Fujifilm has been a mainstay for portrait and street photographers with its revolutionary line of X-series mirrorless cameras. With simple, intuitive dial-based controls hearkening back to film days, and a system of compact yet powerful APS-C crop sensor bodies and astoundingly sharp Fujinon lenses, the only thing Fujifilm had lacked was fast glass for professionals in other fields.
No longer – Earlier, Fujifilm launched the XF200mm F2 R LM OIS WR and XF8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR, which are professional-grade weather resistant lens options that add coverage to both ends of the focal length range with their full-frame equivalent lengths of 305mm and 12-24mm. Both lenses sport linear focusing motors for the best autofocus performance.
The XF8-16mm F2.8 R LM WR is an ultra-wide lens with a fast f2.8 aperture, designed with landscapes and astrophotography in mind. With 20 elements in 13 groups, six ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements and three super ED elements, the XF8-16mm has been calibrated to provide edge-to-edge sharpness while maintaining a low field curvature. The weather sealing onboard works in tandem with Fujifilm’s weather resistant bodies, the X-H1 and the X-T2, providing sealing at 11 points.
The XF200mm F2 R LM OIS WR prime brings one of Fujifilm’s most complex lens designs to its X-series lens lineup. With 19 elements in 14 groups, the XF200 has a one-of-a-kind large-diameter super ED element that utilises a newly-developed polishing technique. The lens has a magnesium alloy chassis weather sealed at 17 points and coated in a heat-reflecting coat of paint to ensure performance even during hot days. At a full-frame focal length equivalent of 305mm, the XF200mm has an optical image stabilisation system that Fujifilm claims is able to provide up to five stops of shake reduction.
Ergonomics is no issue with a button that snaps the focus to a preset distance, which is useful in all action scenarios be it a bait point for nature photographers, goalpost for sports photographers, or section of a road for automotive photographers. To ensure you are always ready, the lens locks the elements in place when not focussing, meaning you get your last distance focused when you bring your camera to your eye.
The XF200mm F2 lens combines its massive reach and super fast aperture, and would be useful in a wide variety of situations. For even greater reach, the XF200mm F2 LM OIS WR comes bundled with a 1.4x teleconverter, which bumps the full-frame equivalent focal length up to 427mm.
With the announcement of these long-awaited lenses, Fujifilm has also announced a spate of other lenses to expect in the next few years: the XF16mm F2.8 R WR, XF16-80mm F4 OIS R WR, and – our favourite – the XF 33 F1 R WR. With an equivalent focal length of 50mm, the XF33 F1 R WR have be the fastest aperture found on any OEM mirrorless lens to date – something bokeh addicts would pay a pretty penny for. There is currently no other news on pricing and availability of these lenses.