The flood of mirrorless news hasn’t abated even after the various announcement by Olympus, Samsung and Canon. This time we have some updates from the Fujifilm and Micro Four Thirds front!
Updated Fujifilm Lens Roadmap (2015 and 2016)
In just three years, Fujifilm has become an extremely important reference in the mirrorless world. It has released a total of seven interchangeable APS-C cameras and sixteen lenses, all of which have met great success. Now, it looks as if the company is close to finishing its line-up of X series lenses, as it updates its lens roadmap with its final offerings.
In 2015, we can expect to see three professional primes: a XF 16mm f/1.4 R, XF 35mm f/2 R and XF 90mm f/2 R. While we already knew of the arrival of the 16mm and 90mm, the 35mm is a welcome surprise. It will be smaller and lighter than the original 35mm f/1.4 and weather resistant.
Then in 2016 the much anticipated super telephoto zoom, the XF 100-400mm, will make its debut alongside the XF 120mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro lens. The latter will be the second macro lens in the Fujifilm X line-up.
To accompany these lenses, we’ll also see the arrival of a 1.4x teleconverter in late 2014, which will be compatible with the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R, XF 120mm f/2.8 R Macro, XF 100-400mm.
At this point, there isn’t much more Fujifilm can do than continue to update older lenses, produce more powerful cameras and perhaps, just perhaps, move onto an entirely new system altogether. We’ll just have to wait and see what the Fuji future holds!
Three Additions to the Four Thirds Standard Group
The Four Thirds Group has just announced that three companies will be joining its ranks. The first is DJI, a Chinese company that specialises in drone technology and camera stabilisation systems for filmmaking professionals. The second is JCD, another Chinese company that designs lenses for cameras and manufactures optical components. Finally, we have Flovel, a Japanese company with a specialisation in high-sensitivity cameras used for medical and scientific purposes.
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