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Lens Rumors & News: Laowa Argus f/0,95 coming 2021, Lensbaby Velvet 28mmF2.8, Fuji X-T4 with Sirui 50mm Anamorphic Video

Here is a quick 3-news lens roundup.

  • Venus Optics Laowa Argus f/0.95

According to rumors shared at SonyAlphaRumors, the launch of the Venus Optics Laowa Argus f/0.95, which FujiRumors reported about it here, has been postponed to 2021.

As FujiRumors exclusively told you, the Argus line will include the widest f/0.95 X mount lens on the market.

  • Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.8

Nokishita spotted the Lensbaby Velvet 28mm f/2.8 at kellards. The lens will be available also for Fujifilm X Mount. You can see an image above.

Here is the press release via 43rumors.

Lensbaby Velvet 28 is a 28mm, f/2.5 all-metal, hand-crafted art lens that captures tack-sharp detail beneath a layer of radiant glow. Velvet 28 also features exceptional 1:2 macro capabilities with a close focus distance of 2” from the front of the lens. Built with landscape, adventure, travel, and street photographers & videographers in mind, the Velvet 28 offers Lensbaby’s popular variable glow effects at a wide 28mm focal length. Lensbaby’s Velvet effect lenses add an ethereal mood to scenes. This unique, in-camera creative effect elevates imagery with depth, dimension and soulful expression. The Velvet 28’s close-focus capabilities, combined with effects varying from impressionistic at bright apertures to just a touch of velvety smoothness at darker apertures, provides a set of visual tools that will help creative shooters expand their vision of the world. One of Velvet 28’s key features is its 1:2 macro capability. It is an ideal in-camera effects lens for photographers & videographers who like to shoot wide, while also offering the versatility to capture closer details. The lens allows image makers to move seamlessly from shooting street scenes or capturing landscape, adventure & travel images to capturing details such as a subject’s clothing or wildflower blooms and butterflies in an alpine meadow.

Features

28mm Focal Length
1:2 Macro Magnification Ratio
Aperture Range: f/25 – f/22
67mm Filter Threads
Manual Focus

  • Sirui 50mm X-Mount F1.8 Anamorphic 1.33X

Cinema5D shared a sample video shot the Sirui 50mm X-Mount F1.8 Anamorphic 1.33X mounted on a Fujifilm X-T4. You can see the video below.

Now the lens is listed at Adorama here.

You can also find a blog post about it on Cinema5D here, where they say:

It’s a remarkable achievement not only for the price. The lens is very sharp, even when shooting wide open at f/1.8, which was totally unexpected for me. It’s well built from metal, and I can see this show up on a lot of low-budget anamorphic productions everywhere. Right now it’s a shame that there isn’t another focal length available, I would love to see a full set of these out now, but we are hoping that they will come.

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Fujifilm XF 300mm F4 and 500mm F5.6 Patents Found

FUJIFILM has filed patent for a Fujinon XF 300mm f/4 and 500mm f/5.6 with DOE (Diffractive optical element) for APS-C cameras.

The image above shows the 300mm lens, while the one below the 500mm lens

Embodiment 1
Focal length: 292.94 mm
F number: 4.11
Angle of view: 5.6

Embodiment 4
Focal length: 486.99 mm
F number: 5.76
Angle of view: 5.0

You can check out the patent here.

Congratz to hi-lows-note for spotting the patent 7 hours ago.

NiSi to launch Filter System for Fujifilm X100V

NiSi is about to launch a new accessory for Fujifilm X100V, which will allow you to attach the following filters on the lens.

  • Medium GND
  • Polarizer
  • 3 Stops ND
  • Natural Night

The first image of this new filter system can be seen above.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fujifilm Working on Fujinon XF 70-300mm X Mount Lens

Fujinon XF 70-300

Hey guys… I have something to tell you ;).

Do you remember, when Fujifilm launched a public survey about future lenses? Well, among all the options there was an XF80-300 lens.

Well, I have an update for you.

According to our sources, Fujifilm is working on a Fujinon XF 70-300mm lens (not XF 80-300, as the official Fujifilm survey showed).

In Full Frame, the Fujinon XF 70-300mm will be about a 100-460mm lens, so you can compare it something like the Sigma 100-400mm.

Makes sense to me: it’s the logical follow up the XF16-80mm f/4.

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RUMOR: Fujifilm X-E line Canceled, Game Over for Fujifilm X-E4

I have received word from our sources (thanks), that Fujifilm will drop the Fujifilm X-E line.

As you know, I am huge Fujifilm X-E line fan. I love its compactness, I love its performance, I love its form factor and its simplicity.

So this rumor hits me very strong.

However, the X-E line was always on the fence to be canceled, as sales were always low.

In fact, already after the Fujifilm X-E2s failure, Fujifilm considered dropping the line altogether. Which is why back in 2016 I wrote straight out of my heart a “love letter to the unborn X-E3“, followed by almost 200 comments of you guys, supporting me.

My hope was that the love letter (and you feedback) would help Fujifilm to continue to believe in this line, and it seems it worked, as Fujifilm managers said half a year later, they are “aware of the many X-E3 requests.”

So we got it, the Fujifilm X-E3 came, and of course I bought it, along with the XF27mm f/2.8, the perfect lens for this camera.

But here we are again. And this time it looks really like the dead-end street for the Fujifilm X-E line.

Maybe many of you will agree with Fuji’s decision. Maybe you will think Fujifilm has to simplify and streamline its line-up. And maybe it “rationally” makes sense to drop the X-E line.

But as a huge X-E line lover myself, I can’t look at this rumor rationally, and I am just disappointed about it.

Let us know in the survey below, if you think it makes sense to drop the X-E line. Who knows if we can change Fuji’s mind again.

NOTE: the Fujifilm X-E3 is already discontinued, but as of now you can still find it in stock.

And the X-H line?

Is the X-H line also dead?

Well, as FujiRumors always told you, at no point in time, Fujifilm was considering to drop the X-H line. Those rumors were always fake, as the Fujifilm X-H2 was always on the roadmap, and now Fujifilm confirmed it themselves for the second time.

Should Fujifilm Drop the X-E line?

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