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Fuji Announces Fujiflm GFX 50S 240mm Lens & 1.4 Teleconverter + 6 Camera Firmware Updates

By Holly Roa on April 11th 2018

Digital medium format photography was once out of reach for most photographers, but the wave of newer, less expensive cameras including Fuji’s GFX 50S is changing things. For those who are contemplating the move to medium format or have already jumped on board, new telephoto and macro options for Fuji’s system have just sweetened the pot. 

Fuji has just announced the new GF250mm F4 R LM OIS WR lens, Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR, and MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes.

The GF250mm f/4 R LM OIS will feature five-stop image stabilization, very handy when working with longer focal lengths. It will also showcase a new technology that allows photographers to save and utilize focus presets. The accompanying teleconverter is designed for use with this lens specifically and will expand the 250mm f/4 R LM OIS’s reach to approximately 277mm 35mm equivalent.

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The duo is intended for rugged outdoor use, with the 250mm f/4 R LM OIS boasting a sturdy magnesium alloy body which is dust and weather resistant and made to withstand temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit/-10 degrees Celsius. 

The MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes will be compatible with all GF lenses and will allow even closer shots of your subjects with exquisite medium format detail.

GF250mm f/4 RLM OIS SPECS

  • Ultra-high image quality achieved with16 lenses in 10 groups, 1 super ED lens and 2 ED lenses.
  •  Powerful five-stop optical image stabilization to maximize high image resolution.
  • Silent, high-speed autofocus operation and new mechanism to fix linear motor position. when turning power off or when in playback mode. Available with new GFX 50S firmware.
  • Made with magnesium alloy, ensuring a robust, durable body.
  •  Dust and weather-resistant design capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

All three new products will be available in late May. The GF250mm f/4 R LM OIS will retail for USD $3,299.95/CAD $4,124.99, the Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR USD for $849.95/CAD $1,059.99, and the MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes will sell for USD $329.99/CAD $409.99

Also just announced, though not yet released, are Kaizen firmware updates for the GFX 50S, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3, and X100F. See the full press release below for all the details and when you can expect these updates. There are some exciting new developments in the works for Fuji users!

Fujifilm INTRODUCES A NEW TELEPHOTO LENS FOR THE GFX MEDIUM FORMAT MIRRORLESS CAMERA SYSTEM

 

The GFX System Expands with the New FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR Lens, FUJINON GF1.4X TC WR Teleconverter and MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes;  Firmware Updates for GFX, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F                        

 

Valhalla, N.Y., April 12, 2018FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the launch of the FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR, a lens that expands the telephoto range for the FUJIFILM GFX 50S medium format mirrorless digital camera system.

When combined with the GFX medium format sized sensor with an area approximately 1.7 times larger than 35mm format, the GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR lens achieves exceptional image quality. Composed of 16 lenses in 10 groups, this lens delivers unsurpassed color reproduction, three dimensional image quality, as well as ultra-high resolution and rich bokeh.

In addition, this telephoto lens is equipped with a powerful five-stop optical image stabilization  and a new focus preset function, which allows the photographer to instantly activate focus settings previously saved in the lens memory. With a rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy lens barrel designed to be dust and weather-resistant, the GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR is capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C. The front lens element has a fluorine coating designed to repel water and dirt even under tough outdoor conditions.

FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR Lens Key Features:

  • Ultra-high image quality achieved with16 lenses in 10 groups, 1 super ED lens and 2 ED lenses.
  • Powerful five-stop optical image stabilization to maximize high image resolution.
  • Silent, high-speed autofocus operation and new mechanism to fix linear motor position. when turning power off or when in playback mode. Available with new GFX 50S firmware.
  • Made with magnesium alloy, ensuring a robust, durable body.
  • Dust and weather-resistant design capable of operating in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C.

FUJINON Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR

The new FUJINON Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR is designed for use with the new GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR giving approximately 277mm in 35mm format equivalent, without compromising image quality.

MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes

The MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes further expand the range of macro photography. Connecting these macro extension tubes to GF lenses allows for images to be captured at high magnification ratio. The MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR Macro Extension Tubes are compatible with all existing GF lenses.

Availability and Pricing

The new FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR lens will be available in Late May 2018 for USD $3,299.95 and CAD $4,124.99. The FUJINON Teleconverter GF1.4X TC WR will be available in Late May 2018 for USD $849.95 and CAD $1,059.99  and Macro Extension Tubes, MCEX-18G WR and MCEX-45G WR will both be available in Late May 2018 for USD $329.99 and CAD $409.99.

New Firmware Updates for GFX, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F

Fujifilm will release new firmware updates for the Fujifilm GFX 50S, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2, X-E3 and X100F. Updates will vary by model and are expected in April 2018 and May 2018.

  1. Fujifilm GFX 50S (Ver.3.10) – Available in May 2018
  • Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON GF250mmF4 R LM OIS WR lens including “Focus Preset,” “AF-L” and “AF-ON”.
  • Addition of “Flicker Reduction” to reduce flicker in both pictures and display when shooting under fluorescent lighting.
  • Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder” allowing users to choose the folder that images are stored in and to create a new folder.
  • New “Large Indicators Mode” enabling users to enlarge indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor and to customize the location of where the information is shown on the display.
  • Addition of Fn button support for “35mm Format Mode” for quick setting changes.
  1. Fujifilm X-H1 (Ver.1.1.0) – Available in May 2018
  • Addition of Focus Bracketing allows the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing of up to 999 frames.
  • Compatible with new cinema lenses FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9.
  • Enlarged and customizable indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. Users can also customize the location of where information is shown on the display.
  • Enhanced Phase Detection AF during movie recording.
  • Expanded Phase Detection AF Area options during still shooting.
  • Enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity with Fujifilm Camera Remote app.
  • Addition of Fn button support for “IS Mode”.
  1. Fujifilm X-T2 (Ver.4.0.0) – Available in May 2018
  • Addition of Focus Bracketing allowing the photographer to shoot focus distance bracketing of up to 999 frames.
  • Compatible with new cinema lenses FUJINON MKX18-55mmT2.9 and FUJINON MKX50-135mmT2.9.
  • Enlarged and customizable indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. Users can also customize the location of where information is shown on the display.
  • Addition of F-log SD card recording.
  • Addition of 1080/120P high-speed video mode ideal for recording slow motion footage.
  • Enhanced Phase Detection AF to improve performance in various shooting environments.
  • Addition of “Flicker Reduction” to reduce flicker in both pictures and display when shooting under fluorescent lighting.
  • Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder” allowing users to choose the folder that images are stored in and to create a new folder.
  1. Fujifilm X-Pro2 (Ver.5.0.0) – Available in May 2018
  • Enlarged and customizable indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. Users can also customize the location of where information is shown on the display.
  • Enhanced Phase Detection AF to improve performance in various shooting environments.
  • Addition of “Flicker Reduction” to reduce flicker in both pictures and display when shooting under fluorescent lighting.
  • Addition of “Select Folder” and “Create Folder” allowing users to choose the folder that images are stored in and to create a new folder.
  1. Fujifilm X-E3 (Ver.1.2.0) – Available in Late April 2018
  • Supports Fujifilm X RAW STUDIO.
  • Support for backup/restore of camera settings via Fujifilm X Acquire when the camera is connected to a computer.
  • Compatible with the newly developed FUJINON XC15-45mmF3.5-5.6 OIS PZ lens.
  • Improved radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via a radio controller.
  • Enlarged and customizable indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. Users can also customize the location of where information is shown on the display.
  • Enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity with Fujifilm Camera Remote app.
  1. Fujifilm X100F (Ver.2.1.0) – Available in Late April 2018
  • Enlarged and customizable indicators and information in the viewfinder and/or LCD monitor. Users can also customize the location of where information is shown on the display.
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