The Fujinon XF16mm f/2.8 will be available in silver on May 23rd according to DC.Watch. It has been available in black for a few months now and B&H Photo already has the silver edition listed for preorder. On the other hand, Adorama says it will start shipping May 31st.
The Canon RP looked like a crazy value when it was launched, but it’s interesting to see now that its full frame sensor can’t keep up with Fujifilm APS-C X-Trans III or X-Trans IV cameras anywhere near base ISO. While Photons to Photos hasn’t added the Fujifilm X-T30 yet it’s safe to say it will match the X-T3 closely just like the X-T2 and X-T20. If you want to manipulate the above comparison you can do so here.
The Kamlan FS 50mm f/1.1 will be coming to Kickstarter in May according to their Facebook page.Kamlan FS 50mm f/1.1
Fujifilm’s latest firmware 3.00 is definitely an improvement, but it is getting some mixed reviews. Some are saying that the update is comparable to the a6400’s AF system while others are just calling it usable. I think a lot of the variation is coming from the lenses used at this point because red-badged lenses seem to be performing on par with Sony cameras. My Fujinon XF50-140mmF2.8 R LM OIS WR works perfectly with firmware 3.00 and I couldn’t be happier with the step up in performance.
The Fujinon XF80mm is Fujifilm’s first 1:1 macro and many have given it a positive review, but Optical Limits formally photozone.de got their hands on the lens and did some technical testing. The XF80 has very low distortion and has some noticeable vignetting, reaching peak performance by f/5.6. This is a lens I have wanted for a while and Optical Limits Highly recommends it and their conclusion is below.
STC Optical Clip Filter is expanding their clip-on filter line up to include Fujifilm cameras and more. These filters are popular among photographers that do now want to deal with filter systems or owning multiple sized filters since they sit on the sensor. They are also great for astrophotography. We have an astrophotography addict group that you can join that is picking up with the season upon us now.
Fujifilm X-T30 v XF23 f/2 (Save $300): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama Fujifilm X-T30 v XF35 f/2 (Save $300): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama Fujifilm X-T30 v XF50 f/2 (Save $300): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Cytotron Japan Co., Ltd. will release an APS-C compatible single-focus lens “KAMLAN 8mm F3.0” on April 20 as a new product of the “KAMLAN” brand. The suggested retail price is open. Estimated over-the-counter price is around 25,000 yen excluding tax ($223 USD).