Fujifilm is rumored to announce the XF 23mm f/2 wide-angle prime lens in September this year, most likely at the Photokina 2016 event, while a photo of the upcoming XF 2X TC WR teleconverter has just been leaked.
Following the success of its 35mm f/2 R WR lens, Fujifilm has confirmed that it will introduce new f/2 primes that will be both compact and lightweight. However, the Japan-based company refused to confirm the focal length of the optics.
The good thing is that the rumor mill exists, as highly-trusted sources have revealed that the manufacturer is working on a 23mm wide-angle prime. After stating that the product is coming in 2016, an insider is now claiming that the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR lens will become official this September.
Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR lens rumored to be unveiled in time for Photokina 2016
Mirrorless cameras are small devices that do not weigh much. They are nice to have a around, great to use, and easy to carry. Nevertheless, lenses have no dropped in size as much as photographers wanted. Still, there are some which are compact, such as the aforementioned 35mm f/2 R WR. More are coming and one of them is the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR lens.
It would be nice for other mirrorless camera makers to launch premium lenses that do not become a burden during long walks or photoshoots, but right now it seems like Fuji is heading into the right direction.
The X-mount 23mm wide-angle prime will provide a full-frame equivalent of about 35mm. It will be weathersealed, therefore it will not be bothered by sand, moisture, or water droplets.
Earlier this year, it was said that the optic will be announced sometime in 2016. A more accurate timeframe is now available: the product will be unveiled in September.
As Photokina 2016 starts at the end of this September, it is safe to assume that the Fujifilm XF 23mm f/2 WR lens will be introduced ahead of the event.
Photos of unannounced XF 2X TC WR teleconverter leaked online
In the meantime, a different source leaked the first images of the XF 2X TC WR teleconverter. It will double the focal length of any X-mount lens attached to Fujifilm’s mirrorless cameras.
This is great news for action, bird, or sports photographers, as Fuji is still somewhat behind its rivals when it comes to its telephoto portfolio. The teleconverter will be revealed within a few days and will be released within a couple of months.