Fujifilm is rumored to announce a new XF 35mm f/1.4 lens sometime in the near future, as the current model continues to be out of stock at various retailers.
A new chapter in the saga of the Fujifilm 2014-2015 lens roadmap has just been written, but this time it is also meant to clear some confusion created over the past few weeks.
Additionally, there is a new rumor in town, revealing that the Japanese company is developing a replacement for an existing lens: the XF 35mm f/1.4.
New Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 lens is in the works and is coming soon, rumor mill says
Fujifilm is rapidly expanding its X-mount lens line-up. This year, the Japan-based company will launch the first weathersealed optics of the series. A total of three models, such as the XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS WR, and the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS WR, will be released by the end of 2014.
Furthermore, the official roadmap is telling us that a high-speed wide-angle lens is coming this fall, while a super-telephoto zoom lens will become official sometime in late 2014 or early 2015.
Nevertheless, there are other optics that Fujifilm is currently working on and, according to a source who has been right in the past
The new Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 lens will be compatible with all X-mount interchangeable lens cameras and will surely provide a higher optical quality. However, the specs, price, release date, and other technical specs have not been revealed for now.
When mounted on Fujifilm mirrorless cameras, it will provide a 35mm equivalent of about 52.5mm. The current 35mm f/1.4 is out of stock at various retailers, including Amazon, which says that it will ship the lens “within 1 to 2 months”, suggesting that a replacement is nearing.
Fujifilm’s first weathersealed X-mount lens will feature a maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6
In the meantime, the rumor mill is attempting to correct a previous suggestion. Unfortunately, it seems like the Fuji XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens will not have its maximum aperture brightened at the telephoto end.
Previous information has been showing that the lens will actually have a maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.8 instead of f/3.5-5.6. The company has also displayed a mock-up of the optic with the faster aperture at the CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2014. However, it seems like the confusion is over now, as the lens will come packed with the original specs list.
On the other hand, the aforementioned high-speed wide-angle lens will consist of the XF 16mm f/1.4, while the super-telephoto zoom lens will consist of the XF 120-400mm OIS. Stay tuned, more details are coming soon!