First Look of the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS at Fujirumors by Rico Pfirstinger

Please note that Rico Pfirstinger test a pre-production model of the newly announced telephoto zoom lens.

"If you already know Fuji’s 18-55mm kit zoom lens, the new telephoto zoom will immediately feel familiar. It’s obvious that Fujifilm wants you to buy this zoom as an extension to your already existing standard zoom. Both lenses offer the same key features: a manual focus ring, an aperture ring without engravings, a zoom ring, an optical image stabilizer (OIS) and fast/silent linear autofocus motors. Everything is located in the same place: There’s one switch to turn the OIS on and off, and there’s another one to toggle the lens between automatic and manual aperture settings. Design, build quality and used materials appear to be quite similar, as well."

FUJIFILM X-Mount Lens Roadmap latest updates , and it includes a couple of Carl Zeiss lenses

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is issuing an updated version of the roadmap for FUJIFILM X-mount lenses for its FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1 compact system cameras. This is further to the last XF lens roadmap issued in June 2012.

In response to the large amount of feedback and many requests from users regarding its interchangeable lenses, Fujifilm aims to further improve the quality and has carried out a review of the lens design and has added new technology.

When you combine the below 10 XF Lenses with the three X-Mount Lenses that Carl Zeiss announced in September 2012*, there will soon be 13 high-performance lenses available for the X-Mount system which should meet the needs of every photographer and will support a wider range of photography from ultra-wide-angle at 15mm** to super-telephoto at 305mm**. . . . read more

Fujifilm announces the second zoom lens for the X-Mount the XF 55-200mm telephoto lens

The new telephoto zoom lens will feature a linear motor for high-speed AF performance and up to 4.5 stops image stabilization.

Fujifilm Press Release:

Launch of the first telephoto zoom for the XF Lens series: FUJINON XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

Fast aperture of F3.5-4.8 across the entire zoom range and outstanding image stabilisation

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the launch of the new “FUJINON XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS” lens for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 compact system cameras.

FUJINON XF lenses feature advanced lens engineering, capable of drawing the maximum performance out of the highly-descriptive “X-Trans CMOS Sensor” in the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras.  The new FUJINON XF55-200mm lens produces sharp images across its entire zoom range, well resolved corner-to-corner.  The fast F3.5-4.8 lens facilitates image capture in scenes requiring a fast shutter speed.  Its image stabilisation function enables the use of shutter speeds 4.5 stops slower, preventing camera shake even when shooting hand-held in low-light, or at a stopped down aperture.  Furthermore, it is built to include two linear motors for high-speed AF of 0.28 seconds*1, instantaneously focusing on your subject. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 14mm review by Klaus Schroiff at Photozone

The XF 14mm is the most expensive fujinon lens, and fortunately, it shows:

"The Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R is a highly attractive ultra-wide lens with few shortcomings. The most important factor for an ultra-wide lens is certainly image sharpness and the Fujinon delivers here. It is bitingly sharp in the image center and good to very good in the outer image region. The very low CAs contribute to the high quality perception. Distortions are basically absent - even in RAW data - which is surprising for such a wide lens and even more so for a mirrorless one. . . . read more

Fujifilm XF 14mm f2.8 R Lens Review by Mark Goldstein at Photography Blog

"The Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R's auto-focus system is its minor weak-point, with a slight delay before locking focus and a rather loud mechanism. On the plus side it offers a generously wide focusing ring, a very welcome aperture ring which makes it quick, easy and precise to set this key element of exposure, and an innovative focus collar for quickly switching between auto an manual focus, the latter coming complete with a focusing distance scale with depth-of-field markings that makes it easier to zone-focus. The lens mount is made of metal and, thanks to an internal focusing (IF) system, the front element and filter thread do not rotate on focus, which is very good news for those using polarisers and ND grads on a regular basis. . . . read more

FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R opinions, hand-on, user reviews, and 'oohs and aahs' roundup.

FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R lens review

The X-Transians have gotten their first wide angle prime, and the reports keep pouring in. Here are 6 of the most memorable-almost religious experiences, to be found around the Interwebs: 

First, we've got Ray from FujiXspot, who takes the 14mm Fujinon for a full workout on the streets of Philadelphia, and ends up with some decision dilemmas:
"So, there's no doubt in my mind that the 14mm is an excellent lens in any respect that matters. My only hesitance is still based on a combination of price and wondering if I'll use it enough to justify it. The other lenses I have similar costs into are the Olympus 12 and 75. The 12 is probably my most-used lens, so no question there." . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review at Photozone: You can't go wrong with the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS, if you can get a good sample. "

'A good sample'? I think this is the second review of this lens that mentions it..what's up with the QC Fuji? The anonymous reviewer from Photozone shares some more insight into this issue:

"The Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS may be the hottest reason to enter the Fuji system. It is amazingly sharp throughout the zoom and relevant aperture range. The amount of lateral CAs is generally quite low with the exception of 55mm @ f/4. The Fujinon is not without flaws, of course. Technically it suffers from a high barrel distortion at 18mm and the vignetting is a bit too high at max. aperture. However, these aspects are taken care of either by the camera itself or external RAW converters so you don't need to worry from a user perspective. The quality of the bokeh (out-of-focus) blur is pretty good for a standard zoom lens but it cannot rival the best prime lenses, of course. . . . read more

Fujifilm finally posts firmware updates for the X-E1, X-Pro1 cameras and the XF 35mm lens, hiccups reported by users.

Some quick notes on user reactions: Apparently the XF 35mm firmware upgrade makes the lens noisier in operation, at least that's what many people report.
The X-E1 update does not result in as dramatic AF speed improvements as the earlier X-Pro1 update did. The camera DOES focus more accurately now, especially with the 18-55mm kit lens, but many users claim it does so at the expense of speed. And finally, one big issue Fujifilm did not resolve is the much wanted minimum shutter speed at auto Iso setting. Finally, Rico Pfirstinger has posted some nice tips about firmware upgrading on Fujifilm bodies: . . . read more

Kent Johnson shoots a fashion jewellery campaign for Oumura with the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and the Fujinon XF 35mmF1.4 R Lens.

Another day, another pro photographer that dares to make the move to mirrorless gear. Here, Kent supplies a lot of photographs with his essay, and some X-Pro1 out of camera Jpeg vs Adobe Lightroom vs Silkypix raw files rendering comparisons. Also, kudos for not stripping the EXIFs out the photos.

"For me the decision to use the Fuji X-Pro1 on this shoot was definitely the right call. The Camera and the XF35mmF1.4 R were a perfect combination for the contemporary fashion look and feel we were after from the shoot. The image quality is superb and the cameras ability to focus accurately and quickly (in that order) allowed me to focus more on what was happening in front of the camera; the shots, than worrying if the shots were really in focus or not. And as I wrote in my X-Pro1 review on Street Fashion Sydney; this is a camera that enhances your photography instead of hindering it.  Love it! . . . read more

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS vs FUJINON XF14mm f/2.8 R vs Panasonic G Vario 7-14mm f/4.0 ASPH vs Olympus M.Zuiko 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens sharpness comparison at DSLR Check.

That's a whole train of wide angle mirrorless system lenses, and it seems the caboose* has derailed somehow, pretty soft and fringy compared to the other 3, BUT it was used with a GH3, not the best of combinations. Kudos to Sony to make such a sharp wideangle (used with a NEX-5R) zoom lens, they had a slow start but seem to have begun catching up by now. As for the Fujinon xf 14mm (mounted on the X-E1), it performs as expected, very sharp with no visible Chromatic Aberrations. The PanaLeica 7-14mm falls a bit behind, but it is the oldest lens of the bunch, by a wide (heh) margin. Click on the image for the full thing. For those daring enough to delve through the Google translated text, here's a snip: . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF14mm f/2.8 R lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: I was surprised at how sharp it was wide open – now I have to go and clean the house after noticing the particles of dust in this image :)

Roël​ tested this lens on a X-Pro1 body, and Kudos to him for leaving the EXIF information intact. Too many reviewers remove the EXIF nowadays, why?

"One thing that I have come to appreciate over the past year is that Fujifilm knows how to design/build high quality lenses and their XF 14mm f/2.8 R is no exception. They also have listened to photographer’s feedback and incorporated better manual focus (plus other items such as focus/DOF lens markings) which made this lens really nice to use.  Combine that with its excellent optical quality and you have a winner – especially if you are in the market for a wide angle lens for your X-Pro1/X-E1. $US 899.99 might seem a bit steep to some buyers, but I believe it is fairly . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Roel Dixon-Mahatoo: Wide open, it is sharp and bitingly so when stopped down.

Roel takes the XF 18-55mm to the Bahamas and slaps it on his X-Pro1:

The Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS zoom lens is a fine addition to the X camera system.   Fujifilm has a long history of building lenses with high optical quality and it shows.  Having used the initial (and excellent) three prime lenses for the X cameras during the past year, I was curious to see how this (first) zoom would perform.

It did not disappoint. . . . read more

Fujifilm posts full sized image samples from the Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 lens.

Fujifilm is not a manufacturer ashamed of its cameras high ISO capabilities, and it shows in this gallery, with pictures shot from ISO 200 up to ISO 3200. More statistics: Aperture range used is f/2.8 to f/5.6, all shots made in some film simulation mode, with both X-E1 and X-Pro1 being used. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS Lens review by Patrick Leong at Finding Range: Image quality has the same wonderful characteristics as the other XF lenses.

The Lens was tested on the X-Pro1 and X-E1 bodes.

"Like I said in the beginning of this review: I’m stubborn, and stuck in my old ways.  I only like OVF’s.  I only like prime lenses.  But something about this zoom just made me go for it, and I’m really glad I did.  It retains all of the main attributes we all love about the the XF Series lenses, such as, beautiful contrast, color rendition, sharpness, and three-dimensional appeal but in a way that greatly expands the capability, and versatility of the X-Series mirrorless cameras.  Yeah, I can take a stand by saying that it’s a zoom, and I’m only a fixed focal length kind of guy but bottom line is that . . . read more

Fujifilm issues firmware ver. 1.1 for the Fujinon 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 lens.

This is the only fix provided in this release: "mitigate any high frequency noise from the optical image stabilization module which can very occasionally occur when the lens is used at extremely low temperatures"

Fujinon Super EBC XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens review at Photo Review

On the X-E1 body the review lens provides fast, quiet and smooth auto focusing, while also handling smoothly for manual focusing. It was possible to focus very accurately in manual mode, particularly with the viewfinder, although the monitor was also usable, despite its relatively low resolution. Subjective assessments of test shots showed them to be sharp across most of the frame. Image stabilization was reliable for up to three stops and able to be pushed a further stop (or more) if you're prepared to tolerate some misses.
Imatest showed it to be capable of matching – and at times exceeding – expectations for the X-E1's 16-megapixel sensor, with best performance between one and three f-stops smaller than the maximum aperture. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests at the four indicated focal lengths.
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Fujifilm announces two new X mount lenses.

The Fujinon XF 14mm F2.8 R and 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS are the latest additions to the X mount lens range, bringing the total lens count to 5. We'll expect these lenses to show the usual treats of Fujinon lenses, like excellent optics and robust build quality

Fuji Press Release

Expanding the FUJINON XF Lens line up for FUJIFILM’s X series interchangeable cameras

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is pleased to announce the launch of two new models to the FUJINON XF Lens range bringing the total number of lenses available to five, offering much broader photographic appeal. . . . read more

FujiFilm FUJINON XF35mm f/1.4 R lens review (tested with a Fujifilm X-Pro1) at Photo Review: Excellent performance, and robust build quality.

Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R lens review tested with a Fujifilm X-pro1.

"With JPEG files from the X-Pro 1 camera, the review lens produced the highest resolution figures of the three  XF lenses we tested. Resolution in our Imatest testing exceeded expectations between f/2.8 and f/5.6, with f/8 just falling short of the f/2.8 figure, probably as a result of diffraction.

There was a noticeable drop in resolution from f/8 but resolution remained acceptably high up to f.16 and produced acceptably sharp images. Corner softening was less evident than with the XF18mm f/2 R lens and the lens delivered excellent flatness of field from about f/2.8 through to f/16. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests.

Lateral chromatic aberration remained towards the lower end of the 'negligible' band all the way from f/1.4 to f/16. In the graph below, which shows the results of our Imatest tests, the red line marks the boundary between negligible and low CA. . . . read more

FujiFilm FUJINON XF18mm f/2 R Lens Review (tested with a Fujifilm X-Pro1) at Photo Review: Excellent performance and robust build quality, as all Fujinon prime lenses.

FujiFilm FUJINON XF18mm f/2 R Lens Review tested with a fujifilm X-pro1

"The review lens produced excellent results in our Imatest testing, based on JPEG files from the X-Pro 1 camera. Resolution exceeded expectations for the sensor's resolution across a relatively wide range of apertures, from f/2.8 to f/5.6, with f/4 just pipping the post with the highest resolution.

Diffraction began to kick in at f/8 but resolution remained acceptably high at f.16 and produced acceptably sharp images. Corner softening was least visible at f/5.6, although corners remained fairly sharp at f/8 through to f/16. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests.

Lateral chromatic aberration was mostly at a 'negligible' level, just creeping into the 'low' level at f/16. In the graph below, which shows the results of our Imatest tests, the red line marks the boundary between negligible and low CA. . . . read more

Fujifilm Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro Lens review (tested with a Fujifilm X-pro1) at Photo Review: Superior performance and robust build quality, but not a true 1:1 Macro.

Fujinon XF 60mm f/2.4 R Macro lens review test on a fujifilm X-pro1

"Of the three lenses supplied with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1, the 60mm lens produced the least deviations between centre and edge resolution in our Imatest tests. This flatness of field was maintained throughout the aperture range of the lens, which spanned fro, f/2.4 to f/22 (the smallest aperture setting for the trio).

Peak resolution was obtained at f/8, with a steady upward climb from f/2.4. Diffraction began to have an obvious effect on resolution at f/16, although resolution remained acceptably high at f/22. This is handy when you need extra depth-of-field for close-up shots. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests.

Lateral chromatic aberration was extremely low throughout the lens's aperture range. In the graph below, which shows the results of our Imatest tests, the red line marks the boundary between negligible and low CA. . . . read more

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