Fujifilm updates its development roadmap for interchangeable lenses for the X series of digital cameras

Three new interchangeable prime lenses form a 25-lens line-up that supports a wide range of shooting subjects

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) has released an updated roadmap for developing interchangeable lenses for the X series of mirrorless digital cameras.

The latest roadmap adds three new lenses: the compact, lightweight and stylish semi-wide-angle lens XF23mmF2 R WR, the compact mid-telephoto lens, XF50mmF2 R WR and the mid-telephoto 1:1 macro lens XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro. The expanded 25-lens line-up covers extensive angles of view from ultra wide-angle to ultra telephoto, and will now also cover the macro category to further enhance photographic versatility.

Three lenses newly added to the roadmap

Semi wide-angle lens, XF23mmF2 R WR

The semi wide-angle lens XF23mmF2 R WR gives the field of view equivalent to 35mm (in the 35mm film format).  The compact, lightweight and stylish lens features a high-speed autofocus capability, making it perfect for casual snapshots.

Mid-telephoto lens XF50mmF2 R WR

The mid-telephoto lens XF50mmF2 R WR has a field of view equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format). Its beautiful bokeh and high-speed autofocus are ideally suited for portrait photography.

Similarly to the new XF23mmF2 R WR and existing XF35mm F2 R WR lenses, this lens features a compact, lightweight and stylish appearance and creates a new “compact prime trio” range within the complete line-up of interchangeable lenses for X Series digital cameras.

Mid-telephoto 1:1 macro lens XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR

This mid-telephoto macro lens with the field of view equivalent to 122mm (in the 35mm film format) is the X series’ first 1:1 macro interchangeable lens.

It can be mounted with a teleconverter to be used as a telephoto macro lens equivalent to 171mm*1 (in the 35mm film format) with the 1.4x teleconverter and equivalent to 244mm*2 (in the 35mm film format) with the 2x teleconverter.

The lens, covering macro photography from mid-telephoto to telephoto range, also features a high-performance image stabilisation.

*1 The lens’s maximum aperture is reduced to F4 when mounted with the 1.4x teleconverter.

*2 The lens’s maximum aperture is reduced to F5.6 when mounted with the 2x teleconverter.

Changes from the previous roadmap released on February 10, 2015

The XF120mmF2.8 R Macro lens, listed in the previous roadmap, has been replaced with the

XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR to meet the market demand for compact and lightweight lenses. To cater to our customers who were expecting a telephoto macro lens, this new lens is compatible with the existing teleconverters to extend its reach into the telephoto range.

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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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