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Fujifilm Lens Lineup

When Fujifilm launched its new X-series in January 2012, it released three Fujinon lenses alongside the X-Pro1 and promised to quickly build-up a complete interchangeable camera and lens system. At the same time, the company provided its camera users with a roadmap of lenses under development, so that photographers knew what was in the pipeline and did not have to rely on guesswork or rumors to trace out their photo gear future. Five years later, we can say that Fujifilm delivered on the projected expansion of its lens line-up, with more than 20 X-mount lenses, ranging from ultra-wideangle to supertele, being available by 2016. Nevertheless, Fuji continues to update its Fujinon roadmaps to guide its customers in the refinement of their camera and lens portfolio.

The latest roadmap was unveiled in early July 2016. It shows three new Fujifilm XF-lenses for release in 2016 and 2017: A weather-resistant XF 23mm f/2 R WR that offers a 35mm full-frame equivalent field of view, a short (75mm-equivalent) XF 50mm f/2 R WR portrait-prime, and a XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro telephoto macro lens with optical image stabilization, which replaced a 120mm macro lens that was shown on an earlier version of the Fujinon roadmap. Moreover, in an interview with dpreview.com, Fujifilm executives stated that the company is aware of remaining gaps in the XF line-up with respect to long telephoto primes, tilt/shift optics, and fisheye lenses (the long rumored Fujinon XF 8mm f/2.8 ?). So there is hope that we might see some of these type of optics in the not too distant future.

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Fujifilm lens roadmap, July 2016

In addition, the X-mount is being supported by several third-party lens manufacturers. Zeiss already released three Touit lenses with autofocus functionality for Fujifilm cameras between 2012 and 2014. Samyang is offering a sizable range of manual focus primes with native Fuji mount, while China-based Handevision and Meike have equally been selling their lenses in a Fujifilm configuration. Given the success of the X-series among enthusiast photographers, we can reasonably expect that third-party support will get even stronger going forward.

Concerning adapted lenses, Fujifilm is selling an M-mount adapter that makes it possible to use lenses with a Leica M-bayonet on X-series cameras. Hence, many of the excellent rangefinder primes from Leica, Voigtländer or Zeiss can be mounted on an X-mirrorless. There are equally third-party solutions to adapt other brand's lenses to Fujifilm, so that one can fill any remaining gaps in the Fujinon line-up with, for example, a Canon zoom or Leica R tele, but these DSLR optics tend to be a bit bulkier than native X-mount or rangefinder lenses.

New Fujifilm lenses

Feb 2016

Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR

fujifilm 100 400mm 45
  • Red Dot Series X-Mount Lens
  • 152-609mm (35mm Equivalent) Focal Range
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/22
  • Rounded Nine-Blade Diaphragm
  • Five ED Elements and One Super ED Element
  • Fluorine Coating on Front Element
  • Twin Linear Autofocus Motor
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ring-type Ultrasonic Focusing Motor
  • Dust and Moisture-Resistant Construction
  • Minimum focus distance: 1.75m
  • Front filter: E77
  • Diameter: 94.8mm
  • Length: 210.5mm
  • Weight: 1,375g
  • Launch price: $1,899
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
June 2016

Fujifilm XF 2x TC WR Teleconverter

fujifilm 2x teleconverter
  • X Mount Teleconverter
  • 2x Magnification Factor
  • Compatible with XF 50-140mm and XF 100-400mm
  • Enables Metering, Autofocus, and OIS
  • Nine Elements in Five Groups
  • Weather-Sealed Construction
  • Diameter: 58mm
  • Length: 30.2mm
  • Weight: 170g
  • Launch price: $449
  • Street Price: check availability at Amazon
Fall 2016

Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 R WR

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  • Autofocus wide-angle prime for X-mount
  • 35mm full frame equivalent angle of view
  • Smaller and lighter than XF 23mm f/1.4 (pictured)
  • Weather resistant
  • Launch price: lower than XF 23mm f/1.4
2017

Fujifilm XF 50mm f/2 R WR

fujifilm 35mm 20
  • AF portrait prime for X-mount
  • 75mm full frame equivalent angle of view
  • Similar in size and weight as XF 35mm f/2 (pictured)
  • Weather resistant
  • Launch price: to be determined
2017

Fujifilm XF 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro

fujifilm 60mm 24
  • AF macro lens for X-mount
  • 120mm full frame equivalent angle of view
  • 1:1 life-size magnification
  • Longer focal length alternative to the XF 60mm f/2.4 (pictured)
  • Linear autofocus motor
  • Optical image stabilization
  • Weather resistant
  • Launch price: to be determined

The table below lists the core specifications of native Fuji-mount lenses for ease of comparison. Fujifilm defines two main lens lines: the XF-series provides "highest quality and technologies", while the XC-line is "compact and casual". Indeed, XC zoom lenses are often bundled with X-mount cameras to offer attractively priced kits. The second (2015) versions of the XC 16-50mm and the XC 50-230mm are cosmetically and optically very similar to the first (2013) version releases, but offer better build quality, smoother operation, and more effective image stabilization.

Headline Specifications of X-Mount Lenses
Wideangle Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Samyang 8mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-Eye CS II MF no no 101.4 75.0 515 2012 329 latest check
Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS MF no no 132.4 87.0 625 2013 599 latest check
Fujifilm XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS AF 72 no 87.0 78.0 410 2013 999 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.0 NCS CS MF 67 no 59.4 72.5 260 2014 349 latest check
Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 AF 67 no 86.0 82.0 270 2012 699 latest check
Samyang 12mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS FISH-EYE MF no no 99.0 77.3 530 2014 499 latest check
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC MF no no 122.4 87.0 575 2010 399 latest check
Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R AF 58 no 58.4 65.0 235 2012 899 latest check
Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 R WR AF 67 YES 73.0 73.0 375 2015 999 latest check
Samyang 16mm f/2.0 ED AS UMC CS MF 77 no 115.7 83.0 615 2013 399 latest check
Fujifilm XF 18mm f/2 R AF 52 no 41.0 65.0 116 2012 599 latest check
Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC CS MF 58 no 67.9 64.3 290 2015 499 latest check
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R AF 62 no 63.0 72.0 300 2013 899 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC MF 77 no 123.8 83.0 630 2011 599 latest check
Samyang 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Tilt/Shift MF 82 no 136.0 86.0 745 2012 999 latest check
Meike 25mm f/0.95 MF 55 no 101.0 64.0 540 2016 659 latest check
Standard Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS AF 58 no 65.2 62.6 195 2013 199 - check
Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II AF 58 no 65.0 63.0 195 2015 199 latest check
Fujifilm XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR AF 77 YES 106.0 83.0 655 2015 1199 latest check
Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS AF 58 no 70.0 65.0 310 2012 699 latest check
Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR AF 67 YES 98.0 76.0 490 2014 899 latest check
Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 AF 39 no 23.0 61.0 78 2013 449 latest check
Meike 28mm f/2.8 MF 49 no 29.0 60.4 102 2016 89 latest check
Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 AF 52 no 60.0 65.0 210 2012 499 latest check
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 137.8 83.0 780 2011 599 latest check
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4 R AF 52 no 55.0 65.0 187 2012 599 latest check
Meike 35mm f/1.7 MF 49 no 41.0 60.5 176 2016 89 latest check
Fujifilm XF 35mm f/2 R WR AF 43 YES 45.9 60.0 170 2015 399 latest check
Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 MF 67 no 128.0 74.0 1200 2014 2080 latest check
Tele Focus
System
(type)
Front
Filter
(type)
Weather
Sealing
(y/n)
Overall
Length
(mm)
Max
Diameter
(mm)
Lens
Weight
(g)
Launch
Date
(year)
Launch
Price
(USD)
Street
Price
(amazon)
Used
Price
(ebay)
Samyang 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC CS MF 62 no 74.5 67.5 380 2015 549 latest check
Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC MF 77 no 101.0 81.6 605 2014 499 latest check
Meike 50mm f/2.0 MF 49 no 41.0 60.5 188 2016 89 latest check
Zeiss Touit 50mm f/2.8 AF 52 no 91.0 65.0 290 2014 999 latest check
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR AF 72 YES 176.0 83.0 995 2014 1599 latest check
Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS AF 58 no 111.0 69.0 375 2013 399 - check
Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II AF 58 no 111.0 69.0 375 2015 399 latest check
Fujifilm XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS AF 62 no 118.0 75.0 580 2013 699 latest check
Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R AF 62 no 70.0 73.0 405 2014 999 latest check
Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD AF 62 no 70.0 73.0 405 2014 1499 latest check
Fujifilm XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro AF 39 no 71.0 64.0 215 2012 649 latest check
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC MF 72 no 101.0 78.0 610 2013 399 latest check
Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2 R LM WR AF 62 YES 105.0 75.0 540 2015 949 latest check
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED UMC MACRO MF 67 no 149.4 72.5 770 2015 599 latest check
Fujifilm XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR AF 82 YES 211.0 95.0 1375 2016 1899 latest check
Samyang 135mm f/2.0 ED UMC MF 77 no 148.4 82.0 880 2015 599 latest check
Samyang 300mm f/6.3 ED UMC CS MF 58 no 74.1 64.5 320 2013 299 latest check

Further Reading

One of the advantages of mirrorless cameras is the short flange to focal distance that makes it possible to use a variety of legacy lenses via adapters. Thus, the excellent Leica R-lenses, for example, can be mounted on to an X-series camera, as can most Leica M-mount optics. Or, if you just want to experiment with some unusual focal length without spending too much, what about some of the legacy lenses in the Soligor catalog?