Fujifilm is rumored to announce a new X-mount lens with a focal length range of 18mm to 250mm and a maximum aperture of f/3.6-6.5 that would be ideal for travel photographers.
The X-mount lens line-up is constantly growing and evolving. Fujifilm has just launched a weathersealed camera earlier this year, the X-T1, while three weather-resistant high-end lenses are on their way. However, the company is also looking at the bottom of the market where consumers do not have much money to spend.
Entry-level photographers want to buy decent devices at low prices. Fuji is already offering a couple of relatively cheap cameras, the X-A1 and the X-M1, as well as a bunch of inexpensive optics. Still, the X-mount is not a complete system and there are a few gaps that need to be filled.
The next step in adding more versatility to the X-mount system is the launch of an all-round zoom lens aimed at travel photographers. According to a leaked patent, the Fujifilm 18-250mm f/3.6-6.5 lens is the company’s attempt at providing an all-in-one optic for photographers who do not want to carry multiple lenses in their bag.
Fujifilm 18-250mm f/3.6-6.5 lens patent describes an all-round solution for travel photographers
Before releasing a product on the market, a company must patent it first in order to make sure that nobody steals its idea. Fujifilm has recently applied for a patent describing a travel zoom lens would offer a maximum aperture of f/3.6-6.5.
The 18-250mm lens would provide a 35mm equivalent of approximately 27-375mm, which should be enough for photographers who want to travel light while getting closer to the action.
It is obvious that image quality will not be top notch as the aperture at the telephoto end is a bit slow. However, this is the compromise users are making when it comes to all-round optics.
This would be the first all-in-one zoom lens of Fujifilm’s X-mount line-up
For the time being, Fujifilm is already offering some solutions for travel photographers with a passion for telephoto focal lengths. Nevertheless, the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS and the XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS do not offer any wide-angle capabilities.
As stated above, it is very likely that the new 18-250mm f/3.6-6.5 lens would be targeted at entry-level users, such as the X-A1 and X-M1 owners.