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Fujifilm Canada Announces New XF55-200mm Telephoto Lens, New Firmware for X-Pro1 & X-E1 and Updated XF Lens Roadmap

FUJIFILM Canada announces:

  • The launch of the FUJINON XF55-200mm (83-300mm*1) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS:
    • This is the first XF telephoto zoom lens for the X-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera System that includes the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1

  • New firmware will also be released to improve auto focus performance for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1:
    • This new lens firmware will be available in July 2013 for download at www.fujifilm.ca
      • Please note that it will be necessary to update the firmware on all XF lenses except the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS

  • An updated XF lens roadmap following the initial XF lens roadmap released in June 2012

This video presents “Fuji Guys – Fujifilm Fujinon XF55-200mm (83-300mm) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS – Review”:

  • The Fuji Guys Billy (@fujiguys) gives you a hands on preview of the brand new Fujifilm Fujinon XF55-200mm (83-300mm) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS Telephoto Zoom Lens for the X-Series Camera System

PRESS RELEASE

Fujifilm Announces the Latest Addition to the Highly Acclaimed Series of XF Lenses – the XF55-200mm Telephoto Lens and Updated XF Lens Roadmap

New updated firmware for FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and X-E1 will increase auto focus performance

Mississauga, ON, April 17, 2013 – FUJIFILM Canada today announced the launch of the FUJINON XF55-200mm (83-300mm*1) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS, the first XF telephoto zoom lens for the X-Series Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera System that includes the award-winning FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1. The all new XF55mm-200mm (83-300mm) F3.5-F4.8 gives photographers a fast aperture across the entire zoom range and outstanding image stabilization for sharp, high resolution images.

“Adding this newly designed, advanced telephoto zoom lens to our XF lens line-up will allow photographers who are using our premium X-Pro1 and X-E1 cameras to gain more shooting flexibility. With this cutting edge optical technology at their fingertips, it will enhance the way they capture images,” says Greg Poole, Vice President, Imaging and Recording Media Products, Fujifilm Canada.

FUJINON XF55-200mm (83-300mm*1) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS
The all new FUJINON XF55-200mm lens gives users a fast F3.5-4.8 lens that produces sharp images across its entire zoom range, from edge-to-edge. Its image stabilization function enables the use of shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower than otherwise possible, preventing camera shake even when shooting hand-held in low-light situations, or when shooting at a stopped down aperture.

The XF55-200mm lens includes two linear motors for high-speed AF of 0.28 seconds*2 to quickly focus on your subject. Together with its high quality metal design, the XF55-200mm lens delivers an easy-to-transport lens with a large maximum aperture for outstanding mobility and performance.

The FUJINON XF55-200mm (83-300mm*1) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS lens features:

  • An advanced optical design to cover mid-telephoto (83mm) to telephoto (300mm)
  • Image stabilization for shutter speeds up to 4.5 stops slower
  • Two linear motors for high-speed AF and quiet operation
  • Two ED lens elements and one Super ED lens element for increased performance and effective control against chromatic aberrations
  • FUJINON’s proprietary HT-EBC coating on the entire lens surface to effectively prevent reflections, and control flare and ghosting
  • Minimum focal distance of 1.1m across the entire zoom range to enable telephoto close-ups
  • A 1/3EV step aperture ring for users to easily adjust the aperture while holding the camera up to their eye
  • High quality, metal construction focus ring and aperture ring

Pricing and Availability
The FUJINON XF55-200mm (83-300mm*1) F3.5-F4.8 R LM OIS will be available June 2013 at the price of $700.

For complete specs, please go to: www.fujifilm.ca/telephotolens or check out the Fuji Guys YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/fujiguy

New Firmware for FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1
New firmware will also be released to improve auto focus performance for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 and FUJIFILM X-E1*3. The new firmware maximizes the benefit of the XF lenses and enables the cameras to search the contrast AF quickly throughout the full range of focal length. The focus speed will be as fast as 0.7 seconds even if it searches from infinity to MOD at the telephoto end.

The new firmware*3 will be available in July 2013 for download at www.fujifilm.ca.

Updated FUJINON XF Lens Roadmap
Fujifilm is committed to the entire X-Series line of advanced digital cameras and FUJINON XF lens, and is issuing an updated XF lens roadmap following the initial XF lens roadmap released in June 2012. *4,5

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With 10 FUJINON XF lenses and the three new X-Mount lenses that Carl Zeiss announced in September 2012, there will soon be 13 high-performance lenses available for the X-Mount system to meet the needs of every photographer and support a wide range of photography from ultra-wide-angle at 10-24mm (15-36mm*1) to super-telephoto of 55-200mm (83-300mm*1.)

End 2013
In late 2013, Fujifilm will deliver the pancake XF27mm (41mm*1) F2.8 high performance single focal length lens. Fujifilm will then launch the super wide zoom XF10mm-24mm (15-36mm*1) F4 lens with optical image stabilization and the single focal length XF23mm (35mm*1) F1.4 lens.

Early 2014
In early 2014, FUJINON will launch its premier prime portrait lens, the XF56mm (84mm*1) F1.2R.

For information about the Carl Zeiss X-mount lenses, please visit http://lenses.zeiss.com.

*1 35mm format equivalent
*2 based on CIPA standards
*3 It will be necessary to update the firmware on all XF lenses except the XF55-200mmF3.5-4.8 R LM OIS. The lens firmware will be available from July 2013.
*4 Images are not of the final product.
*5 Roadmap is as of April 17, 2013. Specifications are subject to change.

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