New Fuji 18-135mm Lens Leaks Prior To Rumored Monday Announcement

Gear & App Rumors June 15th 2014 10:13 AM 3 Comments

One of the biggest complaints about the Fuji X-System that I have heard, and that I agree with, is the lack of many telephoto zoom options. This is something that Fuji is aware of and is working to remedy, and one of their first moves into that space is the upcoming XF 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 R LM OIS lens, which is rumored to be announced officially tomorrow.

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Ahead of that announcement, images have leaked of the new Fuji 18-135mm lens, and it looks like you would expect a Fuji lens to look. While I am happy to see Fuji taking steps to make more telephoto options, between the 55-200mm, 50-230mm and now this 18-135mm, I think they have the amateur telephoto market covered. What we really need is a quality 70-200mm F/2.8.

This new 18-135mm is expected to be available for around $1000 US, which is almost laughable if you ask me. To put that in perspective for you, the Canon 18-135mm is only $550, almost half of what this new Fuji is rumored to be. It would be one thing if the Fuji lens was a solid F/4 or F/2.8, but with a variable aperture of F/3.5-5.6, I don’t know anyone in their right mind that would pay $1,000 for that – unless somehow the image quality is unrivaled, but even then, it’s a very hard sell.

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It honestly scares me to think about how much a quality 70-200mm F/2.8 will cost on the Fuji system if the rumored $1,000 price tag on this 18-135mm turns out to be correct. Here’s to hoping that the rumored pricing is incorrect.

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What are your thoughts on Fuji’s recent push into the telephoto zoom arena? What are your thoughts on the rumored price of $1,000 for this 18-135mm? Leave a comment below!

[via Mirrorless Rumors]
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3 Comments

  1. MattKoz

    Well, one of the great things about Fuji is that they publish their roadmap. On it, it clearly states that a 50-140mm 2.8 (which is a full frame equivalent of a 70-200) will be coming out later this year, along with a 16-55 2.8 (roughly a 24-70) lens too. Not sure about the pricing but if those compare to the quality of their primes, they’ll be worth every cent.

    • Josh

      75-210 f/4.2
      And it will probably cost as much as the Canon 70-200 2.8 IS II which seems a bit crazy to me.

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