Today Fujifilm announced important two new lenses to be released around July, as well as their new lens roadmap, which continues to become more fully developed.
The two lenses announced today will be the 8-16mm f/2.8 professional-grade wide-zoom and the much-anticipated 200mm f/2.. The 8-16 f/2.8 will complete Fujifilm's of professional-level zooms covering the "classic" 16-35, 24-70 and 70-200 "holy trinity" focal lengths, all at f/2.8 constant max apertures. These lenses all are weather-resistant, optically superior zooms with fast linear AF motors, and bear the red PRO badge on the lens barrel. The 8-16mm and 70-150 lenses also have optical image stabilization.
Of most interest to me, they announced their first, big, fast long prime telephoto intended for professional photojournalism, sports and wildlife, the fantastic 200mm f/2.
The 200mm f/2 is of particular interest to me as a motorsports photojournalist, because, when Fujifilm was in discussions with their base of professional photographers about whether they should make an f/2.0 or f/2.8 200mm prime, the Fujifilm engineers formally stated that building the 200mm f/2 would "require an entirely new camera body". That camera body is the recently released Fujfilm X-H1. You can read my comments about the design brief of the X-H1 and why Fuji designed and built it in the way they did in my last blog post here: https://bit.ly/2NZy5hP
And... here it is: the new Fujinon XF 200 mm f/2.0 with Broadcast-grade optical specifications, and will provide 305mm focal length equivalent to 35mm format. and optical tolerances to < 0.1µm ( thats less <1/10th of a micron). Whoa.
This bad boy will weigh 5 lbs, which is specifically one of the reasons why the X-H1 was designed and built with the 2X stronger and much stiffer frame and significantly stronger, stiffer and more robust lens mount discussed in my blog article. The lens will sell with a newly designed 1.4X Extender specifically designed to accomodate this lens' speed that will provide equivalent focal length of 427 mm in 35 mm format.