Fujifilm Introduces New Weather Resistant Lens for their X-mount Cameras

FUJINON_XF16-55mm_f28_WR_1200.jpgFuji has just unveiled the new FUJINON XF16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR X-mount lens at CES 2015. Designed for use with their mirroless X-series ILCs, like the the X-T1 we reviewed in 2014, this new 24-84mm equivalent zoom lens offers a weather-resistant design, coupled with high-quality optics.

It boasts a fast maximum aperture of f/2.8, includes their Twin Linear AF motor for quiet and fast autofocus, features 3 ED glass elements, and a new Nano-GI coating to help reduce lens flare and ghosting.

The lens will start shipping sometime next month (February, 2015), with a suggested retail price of $1,199.95 USD. See the official press release below for more details.



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FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES NEW WEATHER RESISTANT

XF16-55MMF2.8 R LM WR AT 2015 CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW

With photojournalists in mind, new XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers ultra-sharp images in challenging weather conditions

 

Valhalla, N.Y., January 6, 2015 - FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR, a weather-resistant standard zoom lens with a 24-84mm equivalent that offers users the classic zoom range with a constant F2.8 in the market today. The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR uses 14 sealing points for a durable, weather-resistant and dust-proof design that make it the perfect companion for photojournalists who do not want to compromising when weather conditions are the most challenging. Whether shooting wide angle landscapes or medium-telephoto portraits, the XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers ideal image results from edge to edge.

 

The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR delivers on its promise of extremely high resolution and stunning bokeh for professional-grade results when paired with the FUJIFILM X-T1, or any X-Series CSC. The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR also uses the newly-developed Nano-GI (Gradient Index) coating technology to effectively inhibit ghosting and flare, producing clear images from edge-to-edge.

The XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR uses a light weight Internal Focusing System and a Twin Linear Motor for high-speed autofocus (AF) and whisper quiet AF as fast as 0.06 seconds. When combined with the near-silent shutter sound of the FUJIFILM X-T1, photos can be taken unnoticed in quiet and sensitive locations.

 

Perfect match for the FUJIFILM X-T1

The award-winning FUJIFILM X-T1 is a weather-resistant premium interchangeable lens camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) that delivers a near-instant image preview. It has the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and the segment's fastest autofocus of 0.10 seconds that allows photographers to capture amazing, high resolution images anywhere.

 

FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR (24-84mm) R LM WR key features:

  • FUJIFILM X-Mount is compatible with all FUJIFILM interchangeable system cameras
  • Weather-resistant design with 14 sealing points
  • 0.06 seconds autofocus speed and nearly silent operation
  • Uses 17 elements in 12 groups, including 3 aspherical lens elements to control spherical aberration and distortion, and 3 ED glass lens elements to reduce lateral and axial chromatic aberration
  • Nano-GI coating alters the refractive index between glass and air to reduce ghosting and flare
  • 9 blade aperture creates smooth and circular bokeh
  • 1/3 EV steps
  • Minimum working distance of less than 12 inches

 

The FUJINON XF16-55mmF2.8 R LM WR will be available in February 2015 for USD $1,199.95 and CAD $1,299.95.

 

 

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