The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens will be released sometime in June 2014, while the other pair of weathersealed X-mount lenses will become available in September.
Towards the end of January 2014, Fujifilm has launched its first X-series weathersealed mirrorless camera. The new Fuji X-T1 is already available on the market and, although some batches have a light leak issue, the MILC has received a warm welcome from users and reviewers alike.
Unfortunately, there are not very many weathersealed lenses at photographers’ disposal. Actually, you cannot take advantage of the camera’s weather resistant capabilities because a WR X-mount lens is not available, yet.
Fujifilm XF 18-135mm WR lens release date delayed until June 2014
The Fujifilm X-T1 is paired with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS lens, which is not weathersealed. The first WR model will be the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens that the company said it is coming in early 2014.
Nevertheless, it seems like the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm WR lens release date has been delayed until June 2014 due to unknown reasons. The information comes from the rumor mill, which has been claiming that the product will become available in late April or early May.
In the meantime, Amazon is selling the X-T1 for a price under $1,300.
Fuji is actually back to its initial launch plans
Initially, Fujifilm has said that its first weather resistant lens will go on sale in June as a kit for the X-T1 for an unknown price. However, a lot of Fujifilm representatives and even the company’s website have begun spreading the news that the optic is actually being readied for an “early 2014” launch.
Taking into account the latest gossip talks, it appears that Fuji has gone back to its first statement, meaning that the photographers will have to wait until they are able to shoot photos in the rain or other harsh conditions.
It is worth noting that the X-T1 could be just fine after a photo session in the rain, but the lens used in the shooting will probably not be the same, so it would be better to remain patient.
Two other Fujifilm WR zoom lenses coming in September or so
Fujifilm is still working on its weathersealed lens line-up. The XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS WR and XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS WR lenses are reportedly coming later this year.
Inside sources are claiming that a September 2014 release date is the most likely, but it would not be a major surprise if one of them were to be launched after that timeframe.
Meanwhile, the recently-unveiled TCL-X100 tele conversion lens for the Fujifilm X100s will probably be put up for sale in April.