Fuji has been hard at work and have developed some new lenses for the XF line-up. With this new line-up, it seems that Fuji has “borrowed” some focal ranges from their XC line-up.
If you ask me, I wish Fuji would drop the XC line-up, save money on R&D and just lower the cost of the XF lenses. When you compare the price of a 16-50 XC and an 18-55 XF, the difference in price is not light years – it’s $300. Cut that difference in half, take the $150 off of the XF lens and voila! $549 for a brand new 18-55 is far more attractive than $699.
Anyhow, I digress. I know why Fuji makes an XC line and I highly doubt they would get rid of it any time soon.
Here are the new lenses that should be released by Fujifilm in the next year or so:
XF 16-55mm f/2.8
XF 50-140mm f/2.8
XF 18-135mm f/3.5 – 5.6
Large diameter wide angle lens
A super telephoto lens, greater than 200mm… maybe.
The 18-135 would be very appealing. It would make a great travel/walk around lens. I remember my Nikkor 18-105. It was just right for everyday walkabouts and you did not have to bring along another lens.
The 16-55mm also looks interesting, but I feel that it will be even more expensive than the 18-55. The XC line-up has a 16-55, but it does not have a constant aperture throughout it’s focal range. Mind you, my Nikon was f/3.5-5.6 and I had no problems shooting at f/3.5 in low light, especially with today’s sensors and the VR. So, I am not to sure that f/2.8 at the short end would benefit anyone all that much. On the long end, YES.
Fuji certainly is slowly rounding off their lens line-up. Though, once again, I am not going to be eager to see the price of any of these lenses.