22 Feb X Series Telephoto Prime On Its Way
GREAT NEWS!! This morning Fujifilm sent out a press release to announce some new developments for the X Series and GFX systems. The thing that caught my eye is the one item I, and my fellow sports photographers, have been asking for ever since the 100-400mm telephoto zoom was launched last year and that is a fast telephoto prime lens has been added to the road map for 2018.
Now if you have been a regular reader of this blog you can’t have failed to have seen my rugby images and the issue with having to crank up the ISO under the floodlights due to the limits imposed by the f5.6 maximum aperture. The Telephoto Prime Lens will solve this issue and the other prime consideration and that is background separation in the images.
Now Fujifilm haven’t said what the maximum aperture will be on the new lens but the Fujinon primes to date have all been f2.8 or wider. The standard lens for a sports photographer is either a 300mm f2.8 or 400mm f2.8 so we should expect the new lens to match these standards, maybe even surpass them! So it is a case of watch this space.
There is also an ultra wide angle zoom on the road map for next year and this is also something we have been asking for and I look forward to seeing that lens when it is released.
As a Fujifilm X Photographer specialising in sport and wildlife I really look forward to getting my hands on these lenses in due course….