Fujifilm XF 50mm f/1 R WR Lens in Development instead of 33mm f/1

Alongside the announcement of the X-Pro 3 camera, Fujifilm has said it is developing a XF 50mm f/1.0 lens for its X-mount mirrorless cameras and cancelling the promised 33mm f/1.

As part of the presentation, Fujifilm’s Head of Product Planning, Takashi Ueno said that the XF 33mm f/1 R WR Lens had become too big and heavy as it was being developed. The latest prototype weighed 1300g (45.8oz), included 15 elements and necessitated the addition of a tripod foot. Instead the company has said it will build a 50mm F1.0, that can be under 900g (31.7oz).

The ultra-fast Fujifilm XF 50mm f/1 R WR will be the first mirrorless lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.0 with AF capability.

The result is a very different lens: a 75mm equivalent, rather than 50mm equiv. people were expecting. The two sponsored ‘X Photographers’ at the event suggested it could be useful for wedding and portrait photographers.

One of these professionals, Bert Stephani, expressed a the hope that the company will re-work its XF 35mm F1.4: one of the first lenses in the X system, whose autofocus isn’t up to the same standard as the company’s more recent designs.

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