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Metabones Canon EF to Fujifilm GFX mount T Smart Expander (1.26x) Announced

Metabones has released the Canon-EF version of the 1.26x Format Expander for the Fujifilm GFX.

Press Release

Vancouver, Canada, November 16, 2020 – Will this full-frame EF mount lens sufficiently cover the medium format sensor of Fujifilm GFX cameras? With Metabones® EF-GFX Smart Expander™, the answer is always “yes”.

Multiplying the focal length by 1.26x and the F-number by the same amount, Metabones EF-GFX Smart Expander perfectly matches the image circle of full-frame EF mount lenses to the medium-format sensor of the GFX series cameras, with the diagonal field-of-view (FoV) remaining exactly the same.

The optical design consists of 5 elements in 3 groups, incorporating ultra-high index Lanthanum-based optical glass as well as one element made of fused silica, resulting in extremely good performances with professional-grade zoom lenses. For example, a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens becomes a 30-88mm f/3.5 zoom, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens becomes an 88-252mm f/3.5 zoom.  And perhaps most exciting of all, the 11-24mm f/4 Canon becomes an extremely sharp 13.8-30.2mm f/5 without any disturbing vignetting or corner aberrations. Due to the nature of focal extenders, the aperture values decrease by 2/3 of a stop; f/2.8 becomes f/3.5 and f/2 becomes f/2.5. High-speed fixed focal length lenses such as the 50mm f/1.4 will be transformed into a very fast 63mm f/1.8 standard lens for the GFX system.

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Fujifilm XF 50mmF1.0 vs Fujifilm 56mmF1.2 Portrait Session Comparion

John Branch has published a video, where he compares the brand new Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0 with the much loved Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2.

Down below are his findings, but keep in mind: the video was filmed BEFORE the important XF50mmF1.0 firmware update.

  • XF50mmf/1.0 has faster autofocus
  • he prefers to be very light during his wedding shoots using very small lenses (he uses the Fujicron f/2 lenses a lot), and the XF50mmF1.0 is a bit too heavy
  • he prefers the 50mm focal length over the 56mm
  • XF50mmF1.0 has more contrast and is way sharper than the 56mm

Especially considering the current huge deal on XF56mmF1.2 lenses, the 56mmF1.2 is great value for money (a lens I own and love). But from all I could see so far, if you do not mind the extra weight and size, the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 is the way to go.

Fujifilm really put magic into that lens, a magic best described by Jonas Rask here, when he says:

My all time favorite lens from Fujifilm is the XF35mm f/1.4R – In my eyes it’s the perfect lens. There have been many wordings about that lens, and one thing that keeps on popping up in discussions is that it has a certain something that no-one seem to able to define. It always end up being labeled as “magic” which is silly.

The reason for its look is found in the optical design, a design that Fujinon decided to continue into the XF50mm f/1R WR. And that makes the images coming from this lens extremely appealing to those who like the look of the XF35mm f/1.4.

The images coming from XF50mm f/1 R WR has those exact same undefinable traits that makes me love my XF35mm f/1.4 so much. The sharpness that is sharp, yet not overly sharp. A flattering kind of sharpness that seems more rounded, organic and less digital/clinical. A bokeh rendering that is soft, delicious and very calming to the eye, and a color reproduction that gives a very lovely depth to especially warm color tones.

In other words, the XF50mm F/1 R WR is the portrait lens version of the XF35mm f/1.4 R!

Fujifilm has crafted a massive winner, and initial sales figures seems to confirm it!


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NEW Fujifilm USA Fall Offers: Save Big on Fujifilm X/GFX Gear including $150 Price Drop on XF56mmF1.2

Fujifilm has just launched its Fujifilm Fall Offers.

Some deals are the same of the last Fujifilm summer deals (X-E3 and X-T3). Other deals are even better than the latest summer deals (X-T200 now you save up to $300 instead of $100 only).

New entries: the deals on the XF lenses and X100F.

There is a nice $150 price drop on the XF56mmF1.2, which is Fuji’s answer to the top sales the XF50mmF1.0 is having.

XF Lens Deals

*All the lens XF lens deals listed above include a free download of Luminar 4.

X Camera Deals

GFX Bodies

FUJIFILM Announces possible XF 50mmF1.0 Shipping Delay due to Demand Exceeding by Far Fuji’s Expectations

The Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0 is scheduled to be be released in September 24/25.

But now Fujifilm has issued an official press release, where they announce that demand is far stronger than they expected, and hence there is a possibility that there will be shipping-delays. Fujifilm writes:

The “Fujinon Lens XF50mm F1.0 R WR” announced on September 3, 2020 (Thursday) has received inquiries far exceeding our expectations, and we cannot deliver the product on the release date. There is a possibility.

We are currently working hard to meet the number of requests, and we appreciate your understanding.

Fujifilm is not a company that uses the “high demand” phrase too often. When they decide to inform us about high demand, then it’s usually also accurate.

I think last time they spoke about “high demand” it was for the Fujifilm GFX100, and we all know how that ended (biblical long waiting times and 50% higher demand that Fujifilm expected).

Here on FujiRumors, the brand new Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 enjoys one of the strongest XF lens pre-orders of all time, so at least our little FR-Universe seems to confirm Fuji’s statement.

Notice Regarding Product Supply of “Fujinon Lens XF50mm F1.0 R WR”

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4½ Great Reasons Why the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 Exists (NOT Shallower DOF) and Differences to 56mmF1.2 (APD)

Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0

So, the Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0 R WR has just been announced:

Sure, the big eye-catcher is that “EFF-ONE-POINT-ZERO”, which makes it worlds first mirrorless f/1.0 lens with autofocus.

But what if I told you, that by focusing on the super-shallow DOF, we actually miss out on the probably even more exciting features of the brand new XF50mm f/1.0?

Because, in my opinion, beating the DOF of the 56/1.2 is not the point of this lens, or at least not the only one, and certainly not the main one.

The Beauty Beyond Shallow DOF

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Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 Announced – Reviews, Samples, Pre-Orders and More – LIVE BLOG

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Size Comparison: Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 vs XF 56mm F1.2 vs XF 16-55mm F2.8 vs XF 33mm F1.0 vs XF 90mm F2

So, the official product images of the upcoming Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 have just been leaked here.

I thought to make a quick but accurate size comparison between the Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 and the XF 56mm F1.2 as well as the XF 16-55mm F2.8.

What we can see, is that our previous size comparison (based on technical sketches) was totally accurate too, hence, if you want to see the size of the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 compared to the originally planed XF33mmF1.0 and the stellar XF90mmF2, check out our previous post here.

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Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 Announcement on Sep. 3 at 01:00 AM New York Time

I got messages by fellow X shooters, a bit confused on when the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0 will be announced, after Fujifilm official set an announcement for September 2.

So let me clear things up.

The September 2 announcement is only for the new Fujinon Premista lenses and other non X/GFX related items (although we reported that Premista lenses cover GFX sensor, too).

The Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 R WR will be announced on September 3 at:

  • 01:00 AM New York Time
  • 07:00 AM Rome Time
  • 10:00 PM (of Sept. 2) San Francisco Time

There will be non-stop, all-day, full-time and never-ending live blogging on FujiRumors, so make sure to stay tuned and follow us.

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LEAKED: Fujinon XF 50mm f/1.0 Specs and Coming Sep. 3 for $1,499

Now also nokishita leaked the Fujinon XF50mm f/1.0 specs, and they confirm what we already told you and add a few more details.

  • 12 elements in 9 groups (including 1 aspherical lens and 2 ED lenses)
  • minimum shooting distance 0.7m
  • maximum shooting magnification 0.08x
  • number of diaphragm blades 9
  • Filter diameter 77mm
  • size φ87mm×103.5mm
  • weight 845g

Nokishita does not tell us about the announcement date and also not the price, but FujiRumors leaked it for you guys exclusively already.

Make sure to follow our LIVE BLOG on September 3.

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