In conjunction with their X-T30 announcement, Fujifilm has announced a new lens and firmware updates coming to their existing cameras. The new lens, a 16mm F2.8 R WR will be a compact, weather-sealed 24mm-equivalent (full-frame equivalent) lens positioned as a companion to the existing popular 23mm, 35mm, and 50mm WR primes from Fuji.
The lens, which adopts an internal focus system and stepping motor, will autofocus quickly and quietly. It i s sealed at nine different points around the barrel to be weather-proof and dustproof. Constructed from 10 elements in 8 groups, it only weighs approximately 155 g, making it a compact, lightweight option and easy to carry around. The lens will be available in black or silver, expected in March and May respectively, at a price of $499.99.
Also announced was a firmware update (v3.0) for the X-T3, which will be available in April. The update will improve the autofocus speed and accuracy, particularly in the face detection algorithm. The new algorithm will also allow users to select a face to prioritize in settings such as group photos, where there are multiple faces in frame. The update will also improve the touchscreen operability to be more intuitive.