Fujifilm has finally made a decision when it comes to the exact announcement date of the XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens and now it seems like the optic will get a proper launch event on June 16.
It is already-known that Fujifilm launched its first weathersealed X-series camera at the beginning of 2014. Along with the new X-T1 mirrorless camera, the company has revealed the development of three weathersealed lenses.
One of them, the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, has been scheduled for a June 2014 release date. Additionally, there have been unconfirmed reports that the optic would be properly announced sometime in May 2014. However, the announcement never came, nor the release date.
Recently, it has been rumored that the lens was delayed until July 2014, while its announcement event will take place in mid-June. Inside sources are back with more information, claiming that the weathersealed zoom lens will finally become official on June 16.
Fujifilm XF 18-135mm lens announcement event rumored to take place on June 16
The news that the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens will be revealed on June 16 is great for users who have purchased a Fuji X-T1 camera.
Photographers will finally be able to use the shooter in combination with a weathersealed optic, meaning that they will no longer have to worry about weather conditions.
Light rain, dust, dirt, and other external factors will not force photographers to pack up their gear and head home. Instead, Fujifilm is aiming to allow users to keep firing the shutter without any worries.
As a result, the XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens has been created and it will be followed later this year by the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS WR and the XF 50-1400mm f/2.8 R OIS WR lenses.
More Fujifilm X-mount lenses to be unveiled by the end of 2014
Fujifilm will add even more optics to the X-mount line-up. The Japan-based company has confirmed that a super telephoto zoom optic is coming soon along with a high-speed wide-angle model. The rumor mill says that these two are the XF 120-400mm OIS and XF 16mm f/1.4, respectively.
What is not specified in the official roadmap is the possibility of releasing two other optics. A new XF 35mm f/1.4 lens could be launched by the end of 2014, while an XF 90mm f/2 telephoto optic is also on track to be unveiled in late 2014 or early 2015.
We should hear more information during the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm lens announcement event, so stay tuned as the details you want to know are coming on June 16!