New Zoom Lens Patent: Fujinon 18-250mm f/3.5-6.5

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Just a flash: a patent spotted by mirrorlessrumors at freepatentsonline here shows a new zoom lens, 18-250mm f/3.5-6.5. Would you be interested to add such a lens to your X-system?


Fuji deals in May: price drops on X-E2, X-PRO1, X-M1, XF 18mm and XC 50-230

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X-M1 body and kit: up to $200 price drop NOW at AmazonUS and Adorama.

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The last Fuji deals just ended a couple of weeks ago (April 5th), and the next one is just around the corner.

According to the same source who shared the previous deal-rumors (and the confidential Fuji deal document) with the FR-community, there will be new deals starting on May 4th and go until May 31th!

And here are the instant rebates:

X-series cameras

- $200 rebate on X-E2 kit (discounted price $1199)
- $150 rebate on X-E2 body (discounted price $849)
- $200 rebate on X-PRO1 body (discounted price $999)
- $100 rebate on X-M1 body (discounted price $599) – up to $200 price drop NOW at AmazonUS and Adorama.

Fujinon lenses

- $100 rebate on XF 18mm (discounted price $499)
- $50 rebate on XC 50-230 (discounted price $349)

The last X-deals were a success. Fuji sold so many lenses that many of them are still out of stock at the major online retailers. So, for one time, let me do an “out of stock” check ;-)


XF 27mm: BHphoto (black) / Adorama (black and silver) / AmazonUS (black one availbale only via third party reseller)
XF 23mm: AmazonUS / BHphoto (ships in 7 to 14 days) / Adorama
XF 35mm: AmazonUS (ships in 2 to 4 weeks) / BHphoto / Adorama
XF 55-200: AmazonUS (available only via third party) / BHphoto / Adorama


Confirmed by trusted source: no more X-PRO1S. Focus on the Fujifilm X-PRO2!

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In the last weeks I’ve shared 2 rumors regarding the X-PRO1 successor:

  • an anonymous source said that no X-Pro1s is on the horizon… all R&D [research and development] is being placed into Fujifilm X-Pro2 for 2015
  • a new source said that the Fujifilm X-PRO2 will feature a FF sensor

The trusted source could NOT confirm that the X-PRO2 will feature an FF sensor, but said that there won’t be an X-PRO1S. Fuji will focus on the X-PRO2.

That’s it for now, and stay tuned!

Full Frame or not? That is the question. The FR-community seems to be divided. Here are some of the most liked comments from the last X-PRO2 rumor.


  • I wait for the organic apsc size sensor, not any FF!!!!!!” (Ali)
  • I suspect the main money maker will be the APSC lines, but the new FF line will increase market awareness and put Fuji well and truly in the Pro field as well. It is a totally logical business move. All the other big players have APSC and FF lines, so why should fuji exclude a certain user segment.” Allweather
  • If this decision is true, it is a bad decision. Fujifilm does not have the money and engineering resources to develop a FF mirrorless system from scratch AND continue to develop it’s APS-C X system.” jg
  • My only problem with this will be the size! the body will be bigger, lenses will be bigger and heavier, and everything will make you think why did you leave your SLR in the first place?!” Nour El Refai
  • Especially with A7/A7r are already in the market and received positive feedback, it’s time for fuji to seriously consider the FF before it’s too late. A fuji x FF with in-body stabilization is a dream camera for me :).” Wilson
  • IMHO this would be great. I believe that for many (myself included) FF is the only thing holding them back from finally ditching the DSLR and going all Fuji. Also, I don’t completely understand the people who think that Fuji would some how forget APS-C if they made a FF camera. All the lenses and many different camera bodies would still be there, so people who want to stick with APS-C can do so. It’s not like the FF would take something away from APS-C (maybe just some resources from development department).” Jukka Saarikko
  • Hopefully this is just a lame rumor. APS-C X-Trans Organic sensor please, weather sealing, updated viewfinder, better AF, MF usability with OVF needed.” Austin
  • Patrick, when exactly did you receive these rumor submissions? On April 1st?” Trenton Talbot :-)

So, which group do you belong to? Full Frame or not? Here is the poll.

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Typo or Freudian slip? Workshop with the Fujifilm X-PRO2 in Cambodia (July/August with official X-photographer Damien)

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Sometime I like to link to workshops of X-shooters all around the world. Well, this time I was pretty surprised to read that Damien Lovegrove (official Fuji X-photographer and known also for testing products for FujiUK) is organizing one in Cambodia in July/August and that he will likely use a Fujifilm X-PRO2 and the Fujinon XF 14, 23, 3556 and 55-200 lenses.

Sure, it must be a typo. You will hardly see any X-PRO2 before Photokina in September, when it could be officially announced. I don’t think anyone is allowed to show an X-Pro2 before that event.

But is that “X-PRO2″ in Damien’s workshop just a simple typo or a Freudian slip? Well, maybe Fuji X-photographer Damien just told us that the X-PRO2 will be compatible with the existing XF-lenses.

So, dear Damian, lemme know if you’ll use the X-PRO2 in your workshop. I have holidays in August and could join it ;-).

Thanks for the link, Kamal.

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Rumor Update: TCL-X100 for Fuji X100/S coming in ~3 weeks at $350/400

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There is another new source, who kindly shared the following information with the FR-community:

The TCL-X100 will come in ~3 weeks and it will cost between $350 to $400 (more or less as much as the WCL-X100, which, at its launch, cost $400)

With the WCL-X100 and TCL-X100, X100/S owner will have a three-lens mini system (28mm, 35mm and 50mm) with leaf shutter, fast aperture and terrific IQ.

Adorama has some XF 56mm in stock right now here (with 4% reward).

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