Fuji reveals delayed EF-X500 flashgun and new lens roadmap
July 7, 2016
Due out in September or October is a new weather-resistant-lens, the 23mm f/2 R WR, which Fujifilm UK marketing manager Andreas Georghiades says draws from an ethos first established with the 35mm f/2 – adopting a smaller form factor ideally suited to rangefinder-style models (such as the X-Pro2).
This will be followed, in 2017, with two more similarly styled primes: a 50mm f/2 R WR and 80mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro, with the latter offering a 1:1 macro ratio.
The 80mm lens will replace the 120mm that Fuji had originally planned but decided to drop because the company believed it would not be of an acceptable size and weight. The firm also had to ensure the lens would be compatible with 1.4x and 2x teleconverters.
Meanwhile, Fuji has released further details of the
new EF-X500, a weather-resistant flash for use with
the X-T1, X-T2 and X-Pro2.
‘[Its] design is in keeping with our mirrorless mantra of smaller, lighter, higher quality,’ added Georghiades.
The EF-X500 is expected to cost £449.99 when it launches in September.
When first announced in January, Fuji said its high-speed sync, which aims to enable a more even exposure throughout the frame, is designed to support the 1/8000sec shutter speed of the X-Pro2.
Originally due in May but delayed by firmware development, the EF-X500 covers 24-105mm (in 35mm terms) and 20mm using a wide panel. Its wireless system enables it to be used with up to three firing groups, and all the flash units can be controlled from the camera.
An unlimited number of flashes can be deployed remotely, provided one is used as a master.
The EF-X500 will boast a 2.5sec recycle time; tilt up to 90°, down to 10°; and rotate horizontally 135° to the left and 180° to the right.
Information on the new lenses, as supplied by Fujifilm UK
Semi wide-angle lens, XF23mmF2 R WR
The semi wide-angle lens XF23mmF2 R WR gives the field of view equivalent to 35mm (in the 35mm film format). The compact, lightweight and stylish lens features a high-speed autofocus capability, making it perfect for casual snapshots.
Mid-telephoto lens XF50mmF2 R WR
The mid-telephoto lens XF50mmF2 R WR has a field of view equivalent to 76mm (in the 35mm film format). Its beautiful bokeh and high-speed autofocus are ideally suited for portrait photography.
Similarly to the new XF23mmF2 R WR and existing XF35mm F2 R WR lenses, this lens features a compact, lightweight and stylish appearance and creates a new “compact prime trio” range within the complete line-up of interchangeable lenses for X Series digital cameras.
Mid-telephoto 1:1 macro lens XF80mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR
This mid-telephoto macro lens with the field of view equivalent to 122mm (in the 35mm film format) is the X series’ first 1:1 macro interchangeable lens.
It can be mounted with a teleconverter to be used as a telephoto macro lens equivalent to 171mm*1 (in the 35mm film format) with the 1.4x teleconverter and equivalent to 244mm*2 (in the 35mm film format) with the 2x teleconverter.
The lens, covering macro photography from mid-telephoto to telephoto range, also features a high-performance image stabilisation.
*1 The lens’s maximum aperture is reduced to F4 when mounted with the 1.4x teleconverter.
*2 The lens’s maximum aperture is reduced to F5.6 when mounted with the 2x teleconverter.