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Recently we told you that Fujifilm will launch the Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R WR in 2021.
I noticed some saying that this is the much desired and awaited XF35mmF1.4 R WR.
But it’s not, for these two reasons:
Saying that the XF33mmF1.4 is the XF35mmF1.4 MKII would be like saying that the upcoming XF18mmF1.4 is a MK II version of the XF16mmF1.4, which it obviously is not.
That would be already enough. But I’ll give you more!
So far Fujifilm has released the following MK II version of existing lenses:
In all the MKII lens versions listed above, the optical formula inside the lens remains the same. What changes are other things, like the addition of weather sealing, or OIS improvements, or addition or aperture ring etc.
The upcoming Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R WR instead will not follow that pattern, coming in with a slightly different focal length and consequently also a different optical design compared to the Fujinon XF35mmF1.4 R.
And you know what? That’s good so.
I know this opinion makes me very unpopular in the Fuji community, but as I have written in the past, I don’t think Fujifilm should update the XF35mmF1.4 R. I own this lens (see it at work in Barcelona here), and I love it as it is, with its (well calculated) imperfections that give it that magic look Fujifilm explained here.
If Fujifilm would release an XF35mmF1.4 II, people would have certain expectations, for example they’d want it to keep the same size of the XF35mmF1.4, or they’d want it retain the IQ magic and so forth.
But the XF33mmF1.4 will give Fujifilm design freedom.
If they want to make it optically clinically perfect and give it super autofocus, then they can just make it significantly bigger and put big glass and huge AF motors in it. Or, on the contrary, if they want to make it smaller, they can chose to rely more on digital image quality correction to keep size down as much as possible.
Whatever way Fujifilm decides to go for, they can do so because this will be a new lens, with its own characteristics that will make it very different from the current and much loved XF35mmF1.4 R.
Everything is possible with the XF33mmF1.4 R WR, as nobody expects it to be the XF35mmF1.4 MKII.
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