Fujifilm unveils small 35mm prime lens that delivers big results

Fujifilm is adding a new 35mm lens to the growing lineup of X-mount glass for its X-series mirrorless cameras. The lens joins a new teleconverter, both announced at the 2015 PhotoPlus Expo.

The Fujinon XF35mmF2 R WR is a prime lens with a max f/2 aperture (Fujifilm has an existing 35mm lens with an f/1.4 aperture). The company says the lens has a focal length with an angle of view that is similar to the human eye. It has a weather-resistant body (sealed to protect against rain, dust, and splashes). The lens is very compact, yet inside there are nine glass elements in six groups (two aspherical elements for reducing spherical aberration), and there is a stepping motor for quiet operation (important if you’re shooting movies or in a discreet environment) and fast autofocusing (0.08 seconds). The glass is coated to reduce ghosting and flare, and a nine-blade aperture helps to create nice bokeh. For more advanced users, the lens has 1/3 EV steps and a minimum shooting distance of 13 inches. The lens will go on sale in November for $400.

For owners of the Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR, there’s a new teleconverter for increasing the focal range. The Fujinon XF1.4X TC WR is a weather-resistant adapter that extends the range by 1.4x (70-200mm) – letting you get closer to a subject or object without actually doing so. Constructed of seven elements in three groups, the adapter will add a higher f-stop when it’s used, but Fujifilm says it will maintain performance of the lens. The teleconverter will go on sale in December for $450. Fujifilm says the teleconverter will also work with an upcoming Fujinon XF100-400mm lens that’s currently in development. See more samples here.

To use either product, X-series camera owners will need to download a firmware update onto their camera, available on October 29.

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