Fuji Announces New 16mm F2.8 R WR lens, Firmware Updates

  By Kaitlyn Kerr

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.

New firmware (v2.00) for the X-T100 and X-A5 also was announced, which will include advanced features for shooting a variety of scenes.

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn Kerr

Kaitlyn is a craft beer enthusiast and self-labelled film nerd. Suitably, she is one of the hosts of Calgary's Beers & Cameras meetup group. She also drinks too much coffee and wants to see too many places. When not helping coordinate events or exploring whatever city, town, or backroad she can, she also works as a freelance photographer and assistant.