Fujifilm is rumored to hold a proper product launch event for the weathersealed XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS lens on Memorial Day which falls on May 26, 2014.
The first weathersealed camera of the X-mount series was announced in late January 2014 by Fujifilm. The Japanese company introduced the long-rumored X-T1 at the time, a mirrorless camera that has quickly become available at various retailers in the US.
The manufacturer has also revealed the fact that the weather-resistant shooter will be followed by a trio of weathersealed lenses. The XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS lens will be the first to be released, while the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS and the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS will become available by the end of 2014.
According to the rumor mill, the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens will get a proper announcement event on May 26, meaning that we will learn its full specs list, release date, and price among other details on Memorial Day.
Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens announcement date set for May 26
This year, the Memorial Day falls on May 26. This is an important holiday in the US, as it is meant to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in the US Armed Forces. The Memorial Day is an annual holiday which is celebrated on the last Monday of May.
The information that Fuji will announce its first WR lens on May 26 comes from a new source, who has not provided other rumors in the past. This means that you will have to take it with a pinch of salt.
Nevertheless, we need to remember that Fujifilm has previously said that the lens is coming in June 2014, so a launch date at the end of May is the last chance of keeping that promise.
Fuji to sell the XF 18-135mm WR lens for $200 more than the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens
The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens has been rumored to sport a different maximum aperture at the telephoto end.
Fuji has displayed an 18-135mm f/3.5-4.8 prototype at the CP+ 2014 event, making us think that the specs have been changed after the initial announcement.
More recent details have confirmed that the aperture will remain at f/3.5-5.6, although users would have preferred to use the 135mm focal length with an f/4.8 aperture.
Either way, the lens will provide a 35mm focal length equivalent of 27-202.5mm, while its price is believed to be $200 bigger than the price of the 18-55mm f/2.8-4 lens, which is available for about $700 at Amazon.