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Rumor: Fujinon XC 15-45mm F3.5-5.6 OIS Pancake Power Zoom


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#1 Klaus

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:11 AM

Kinda nice if you are into small things at least


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:55 AM

Maybe a replacement for the 16-50 now better fitted (and with sufficient image quality) for video?

I would rather prefer an XF-non-pancake version more akin to the 18-55 for still images - a wider, not too fast, variable aperture and not to big standard zoom with good or better image quality as most popular systems (alas Sony...) offer. IMHO that is still an omission in the Fujifilm lens line-up.



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:10 AM

What do you really miss with the exisiting 18-55 / 16-50 / 16-55 /18-135 offerings? I keep on reading about the outstanding quality of the 18-55/2.8-4 (which I got cheap as 2nd hand) and the less so quality of the 16-55/2.8 but zoom lenses always have downsides and the Fujinon is pretty usable, I'd say. And the range is really overly populated by lenses, hence we still wait for a decent 300 mm, reasonably fast.



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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:40 AM

I welcome this new addition. I'm one of these guys who like small lenses :-)

I particularly like the 15mm at the wide-end which is rather unique et much more useful than the longer usual 55mm range IMO.

 

This being said, I fear that being an XC lens, it won't be that great IQ-wise. Plus, it will probably feature a plastic mount and no aperture ring.

If only it had it was a high quality XF lens :-(


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 11:49 AM

What do you really miss with the exisiting 18-55 / 16-50 / 16-55 /18-135 offerings? I keep on reading about the outstanding quality of the 18-55/2.8-4 (which I got cheap as 2nd hand) and the less so quality of the 16-55/2.8 but zoom lenses always have downsides and the Fujinon is pretty usable, I'd say. And the range is really overly populated by lenses, hence we still wait for a decent 300 mm, reasonably fast.

 

  • The 18-55 has indeed great IQ. However, it has 2 drawbacks for me: only 18mm at the wide-end. I'd like 16mm instead. Also, it suffers from AF issue (I wonder if it's unique to my copy or not). Sometimes, it doesn't AF where it says it does leading to slightly blurry images. It's the only lens I have that does this. Are you encountering this with yours, Joju ?
  • 16-50: about the same size as the 18-55 despite being much slower throughout the range. Good thing is that it starts at 16mm, but the overall IQ is not as good as the 18-55 and it has no aperture ring and a plastic mount. I had one and sold it.
  • 18-135: It only starts at 18mm, is quite a large for its specs and not so hot IQ-wise. 

Personally, I'd love to see a 13-40 "standard" lens for APS-C (20-60mm FF equivalent).

When I analyze which focal lengths I use the most when using standard zooms, it's mostly towards the wide-end. The long end is rarely used. A wider albeit shorter lens would make a lot more sense to me. I know there are options like 10-24 and so, but these are too specialty lenses.

I wonder why no manufacturer has ever tried to release such a lens 20-60 equivalent lens?

Is it too difficult to design? I would think given the limited range, it would be doable.


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Posted 09 January 2018 - 12:20 PM

thxbb12, my copy occupies only space in a drawer and ocassionally sees daylight. That happens when I want to travel very light, in daylight conditions. I'm not the best reference about it's AF capabilities, but there was a firmware 3.22 update coming out in October 2017 with the promise "Fix for wrong focal length display and shaking in peripheral part of images." - doesn't it do what it should?

 

As for IQ of any Fuji lens, I'm simply spoilt by Nikon/Sigma combinations and don't expect Fuji to work miracles. In low light the quality differences become massive. As in all kind of lights the weight difference is also pretty massive. I remember the Sigma 18-35/1.8 also as rather huge - and imagine that on a tiny Fuji body. That 13-40 sounds cool, but since the first number in superstition is an unlucky one, I'd opt for 12-40






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