The first weathersealed Fujifilm X-mount lens will get a proper official announcement in mid-June, while its release date will be set for sometime in July 2014.
Fujifilm X-T1 is the first weathersealed X-mount mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. In fact, the X-T1 is the first X-series shooter which does not fear water droplets at all, allowing wildlife and sports photographers to have their way with the device regardless of the weather conditions.
Along with the X-T1, the first weathersealed Fujifilm X-mount lens has been unveiled. The company has promised that it will ship in June and that it may get a proper announcement sometime in May. However, the product launch event has not occurred, yet, and it seems like the release date is not happening this June.
According to an inside source, the Fujifilm XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR lens will be announced in mid-June and released on the market in July.
First weathersealed Fujifilm X-mount lens to become official in mid-June, released in July
As you probably know by now, the first Fuji weatherperoof lens for X-mount cameras is the aforementioned XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R OIS WR. It will offer a 35mm focal length equivalent of 27mm to 202.5mm.
The maximum aperture has been subject of debate after the company has revealed a prototype with an f/3.5-4.8 setting. However, it seems like the max aperture will have the value first announced by Fujifilm during the X-T1 launch event.
After being rumored to be announced and released in late May, it seems like the optic will most likely become official in the middle of June with a July release date. This represents a one month delay from what the Japanese corporation first planned, but always keep in mind that it is better late than never.
Fuji to launch 16-55mm f/2.8 and 50-140mm f/2.8 weathersealed lenses in late 2014 and early 2015
In the meantime, the rumor mill does not have any information about other products in Fujifilm’s 2014-2015 roadmap, which includes two other weathersealed lenses.
The XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R OIS WR will probably be unveiled at Photokina 2014 and be released by the end of the year. It will offer a 35mm equivalent of 24mm to 82.5mm, while its maximum aperture will remain constant at f/2.8 throughout the zoom range.
On the other hand, the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 R OIS WR optic will be introduced in late 2014 and released in early 2015, though things could easily change. Its 35mm equivalent consists of 75-210mm and its f/2.8 maximum aperture is also constant throughout the zoom range.
Take this with a pinch of salt and wait to see how this story will unfold!