A couple of photos depicting the three upcoming Fujifilm weathersealed lenses have been leaked on the web, along with details about the mysterious super telephoto zoom optic.
At the end of January 2014, Fujifilm has made a string of interesting announcements. They included the company’s first weathersealed X-mount camera, called X-T1, which will become available by the end of this months across the world.
Additionally, the Japanese manufacturer has revealed the XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens. This is also the first weathersealed lens in the entire X-mount line-up that is scheduled to become available in the summer for a few hundred dollars.
The company has not stopped there, as two new weatherproof optics will become official in 2014. The press release of the X-T1 launch has revealed some details about the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS and the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS optics.
All three Fujifilm weathersealed lenses pose for camera during special launch event
Nevertheless, prices and specs have not been revealed and the same thing can be said about their pictures. Fortunately, people close to the company’s business have been invited to a special event, where they have been able to snap some photos.
As a result, the three Fujifilm weathersealed lenses that will be released in 2014 have had their photos leaked on the web. All of them seem to feature an aperture ring, beside the zoom and focus rings, allowing photographers to set the aperture directly from the lens.
The addition of the aperture ring means that users will be able to physically set all exposure settings, as the X-T1 camera sports ISO sensitivity and shutter speed dials on its top.
Fujifilm’s super telephoto zoom lens will reportedly offer a 120-400mm focal length range
During the announcement event of the X-T1, Fujifilm has also confirmed that two more optics are scheduled to be unveiled by the end of 2014. One of them is a super telephoto zoom lens, which is one of the few lenses that the X-mount needs to be completed.
As expected, Fuji has not revealed its focal length. Thankfully, the rumor mill is there for us and it is now claiming that this Fujinon optic will offer a range between 120-400mm. Taking the crop factor into consideration, then it would provide a 35mm equivalent of 180-600mm.
The longer end is something that all serious wildlife photographers need, but the aperture still needs to be revealed and it would be amazing if Fuji were to choose a bright one. As usual, this is just a rumor, so do not hold your breath over it.