Fujifilm launches 23mm and 33mm f/1.4 XF lenses
September 2, 2021
Fujifilm has revealed two new lenses for its APS-C X-system cameras, the XF 23mm F1.4 R LM WR and the XF 33mm F1.4 R LM WR. Both are entirely new optics that promise rapid autofocus, thanks to internal focus designs driven by linear motors, along with weather resistant construction.
The former replaces the 8-year-old XF 23mm F1.4 R in the firm’s line-up, while the latter will complement the existing XF 35mm F1.4 R, one of the original three XF lenses which has now been around for almost a decade.
Both lenses share a similar set of features, with 15-group, 10-element optical designs that include two aspherical and three ED glass elements to suppress chromatic aberration and maintain cross-frame sharpness. Both also employ 9-blade diaphragms for attractive bokeh, include aperture rings with an auto-position lock, and accept 58mm filters.
At 73.5mm long and 360g in weight, the new 33mm is rather heftier than the older 35mm optic. It’s due to go on sale at the end of September for £699.
Meanwhile the 23mm is also larger than its predecessor, at 77.8mm in length and 375g in weight, and notably lacks the older lens’s push-pull manual focus clutch. It should appear in November for £819.
Fujifilm has also added two new lenses to its roadmap, which are slated for release in 2022. Along with a 150-600mm super-telephoto lens (equivalent to 229-914mm in 35mm terms) designed for sports and wildlife with a “compact and lightweight” design.
There’s also an 18-120mm optic (equivalent to 27-183mm in 35mm terms) that’s been specifically designed with small-scale video production in mind.
Fujifilm say that this will create a lineup of 40 lenses for the X-Mount system.
No further information on maximum apertures, pricing, or other specifications is yet available.