Fujifilm new system X – new mirrorless and fixed lenses f1.4

Mirrorless camera X-T30 II

The new camera, simply put, remains in the body of the original X-T30, but takes over the sensor technology from the more advanced X-T4. The X-T30 II thus retains a low weight of 378 g and compact dimensions of 118 (h) x 83 (w) x 47 (h) mm. Nothing fundamental changes on the camera body, the electronic viewfinder remained the same (diagonal 0.39 ”, resolution 2.36 Mpix, magnification 0.62), as did the controls. The only major change to the body of the device is the touch LCD display – He remained tilting the resolution has increased of 1.04 million to 1.62 million points.

A more substantial change has taken place within. The resolution of the sensor remained 26.1 Mpix (on APS-C absolutely sufficient), it is a new type back side illuminated (BSI) with X-Trans mask. The new sensor accompanies X-Processor 4 also taken from X-T4. These changes are reflected in better focusing speeds, the new X-T30 II focuses in as little as 0.02 s compared to about 0.05-0.06 s in the older version. The shift is decent, especially in the area that bothers SLRs the most. The second positive effect is the ability to focus at light levels up to -4 EV (contrast detection), respectively. -7 EV (phase detection). However, when comparing with other models or manufacturers, the lens must be taken into account – the stated value applies to XF50mmF1.0!

In addition to the above changes, new will also please with the price, about 13% lower compared to the X-T30 (CZK 22,990 vs. CZK 25,990). Availability at the beginning of October 2021. If you are considering purchasing a new X-T30, it pays to wait for version II. Due to better performance and lower price of the novelty, an upgrade is also worth considering. Compared to the competition, it offers a good mix of specific design and control, film simulations and light lenses designed for a smaller sensor (smaller dimensions and weight – although, as you can read below, this is not always the case).

Objektivy XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR a XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR

The arrival of new light lenses was expected, the question was only when. While XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR was expected later this year, XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR until next year. So it’s a little surprise that we’ll see both of them this year. First of all, I must state that the change in both glasses is not only cosmetic, but the lenses have been reworked, from the ground up.

XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR has a diameter of 67 mm and a length of 78 mm, which is – 5 mm in diameter, resp. + 15 mm in length compared to its predecessor XF23 mm F1.4 R. The weight is 375 g, ie 75 g more. The aperture is round, nine lamella (compared to seven lamellas). The autofocus is driven by a linear motor, the aperture ring is retained. The lens is newly sealed against the weather. The diameter of the filter thread is 58 mm, compared to 62 mm.

The optical design is brand new, consisting of 15 members in 10 groups, including two aspherical and three low scatter glasses. The optics allow you to focus from as little as 19 cm, which is also a shift. You can make your own judgment about optical performance or quality from sample slides. Below is one for illustration on aperture f1.4.

The second introduced lens, XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR, is a successor to the XF35mmF1.4 R, although the focal length is 2 mm shorter. The lens has a diameter of 67 mm and a length of 74 mm, which is + 2 mm in diameter, respectively. significant + 24 mm in length. It weighs 360 g compared to 187 g of the XF35 f1.4 R model! As far as the mechanical construction is concerned, the same applies as for the new XF23mmF1.4, including the diameter of the filter thread.

The optical structure consists of 15 members in 10 groups, two of which are aspherical and three with low scattering. The minimum focusing distance is 30 cm. We can find it on the web sample slides, below one for illustration, for change on aperture f5.6.

Fujinon XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR

Fujinon XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR

Focal distance [mm]

Ekvivalent full frame [mm]

Min. focusing air [cm]

15 members, 10 groups (3 x ASF, 2 x ED)

15 members, 10 groups (3 x ASF, 2 x ED)

Fujifilm plays a bit of its own league in the field of APS-C mirrorless cameras, no other manufacturer in this segment has such a selection of camera models and their own lenses. On the other hand, for the X bayonet there are fewer alternative glass manufacturers, of the autofocus ones it is only Zeiss, Viltrox, or Tokina (re-branded Viltrox) and one Tamron, still missing the popular Sigma. Originals from Fuji are about 2 times more expensive than the equally bright and popular Viltroxy / Tokins.

XF23mmF1.4 R LM WR will be sold for about 25,990 including VAT, as well as older versions. It will be available from November 2021. XF33mmF1.4 R LM WR has a set price of CZK 19,990, which is more than it costs XF35mmF1.4 R. Availability from the end of September, resp. at the beginning of October 2021.

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