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Fujifilm reveals plans for firmware upgrade, three new XF lenses

While Fujifilm’s X-Pro and X-T series cameras have always been intrinsically different machines that appeal to different types of photographers, the underlying technology is incredibly similar. With each new model, Fujifilm introduces new features and improvements that can benefit either product line. The X-Pro2 may only be half a year old, but the X-T2 announced Thursday has already improved upon it with a faster autofocus system. Fortunately, that improvement — and more — will be coming to the X-Pro2 via a firmware update.

The new firmware, which should arrive in October, according to DPReview, will boost both the speed and accuracy of the X-Pro2’s AF system by incorporating the upgraded algorithm found in the X-T2. It will not, however, include the X-T2’s Custom Settings function in the continuous AF mode.

Other features arriving with the firmware update include improved parallax correction for the optical viewfinder, support for the new EF-X500 flash (announced Thursday alongside the X-T2), and more options for the time delay setting for the Auto Power Off function.

In exciting news for all Fujifilm fans, the company also revealed a new XF lens roadmap that hints at three new lenses, all bearing the high-end R designation. The plans call for a 23mm f/2 R WR, 50mm f/2 R WR, and 80mm f/2.8 R WR Macro with image stabilization. Notably, the 80mm Macro is replacing the previously planned 120mm f/2.8 Macro.

The lenses will be compatible with all X-Series interchangeable lens cameras, but the WR tag indicates weather resistance, meaning these new primes are designed with X-Pro2 and X-T1/X-T2 users in mind. The smaller maximum aperture of f/2 on the 23mm and 50mm also implies a more compact design compared to Fujifilm’s existing lenses at or near those focal lengths, which should make them well-suited for street and travel photography.

Accordingto  the roadmap, the 23mm should arrive sometime this year, while the 50mm and 80mm won’t come until 2017.