I've been waiting for the big introductory day to mention the hot new Fuji XF lens, officially (and magisterially) called the Fujinon XF 50–140mm ƒ/2.8 R LM OIS WR. The last two mean image stabilization and water-resistance (meaning: withstands some rain, but don't soak it in a bucket). The lens is Fuji's answer to the classic fast professional medium-long zoom, for many years a staple of most professional photographers' kit bags.
So when I went to bed last night it was still in "Pre-Order" status at Amazon and B&H. This morning, Amazon had some...but not any more. Sold out. They're gone.
B&H is still not listing them as of this writing, so if you want one soon, get over there and get in line.
[UPDATE: I just spoke to B&H Photo, and it's possible they also already exhausted their first shipment fulfilling pre-orders—my contact didn't have an easy way of checking. However, he told me they're expecting another shipment in the middle of next week, and that that shipment should cover all the rest of the existing pre-orders with some units left over. So, if all goes as planned, it should be possible to pre-order at B&H today and reserve one of the lenses that are due next week.
Note this this is "no promises" information, because B&H can't guarantee that they'll actually receive from Fuji what they've been told they'll receive. —Mike]
[UPDATE #2: The MTF charts for this lens are more impressive than even some of the very best primes in the era when I got into photography. It's no wonder so many people are happy enough with the Olympus 45mm ƒ/1.8 that they're not tempted by the Nocticron; what with new coatings, glass types (this zoom for instance features no fewer than five extra low dispersion elements and one "super" extra low dispersion one), and perfected fabrication techniques and QC, lenses have really reached an extremely advanced state these days. This lens is a poster child for that contention. —Mike]
I'll write more about it later, but for now I wanted to get this post posted while it's toasty.
I gotta get up earlier....
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