PMA@CES 2014: Fujifilm Releases the Black X100s and 56mm f/1.2R X Lens

Fujifilm X100S in Black
Fujifilm X100S in Black

For those who are clamouring (or used to clamour) for the black version of the highly-popular X100s, Fujifilm has released the black X100s at the yearly Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 at Las Vegas. Everything remains the same as the chrome X100s, just the colour.

Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2R
Fujinon XF56mm f/1.2R

In more exciting news, Fuji also added a new lens to the X-series lineup – the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2R, brining the total number of X-series lenses to 12. This provides photographers using the X-series interchangeable lens cameras like the X-Pro1 and X-E2 an 85mm f/1.2 equivalent portrait lens with that creamy bokeh that everyone loves.

The lens features a metal aperture ring and a “perfectly torqued” fly-by-wire focus ring which aids in precise manual focussing.

The lens will be available from March 2014 at about US$1,000.

YS: Also interesting is the updated lens road map. There will be a superzoom (bleah) in the form of an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS, then there are the f/2.8 zooms in the 16-55mm f/2.8 OIS and 50-140mm f/2.8 OIS. Those two could be mighty tasty, but they will also come with the added weight and bulk of a f/2.8 zoom. I will speculate and guess that the 16-55 is likely to be around 500g, and the 50-140 is likely to be around 1kg. We shall see when they actually appear.

There there is also the vague mention of a high-speed wide angle prime, and a super-telephoto zoom lens. My guess is a 16mm f/2.0 and a 100-300mm f/4 lens. Again, let’s see what the actual lenses are going to be when they are announced later in the year.

Image credit: Fujifilm Press Images

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