Fujifilm’s new fancy flash gun is on its way but they have put three new lenses on the “Road Map”; a 35mm f2 water resistant – which we already knew of, but new to me are a 23mm F2 WR and (most interesting) they have dropped the idea of a 120mm macro and are working on an 80 or 85mm f2.8 macro which will be WR and be compatible with the converters and has high performance IS.
Yes, the new WR lenses are designed to have faster AF with the X-Pro2 and X-T2. The older lenses have heavier glass (which gives better image quality) but focus by moving several of these heavy lens elements (which makes for slower AF). The new 23mm (and presumably the 80 or 85mm) has a lighter construction and a focussing mechanism that can move the focussing elements faster, but – Fuji claims – without noticeable loss of IQ. (The same considerations apply to Fuji’s two 35mm primes that are already available.)
The idea of an X-Pro2 with the 23mm F2 WR lens appeals to me a lot. And by October, when the lens is due, the camera body may have got cheaper – I hope!
I am most curious about the 80 macro. The originally intended 120mm was too long for general use but Canon had a 180mm macro L and I wondered if that had inspired the 120mm (same angle of view). In any event the 120 will now not be made and we have a probably more useful 80mm. The 60mm macro they already make only gives a 50% life-size image but it is of good image quality, though I find the very large lenshood very clumsy and the 39mm filter size annoying.
It is certain to be. With WR, OIS, and R rating plus converter compatibility it is going to be joining the Fuji elite lenses. Some of the Fuji glass is quite expensive and this one will have to be good to eclipse the Canon 100mm f2,8 which I have always found to be excellent and the cheaper “non-L” version is only £373, L is under £700. I don’t see the Fuji being less than £700!
On prices generally I wonder if we will ever see the “buy two lenses for £650 and get a Pro-1 free” sort of bargain ever again? The Pro-2 has been out for 6 or 7 months with no real price change and the lens offers have been less generous than in the past. I guess they have established themselves now.