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Thursday, 07 February 2013


It's a lovely thing and I'm learning how to use it at the moment. Unlike the lens roadmap, which is, what shall we say....speculative. Fuji USA has already said that the 23mm will be up to a year later than announced; likewise the 10-24mm. Not such a big deal, but if (like muggins here, who would use the 23mm 75% of the time) you bought into the X-series early on the basis of the roadmap, you might be feeling a little stupid and a little miffed with Fuji.

The 14mm/21mm outlook on the world is an interesting one: not so extreme as to draw attention to itself, but equally not revealing what's in front of it in a way distinctly different from the eye. It certainly forces you to think hard about the three-dimensional nature of the space in front of you.

Sony could learn a thing or two from Fuji regarding producing lenses to keep folks loyal their cameras. My NEX 7 would love to have a lens such as this attached to it.


Fortunately for Fuji, I'm a dedicated shooter of that focal length.

Unfortunately for Fuji, the equivalent lens for a film camera is about half the money, and the film camera I would use for a 90-degree wideangle cost me $29.

I actually would have switched if the lens was $600, but $900 is a bit much once you add a body.


> Five more XF lenses are planned for this year:

Imaging Resource has an interview with Kayce Baker (director of marketing for professional digital cameras, Fujifilm North America). She says (amongst other things):

"April to May availability for the 55-200mm, as well as the 27mm pancake. For the 10-24mm and 23mm f/1.4, more towards the end of the year or the beginning of 2014."


Incidentally, I found this interview through Thomas Menk's excellent Scoop It page for the X-Pro1 & related Fujifilm cameras.


Take care.

XF14 v Zeiss 21 Comparison


27mm pancake & 55-200 zoon due april / May, and the other 3 due 2nd half of 2013

The lens roadmap is the prime (haha) reason I'm still interested in the Fujis. Their first 5 lenses contain 3 of the 4 lenses I look for in a camera: 50mm, 90mm, 20mm. One of them a macro to make it even better. Now they just need a prime in the 135-200mm range and it's perfect.

If I was in the market for a new digital, I know where I'd look, though having handled it recently, I must say it's bigger than I expected. It dwarfs my M3, especially in thickness and lens size.

This is another example of how the APS-C Mirrored DSLR is going to be the "orphaned" format of the future. How many years have those systems been out, and no one made wide and short tele primes exclusive to the format and of reasonable price. I might buy a 60mm 2.8 Nikon Macro to get a decent 90mm portrait, but I'm not buying a zillion buck 24mm 1.4 lens the size of a coffee can to get a decent 35mm. My recent experiments with micro 4/3rd's, and the very nice and cheap 19mm and 30mm of Sigma, as well as the future purchase of the Oly 12mm and 45mm, and possibly the new 60mm Sigma, means that the Nikon APS-C is going to be languishing in the case until I make the decision to sell it.

APS-C is going to survive as a mirrorless system, and Fuji is making the primes to push that reality.

Tom Kwas: "no one made wide and short tele primes exclusive to the format [APS-C] and of reasonable price"

Whatever you think of the brand, Pentax clearly identified a demand for these angles of view some time ago.

Users of the DA Ltd 21mm (33-equiv) and 70mm (105-equiv) usually consider the prices reasonable for the quality - certainly not cheap, but on the other hand, not in the exotic class - with price and heft kept in check by their moderate speed. There's a 14mm and a small 15mm too, but not the much needed 18mm.

Is very inconvenient that the 23 1.4 will be delayed around a year more. Most professionals use a lot the 35 equivalent point of view. The other related problem is that the Fuji X pro 1 is unusable with the frames for non Fuji lenses. So, purchasing a 24 and an adapter don't works because in bright light the frames are difficult to see.

Oh how I wish we had a prime of this FOV in the micro 43 system. MFT shooters have some great lenses, but Fuji makes things very tempting with their excellent lens lineup. Another example of lens whose equal we could really use in MFT is the Fuji 18-55 f/2.8-4.

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