Fujifilm has officialized the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens, which has become the second weathersealed optic aimed at X-mount mirrorless cameras.
The first X-mount weathersealed lens was released this summer by Fujifilm. The XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR is now joined by Fuji’s second weathersealed lens, one with a constant aperture throughout the zoom range: the Fujinon XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR.
Fujifilm launches its second weather-resistant lens for X-mount cameras
A weathersealed lens on a high-performance rugged camera, such as the X-T1, would not mean anything without superior optical performance. This is what the new Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens is trying to offer and it has the specs list to prove it.
The optic is made out of 23 elements split into 16 groups. It includes a handful of Extra Low Dispersion (ED) elements and one Super Extra Low Dispersion (Super ED) element, which are cutting down chromatic aberration.
The company has covered the lens in its own HT-EBC coating, in order to reduce ghosting and flare, thus increasing the image quality. Additionally, the product uses Nano-GI technology, a new system that changes the refractive index of the space between the glass and the air, in order to further diminish ghosting and flare effects.
Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens comes with Triple Linear Motor and unique OIS system
Fujifilm has decided to put more new technologies into its weathersealed optic, beside the Nano-GI coating. The list includes the world’s first Triple Linear Motor, which makes sure that the autofocus is quick and silent.
This Triple Linear Motor is joined by an inner zooming system, meaning that the lens will maintain its length even when the user is zooming at the telephoto end.
The optical image stabilization technology is also new. It includes a gyroscopic sensor and an improved algorithm, both working together at reducing the effects of hand and camera shakes, so that blur does not appear in the photos.
A minimum focusing distance of one meter sits at users disposal, so photographers will have to use zooming methods to get really close to their subjects.
The Fujifilm XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR lens will offer a 35mm equivalent of approximately 76-213mm. As stated above, it will maintain a constant maximum aperture throughout its zoom range, meaning that photographers can use the f/2.8 aperture regardless of the selected focal length.
This product measures 82.9mm in diameter, 175.9mm in length, and has a 72mm filter size. Its weight stands at about 995 grams, so some users might consider it a tad heavy.
Fuji says that the lens will be released this December for a price of $1,599.95. Amazon is listing the optic for pre-order and says that it will ship it as of October 20 for the aforementioned price.