Two new fixed focal lengths are coming for the XF system -- respectively a new one and an old acquaintance in a new edition. With the FUJINON XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR, FUJIFILM presents an update of its fast wide-angle fixed focal length, which, like its two sister lenses XF18mmF1.4 R LM WR and the new XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR, belongs to a new generation of lenses that Fujifilm claims to have developed with a view to future camera sensors with even higher resolution.
The optical construction of the XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR includes 15 elements in ten groups. Two aspherical lenses and three ED lenses minimize chromatic and spherical aberrations. The shortest focusing distance is 19 cm, with a maximum magnification of 0.2. According to the manufacturer, focus breathing is very low at 0.011%, so the lens should be suitable even for demanding moving images. The autofocus is said to act very quickly and quietly. The lens weighs 375 grams and is to be available in November for 949 euros.
The XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR, also new, corresponds to the KB-equivalent standard focal length of 50mm and has similar characteristics to the XF23mm. The optical construction includes 15 elements in ten groups, including two aspherical lenses and three ED lenses. The shortest focusing distance is 30cm, and the weight is 360g. It is expected to cost 799 euros and be available as early as September.
Next year, two zoom lenses are to be released for the X system, one of which, the FUJINON XF18-120mm is to be explicitly tailored to the needs of both photographers and filmmakers. The ultra-telephoto zoom FUJINON XF150-600mm (equivalent to 229 to 914mm KB) is intended for wildlife or sports photography. More details on both optics are still pending.