The super telephoto zoom lens on the Fujifilm X-mount roadmap has been revealed as the XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 at the Photokina 2014, where a prototype of the model is on-display.
Insiders have predicted that Fujifilm will make several announcements at the world’s largest digital imaging event. Now that Photokina 2014 is underway, the company is showing off its latest products, including the X100T and the 56mm f/1.2 APD lens.
Nevertheless, the Japan-based manufacturer has also confirmed the development of multiple optics, which have been present on its X-mount roadmap for a few weeks.
The list also includes the super telephoto zoom model, which has had its focal range and maximum aperture revealed during the event. It appears that the lens will consist of an XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 optic.
Fujifilm XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 lens development announced at Photokina 2014
The rumor mill has been convinced that Fujifilm is working on a super telephoto lens for a very long time. This year, the company has updated its roadmap to include the rumored optic, but the focal length and aperture have not been disclosed until now.
Photokina 2014 has arrived and everything has become clear. The model in question is the Fujifilm XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 lens, which means that it will offer the longest telephoto focal length of the entire X-mount line-up.
Currently, the X-mount lens that takes you closest to a subject is the XF 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7, which provides a 35mm equivalent of 76-350mm. When the XF 140-400mm f/4-5.6 becomes available, it will offer a 35mm equivalent of approximately 210-600mm.
Fuji has not revealed any availability information, but do not expect this product to drop any sooner than mid-2015.
Fujifilm displays three other X-mount prototype lenses
Three other unreleased lenses, which are present on the company’s roadmap, are also being displayed at Photokina 2014, as follows: XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR, XF 16mm f/1.4 R, and XF 90mm f/2 R.
The first is a weathersealed optic with a bright aperture of f/2.8 that is constant throughout the zoom range. Its development has already been confirmed when the weather-resistant X-T1 mirrorless camera has been announced earlier this year.
The second unit is the XF 16mm f/1.4, which is a fast wide-angle lens that will provide a 35mm equivalent of about 24mm.
Last but not least, the XF 90mm f/2 R consists of a bright telephoto optic with a 35mm equivalent of approximately 135mm.
This trio will not become available before 2015, so do not hold your breath over an official launch anytime soon.