UPDATE: Sadly there are not upcoming lenses displayed at the imaging USA.
In the last few years, Fujifilm skipped the CES fair in Las Vegas.
They will, however, have a public booth (Nr. 717) at the Imaging USA 2018, which will be open to the public between January 14 and 16 in Nashville, TN.
That’s a bit too early to see the Fujifilm X-H1 (which will be announced February 15 Tokyo time), but there is a lot of great stuff to see, starting from the Fujifilm GFX 50S to the Fujifilm X-E3 as well as some brand new lenses like the XF80mm F2.8 WR.
I do expect that they will also display some updated mock-ups (or even early working prototypes) of the upcoming XF8-16mm, XF200mmF2 and GF250mm.
We could see some mock-ups of these lenses already in the past. I share them for you again here:
If there is any FujiRumors reader attending the event, please feel free to share what you see and heard with us via email@example.com.
It would be a very welcome help.
Fujifilm has just issued an official press release sharing their schedule for the Imaging USA 2018, which includes not only the latest and greatest Fujifilm gear, but also free head shot studio sessions, speeches and more.
According to a new source, the Fujinon XF 8-16mm F2.8 WR will be available mid 2018. Take it with a grain of salt for now. We have already shared the first images of the XF 8-16, XF 200mmF2 and GF 250mmF4 in this Fujirumors article.
And which one should be the next X mount zoom lens after the XF 8-16mm F2.8 WR?
In our gigantic X mount lens poll request to Fujifilm, where over 14,000 of you guys voted, dropping a total of 34,431 preferences, a lens like an XF 16-80mm F4 became the most wanted zoom lens after the XF 8-16mm F2.8.
So, dear Fujifilm, the FujiRumors community worked very hard to collect for you free market investigation data, and we decided for something like a Fujinon XF 16-80… thank you very much for listening :) .
Regarding the XF10-24, I remember how it was launched just a two months before Fuji’s first weather sealed camera, the Fujifilm X-T1. At that time, here on FujiRumors I already told you that a the WR X-T1 would come in January 2014. So, when Fujifilm decided to launch the XF10-24 in November, we all hoped it would be weather sealed… but it wasn’t.
Now, I know that there are tons of X-shooters out there enjoying this lens day after day. But if you are like Jim, and bring it out into some really tough conditions, then you might be interested to read to rest of the story :)
Why That Fujinon XF 8-16mm WR Can’t Come Soon Enough
Now, Jim is completely in love with the X-system. He loves the image quality, the form factor, the size, the usability, the dials… just everything. He says it “fits my style of photography”
But he also says that “photography is adventure” and that it is “completely unaccetable” that the only wide angle zoom lens in the Fuji system is not weather sealed.
In fact, after a while shooting in the very wet and humid waterfall envoriment, he couldn’t take pictures anymore, because “the lens gets wet and causes a lens communication error“. He says this is not the first time it happens to him. That’s why he owns two of these lenses and changes them, when one stops working. And once at home, he has to dry the lenses.
Jim apparently reads FujiRumors, since he knows about the XF 8-16mm F2.8 WR lens, which will come in early 2018 (I’ve shared the first rumor back in May 2016 (!) here). But he said he’s not sure he can wait that long for the XF 8-16. Hence, despite him loving Fujifilm’s image quality and usability, he is considering to switch to another brand.
Just a curiosity, on the way back, he uses a Beta version of an App, called “The Really Good Photo Spots“, which I think he’s developing right now. Based on your location, it shows you the best spots to photograph in your area.
Of course, Jim is using the XF 10-24 in an enviroment it is not planned to be used (rainy/wet conditions). But if he wants to get the shot he wants with a Fuji camera, then he currently has no other choice than to go with the XF10-24. The next widest weather sealed lens in the Fuji line-up is the XF 16mmF1.4…. and evidently not wide enough for certain landscape photography.
So, Jim might do well to switch, because Fujifilm currently does not offer the lens he needs the most… unless he is willing to dry his two XF 10-24 for a few more months, until the XF 8-16 will be out.
Or, maybe, just use a plastic bag around your lens in the meantime ;)
And What About You?
So what about you? Do you own the Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 OIS? Did you have the same experience as Jim? Are you also waiting for the weather sealed XF 8-16mm F2.8 WR or are you just fine with the Fujinon XF 10-24?
Feel free to drop you thoughts and considerations in the comments :)
All we know, is that Fujifilm delayed the release of the XF8-16mm, because they prioritized smaller WR lenses, such as the XF35mmF2, XF23mmF2 and the XF50mmF2… and of course Fujifilm invested a lot of time also in the medium format G-mount system.
But here is an update for you today.
I hear from a source, right in the past, that once Fujifilm completed the current roadmap with the release of the XF80mmF2.8 1:1 Macro later this year, the next X-mount lens to be released will be the Fujinon XF 8-16mm F2.8. But… please take long term rumors always with …. you know what ;)
Stay tuned on FujiRumors…. because apparently rumors never take a rest ;)
Back in October 2015 here, a source told us about an internal Fuji roadmap showing the XF200mm, XF33mmF1.0 and also an 8mm lens. Moreover, the same source told us that a firmware update will make the video button on the X-T1 customizable.
What remains so far is the XF8mm… no one ever confirmed it, but the source mentioned above has proven to be pretty reliable.
Well, today I got word from a source, who was right in the past: Fuji will develop a XF8-16mmF2.8! When will it come? I don’t know, but I guess it will take still quite a bit.
This could mean that:
A) the 8mm rumor was wrong
B) the 8mm was right at the time of sharing, but Fuji changed (as so often) plans.
C) Fuji will launch both, the 8mm and 8-16mm
I do not believe that Fuji will launch both, 8mm + 8-16mm. However, until I can’t 100% categorically exclude that Fujifilm has no plans to develop the 8mm lens, I’ll let it there in the rumored roadmap.
Also, considering there is also the quite amazing (and affordable) Samyang 8mm X-mount fisheye lens, I think it’s a better move for Fujifilm to put its resources in the XF8-16mmF2.8 WR.
So within May 26, we will get a new Fuji gear… but what?
Here on FujiRumors we have rumored the core specs of the Fujifilm X-T3, we talked a lot about the Fujifilm GFX 50R, we even looked far ahead to the Fujifilm GFX 100S, but the most rumored camera at the moment (and hence probably the closest to come) is the Fujifilm X-T100… so let’s talk about it :).
We shared the first rumors about the Fujifilm X-T100 back in September 2017. Over the following weeks and months, FujiRumors has shared braking specs of Fujifilm X-T100.