection AF, smooth photography is offered with faster AF.

Linear motor technology which directly drives the focus lens creates low noise for silent operation when shooting movies.

*2 Complies with CIPA guidelines, internal measurement, during high performance mode, according to Fujifilm as of June 2014
*3 Method that moves relatively smaller lenses in the middle or at the end without moving the front which is composed of relatively larger lenses
*4 As of June 2014, “FUJIFILM X-T1” and “FUJIFILM X-E2”
*5 To ensure that autofocus performs as expected, download and install the latest version of the firmware for your camera.

The firmware will need to be downloaded from the following website and will be available from June 27th.

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World’s most advanced 5.0-stop image stabilisation function

In order to achieve the world’s most advanced 5.0-stop image stabilisation performance, the ability to detect movement in the low-frequency band was improved, and an algorithm to accurately sense blur from the detected signal was developed.  Correction performance was doubled in the low-speed shutter range.  This helps to support a lightly-equipped shooting style without the use of a tripod.

The newly adopted high-precision gyro sensor is installed with quartz oscillators which detect movement from high frequency to low frequency bandwidths.

Dust-proof, weather resistant structure

A dust-proof, weatherproof structure with sealing applied to 20 different areas of the lens barrel is resistant to typical atmospheric changes that occur in a natural environment, such as sudden rain, dust, and splashes of water.

In order to improve the feel when adjusting the zoom, a ventilator has been placed on the inside of the base of the lens barrel. The structure effectively prevents dust particles and moisture from getting into the lens to ensure smooth operation.

Designed to be paired with the Fujifilm X-T1 and its dedicated vertical grip VG-XT1 which also have dust-proof and weather resistant bodies.

Light-weight and compact design for excellent portability

The XF18-135mm lens offers a wide shooting range, advanced image stabilization, and a dust-proof, waterproof structure, all in a compact structure.

When combined with the X-T1, the camera and lens weigh a mere 930g. This highly portable weather resistant kit offers much improved flexibility and wider photo opportunities to the photographer.

The adoption of 4 aspherical lenses, each of which delivers the performance of multiple general spherical lenses together, has been used to achieve the lens’ extremely short optical length.  With an easily maneuverable size and good holding balance with the total lens length, a comfortable shooting style is promised.

Specification Chart

Name FUJINON Lens XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR
Lens configuration 16 elements in 12 groups(4 aspherical elements and 2 ED lenses)
Focal length f=18-135mm(35mm format equivalent: 27-206mm)
Angle of view 76.5°- 12°
Maximum aperture F3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture F22
Aperture controlNumber of blades:Step size: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)1/3 step (17 steps)
Focus range Normal: 0.6m~∞Macro: 0.45m~∞
Maximum magnification 0.27x
External dimensions:Maximum diameter x length (approx.)(distance from tip to standard mount flange) φ75.7mm x 97.8mm (Wide-angle) / 158mm (Tele)
Weight (approx.)(excluding lens cap and hood) 490g
Filter size φ67mm

 

Specifications are subject to change.

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor.
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