Let’s talk about the Fujinon XF 18-135 lens, one of my favorite travel lenses ever, and about the XF27mm.
Back in March, Fujifilm said here that they are having some production issues with the XF 18-135 “[google translated] due to lack of procurement of some parts” and that the situation will be solved “around summer“.
But something strange is happening in the last few weeks. Some stores seem to indicate that a newer version is on the way, of both, the 18-135 and the 27.
Here is what they say:
18-135 mm: AmazonUK: “There is a newer model of this item → This item has not yet been released.”
27 mm: AmazonUK: “There is a newer model of this item → Currently unavailable. We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.”
Fotokoch: This German Store marked the XF18-135 as well as the XF27mm as as “Neuheit“, which in German does not mean simply it’s a new, unused item. It means it is a completely new product on the market. That’s why I got many emails from German FR-readers pointing me to this store. I don’t know if there is a equivalent English word for “Neuheit“. Foto Koch says they will ship the new 18-135 in the end of July but they don’t give any shipping indication for the new 27mm.
Other stores just mark the 18-135 as back-ordered, whereas the 27mm is usually in stock.