It looks like Fujifilm takes weather sealing of its lenses very seriously. Steve Boykin of 35mmc recently lost a Fuji XF 23mm f/2 lens during a hike in the wilderness, firmly believing that he’d never find it. However, he did find it four months later, which is pretty incredible on its own. But what’s even more unbelievable that the lens is almost intact and it still works perfectly fine!
It’s been a pretty common thing since the early days of Nikon’s VR and Canon’s IS, that you turn stabilisation off in lenses when using a tripod. As technology has progressed, turning off the stabilisation hasn’t been important. Fuji, though, has long said that IBIS should be turned off in cameras when shooting on a tripod, nothing has really been said about their lenses. At least, not until now.
The folks at Fuji Rumors spotted in the manuals for the Fujinon XF 16-80mm f/4 and Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 lenses that users are specifically advised to keep stabilisation turned on all the time, even when using a tripod.
Fujifilm has just announced two new lenses for its two camera systems. The first is the 16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR, a versatile zoom for Fujifilm’s APS-C X-mount cameras. The second lens is the GF 50mm f/3.5 R LM WR, a compact prime designed for the medium format G-mount GFX system. Let’s check out more details and specs.
Along with the big announcement of the X-T30 mirrorless camera, Fujifilm has also announced a new lens you can pair with it. Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR is a wide-angle prime for X-Mount APS-C Fuji mirrorless cameras. It’s small, lightweight and therefore ideal for everyday use and travels.
Fujifilm has just announced its latest GF lens, the Fujinon GF 100-200mm f/5.6 R LM OIS WR. It’s made for medium-format GFX system. The lens offers 5-stop optical image stabilization. It’s designed particularly with nature and landscape photographers in mind, but I believe portrait photographers could find it useful as well. Let’s dive into specs and see what you can expect from the latest Fujifilm’s telephoto zoom.
I don’t know about you, but I find factory tours fascinating, especially when so much equipment is still being assembled by hand. Sure, the individual components manufacture may be automated, but to see them all come together to create the final by hand product is a wonderful sight. It’s also interesting to see how each company differs in their approach & working environment, too.
I used to think all this stuff was 99% automated until I started seeing tours of factories like Leica and Sony. This time we get to look inside Fujifilm’s Japanese Sendai factory, thanks to the folks at Cinema5D. The Sendai factory is where they make Fujinon MK lenses, the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm GFX and a few other cool toys.
Anybody who has ever tried to shoot video with a photography zoom lens understands the frustration it can cause. It seems natural to want to use the lenses we already own with DSLRs and mirrorless that can record video. After all, why spend money on a lens we already own, right? But things are a little more complicated than that. Photography lenses aren’t designed for video.
This video from The Camera Store TV is both hilarious and informative. It highlights the big differences between photography and cinema lenses. Why cinema lenses cost more money, and why you often can’t pull off the same shots with even pro photography lenses. I’m not sure which is funnier, though, the general idea of the sketch, or the acting abilities of those involved.