Rumor update: 18-135 coming early June, 16-55 in September, TCL end of April (new source)

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A new source shared some rumors with us. The source said that the release of the weather sealed XF 18-135 f/3.5 – f/4.8 has been delayed to early June at best (a previous rumor said April/May). As seen at the CP+ in Japan, Fuji decided to make it faster. In fact the aperture value shown in the roadmap is still not correct: it should be XF 18-135mm f/3.5 to f/4.8.

The two other WR zooms (16-55 and 50-140 f2.8) are not going to show up too fast… probably early September.

The TCL converter for the X100S should be available by end of April in Japan.

It’s a new source, so take this rumor with a grain of salt.

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Fujifilm Bangladesh says: “Another X System MILC might be released very soon.”

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Here is what Fujiflm Bangladesh says on their facebook page here: “Fujfilm might release another X System MILC very soon. Stay tuned for further update from FUJIFILM“.

Could it be the X-PRO1″S” update I’ve talked about here in the early December days? At that time I guessed that “if it’s true that there will be “just” an “S” update, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it coming in the first half of 2014.” But for now take it with a grain of salt. I have no confirmation from trusted sources about it.

Stay tuned for further update from Fujirumors ;-).

and thanks a lot to the FR-reader who spotted it and shared the link with FR.

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Patent: fast super telephoto XF zoom lens 85-300mm f/2.7 – 3.7

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Mirrorlessrumors spotted a new Fuji patent. The Fuji patent, published here, shows a fast super telephoto zoom lens, the XF 85-300 f/2.7-3.7. It’s a patent, so the figures could change. Also the XF 56mm (best seller at AmazonUS) changed from f1.4 to f/1.2 on my birthday last year (April 17th).

A new source told us previously here that the lens would be a 120-400 lens (equivalent or not, the source did not specify).

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XF lens deals

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XF 14mm: $200 off (price $700) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 18mm: $200 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 23mm: $150 off (price $750) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 27mm: $250 off (price $200) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 35mm: $150 off (price $450) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 60mm: $250 off (price $400) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline
XF 55-200: $200 off (price $500) at BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS / Pictureline

EU-ORDERS: Luzu: “Choose UPS for international delivery, their option “UPS Super Saver” for around 45$ is the cheapest anyways. If you “pay on delivery”, UPS will handle all the customs work for you and deliver the item home to you where you pay the customs costs directly to the mailman. No going to customs office needed! Declaration of the deliveries from B&H is made very professionally by them and UPS, so I guess German customs are seldom stopping them. I already ordered two lenses this way (the 27mm and the 55-200mm) without problems! Btw.: The delivery is by plane and super fast … around two days only!

XF 56mm shipping in Japan! (+ £250 voucher for the WR 18-135 in UK?)

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XF 56mm f/1.2: USA AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / – EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore / DigitalRev

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Yesterday FR-reader Roger told us that a Japanese store just shipped his XF56mm… and today “The Green Balbo” (website: grittymonkey) shared an image on the FR-twitter account with the following image :-).

[UDPATE: Damien (grittymonkey) continues to diligentely share his findings on youtube: for the UHS-II vs UHS-I video click here, for the manual focus video here.]

Another FR-reader (moslake) shared in the comments to a previous post his Flickr (here) with his initial impression of Fujinon XF56 F1.2. “I’m ecstatic to find out that XF 56 delivers very beautiful bokeh. It wins hands down!” [admin: On his Flickr he compared it with the Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II. But it would have been better done with an 1.8 lens on a FF, as the Fujinon 1.2 is a 1.8 equivalent. To see more images of the beautiful bokeh of the 56mm, I recommend you to check out Rico’s first look here.]

RUMOR: An anonymous source, who said to work for a UK store, told me that: “the X-T1 body (not the kit) had a sticker for an offer where if the person registers the camera they can receive a £250 discount voucher for the XF18-135mm weather resistant lens when it comes out. Have you seen anyone else, uk or otherwise, have this same offer as it seems like no one has mentioned this yet.” The rumor is now confirmed by drphotorumor and another FR-reader too.

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The Green Balbo via twitter

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XF 56mm f/1.2: USA AmazonUS / BHphoto / AdoramaDigitalRev / – EUROPE: wexUK / wexDE / PCHstore / DigitalRev

X100/S tele converter lens available in late April or May (and more images).

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Just a quick rumor update:

According to a new source, the tele converter lens, unveiled by Fuji at the CP+, will be available in late April or May. Another new source said “before summer”. Still no information about the price.

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

more images via cultofmac via dpreview

X-T1 reviews

– X-T1 hands in and impressions atKasyapa (translation here).

– X-T1 vs A7 ISO comparison at pcpop here.

– f/otographer: “I just wanted to let you know that I did a small write up on the X-T1’s place in the overall scheme of camera history and why I believe it is important. Some of your readers might find it amusing. (fuji-x-t1-return-of-king). f/otographer.”

– X-T1 review at fujivsfuji here: “The X-T1 is must-buy for any Fuji fan who shoots in poor weather, in low light, action, or all of these above, and it’s the camera to buy for serious photographer looking for a compact system.

Fujifilm X-T1 First Impressions Review at cameras.reviewed here:We were able to lock on to moving subjects with ease, and the continuous AF mode worked a treat thanks to phase detection pixels baked into the X-Trans II sensor.”

Does the X-T1 meet your needs?

 Then feel free to purchase it using one of the links below. You will at the same time support this blog and my daily work on it with no extra costs for you… with your support, we could have an exciting rumor year in 2014.

X-T1 body only ($1,299): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 with 18-55 ($1,699): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / Adorama / Pictureline / EU: wexDE / wexUK / PCHstore /
X-T1 Vertical Battery Grip ($ 249,99): USA: AmazonUS / BHphoto / EU: wexDE / wexUK /
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