Godox TT350F for FUJIFILM Available at AmazonUS on June 30, 2017

So it turns out, that today it’s the “Flash Day” here on FujiRumors.

I already reported earlier today that:

  • Cactus X-TTL Cross-Brand TTL Firmware Upgrade for FUJIFILM Cameras is Now Available – Read here
  • Nissin Japan Launches High-Speed Sync Firmware Update for Fujifilm of Di700A and Nissin Air 1 Commander – Read here

But I have yet another Flash News for you… and it’s one many of you are waiting for (thanks to the FR-reader for sharing this with FR).

According to two separate AmazonUS sellers, the Godox TT350F for Fujifilm cameras will be available on June 30 (check out Pergear at AmazonUS and ZDMOON at AmazonUS). The Godox/Flashpoint TT350 for Fujifilm is available for pre-order also at Adorama and also AmazonUK.

Also, there will probably be an X2 for Fujifilm instead of X1

For more information, check out the Godox TT350F PDF here.

RECAP: Back in early April we broke the news here on FujiRumors, that Godox is working on major Fujifilm support. Here is their original plan (but there was a delay on it)

Godox Plan:
TT350F Fuji April-May 2017 (Update: delayed to June 30)
If TT350 is good, Move to 685 and V860II.
If all is good move to X1 Fuji and X1 Olympus. (Update: Rumor has it there will be an X2 for Fujifilm)
The same time firmware update for all 2.4G light accept Fuji and Olympus
AD200 60 bulb LED light head May-June 2017.

Don’t Worry, Fujinon XF 18mmF2 MK II Will Come… and it’s Not Just a New Product Number, but a REAL New Version!

A few months ago, I told you that Fujifilm is working on a new XF 18mm F2 MK II lens.

Some FR-readers were worried, that the 18 MK II could be just a “new version” like the XF18-135 and XF27, which are now moving to the Philippines and hence got a new product number (this is why stores mark them as new version).

But I want to assure you, that the XF 18mm F2 MK II will be a REAL second version of the original XF 18mm F2, and not just get a new product number.

In our ultimate X-mount lens poll, the XF 18mm MK II was very high on your wish list, ranking at the overall 5th position out of 30 lenses.

So Fuji, please, this lens can’t come soon enough :).

Oh… and since we are talking of our wishes… the mosted wanted prime lens is the XF 33/1… just saying, Fujifilm :)

XF 18mm F2 MK I: USA: AmazonUS, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama – EUROPE: AmazonDE

Clarification + Update Regarding the XF Lens Production Moving from Japan and China to Philippines

XF18-55 made in Japan (old) and made in Philippines (new)

XF18-55 made in Japan (old) and made in Philippines (new)

Lens Production Moving to Philippines

Ok guys, I went through your comments regarding the “XF lenses made in Philippines” article yesterday here, and I perceived some confusion. So I thought I take my time to clarify a few things:

  • A source told me that Fujifilm is moving the production of SOME lenses to Philippines. The same source also said that, in the long-term, MAYBE it could be even ALL X-mount lenses, but it was not sure about this. This is why yesterday I wrote: “A kind source (thanks) informed me that Fujifilm is moving the production of some X-mount lenses (maybe even ALL X-mount lenses), to the Philippines.”

So the sure thing is, that the production of some lenses is moving from other countries to Philippines. As we could see in the last few days here on FR, this is happening now with the XF18-135 and XF27mm (which are made in China).

But also XF lenses made originally in Japan, are now moving (or already moved) to the Philippines. For example, take a look at the image above. You can see how my personal XF 18-55 is made in Japan, whereas the XF 18-55 a FR-reader purchased recently in Austria is made in the Philippines. The reader told me that her 18-55 is of impeccable quality, as well as her X-T20, which is made in China.

So the source is right: Fujifilm is moving the production of some lenses (made in China or Japan) to Philippines.

The part my source could not tell me for sure, was, if it will affect all XF lenses in future. It’s a possibility, but it’s not sure yet. I will write an update as soon as I can.

  • Made in Philippines is not bad at all

Some people perceived my blog post yesterday, as if I would be worried, that quality will suffer if lenses are made in Philippines. But I am not worried at all. As long as Fujifilm keeps the same quality standards as in their Japanese factories, to me, that’s not a problem. And let me add, also as long as Fujifilm treats workers well.

I mean, many of you will probably read this article on a Macbook, iPad or iPhone… which are all made in China. Do you perceive them as badly assembled?

So “made in Philippines” does not mean we lose any quality. Fujifilm sets the quality standard in their factories, and I am sure, wherever they make their lenses, they will be high quality.

  • the XF 18-135 and XF 27mm MK II that popped up on several stores is only because of product number change

My post yesterday was also mainly a response to all the MK II versions we saw popping up on stores worldwide. I wanted to inform you that you should NOT expect any new lens, but that only the product number changed.

Ok… these were the two main clarifications I thought I needed to make.

take care, and enjoy your weekend :)
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Good Bye Made In Japan: Fujinon X-Lens Production Moving To Philippines. New Product Number Reason for “NEW” 18-135 and 27

Fujinon XF 27mm now made in Philippines

Fujinon XF 27mm now made in Philippines

shared by FR-reader Kris here

Good Bye Made in Japan

In the last 2 days, we have seen stores like AmazonUK saying that a new version of the XF18-135 and XF27 is coming.

Well… I have an update for you, that could explain why all these “new versions” pop up on stores.

A kind source (thanks) informed me that Fujifilm is moving the production of some X-mount lenses (maybe even ALL X-mount lenses), to the Philippines.

This has been also proven by a FR-reader, who shared with us the images of his XF27mm made in the Philippines. And by moving the lens production to another country, Fujifilm has changed the product number… hence now stores are listing it as “New”… but it’s just a new product number.

And when the Spanish store earlier today shared the XF27mm II “PH”, well, PH could stand for “Philippines”. But even if it does not stand for Philippines, it’s not really relevant at this point. Fact is (oh sorry, I should say “rumor has it”) that X-mount lens production is moving to the Philippines.

So… what once was made in Japan, or China (27mm) or Thailand, is now (or will soon be) made in Philippines, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as long as the quality remains the same (and let me add: also the fair treatment of workers… treat your workers well, and the products will be better, too)

For the complete picture: 27mm, 18-135, XC lenses and cameras like the X-M1 and so forth, are already made in China and Thailand. But the lens production is moving all to Philippines now… even the Japanese XF lenses.

As some of you might remember, I reported about Fujifilm opening factories for lens production in the Philippines back in 2013.

Fujinon X-mount factory in Philippines

Fujinon X-mount factory in Philippines

New “Fujifilm XF 27mmF2.8 II” listed at Spanish Store

Just yesterday I reported, how several stores are saying that a new XF 18-135 and XF27mm are coming.

Well, here is another one.

A Spanish FR-reader told me that his local store is listing both, the classic XF27mmF2.8 and a mysterious New XF27mmF2.8 II PH.

The specs listed at the store for both lenses are identical (so evidently copy & paste from the original 27).

Maybe all this means nothing… or maybe where there is smoke there is fire ;).

Anyway, wouldn’t it be nice to have a XF27mmF2.8 MK II with aperture ring, just like Fujifilm’s first XF27mm mock-ups displayed at official events years ago?

  • The American West & Route 66, shot with a Fujifilm X-T20 and a XF27mmF2.8 pancake lens at Rico’s flickr here…. I wonder if it’s the Mark I or Mark II :-)

take care, fellow Fuji shooters… and stay tuned for updates
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