Fuji’s mirrorless lineup has been around for long enough now that the lens lineup is pretty well fleshed out. Despite the lack of 3rd party manufacturers (although Sigma’s rumoured to be working on it), Fuji’s managed to do quite well on its own to meet the needs of their customers. But there are some gaps.
Fuji only has one super-telephoto zoom (the XF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6) and no really long primes. According to a report on FujiRumors, though, it seems that Fuji’s working on another long super-telephoto zoom, that’ll offer a focal length range of 150-500mm. This would provide a similar field of view on Fuji cameras to that of a 225-750mm focal length range on a full-frame body.
The Fuji XF 100-400mm, their only other super-telephoto lens, is already quite long to be fair, given Fuji’s 1.5x crop APS-C sensor. It offers a field of view equivalent to that of a 150-600mm lens on full-frame. But a 150-500mm would bump that a little further, going up to a 750mm full-frame equivalent field of view. Perfect for wildlife and sports shooters or those who are really social distancing.
FR say the information comes from a trusted source, but there are few details. In fact, the photo above that FR posted isn’t even the rumoured lens. It’s just a mockup. Other than the focal length range, there’s pretty much nothing. There’s no mention of aperture, for example. It’s highly doubtful that it would have a fixed aperture, but there’s no mention of what the maximums might be at each end of the focal range on a variable aperture.
Even if this lens is released at some point this year and quenches the thirst of some photographers, Fuji will still have a few long focal length holes to fill in their selection of prime lenses and it doesn’t look like Fuji has any of those on the horizon. Perhaps this lens would be just to help keep people happy until they get around to making those.
Is this a lens you’d want for your Fuji camera?