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Fujifilm Starting Development On Larger Sensor; Latest Lenses Already Support It | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on January 27th 2015

Have you wondered why Fuji‘s latest lenses seemed to be so much larger than their previous lenses? A new rumor may shed some light on that, and the development of a larger sensor.


According to a new report over on Fuji Rumors, which according to the admin, came from a source who was right about a rumor in the past, Fujifilm has started development on a larger sensor. No information on the sensor was shared, like if it was APS-H, Full Frame, Medium Format, etc.

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The source states that the sensor is in the “early stages of development,” so do not expect to see this on the market anytime soon. But an interesting tidbit thrown at the end of his tip was that the latest lenses; 50-140mm F/2.8 and 16-55mm F/2.8 have already been designed to cover the larger sensor. So, when it is released, current Fuji X-Mount lenses (at least these newer ones) will be able to be used on it.


This is interesting news, because many have noted the size of the 50-140mm and 16-55mm as being rather large for mirrorless lenses. If this is all true, it would seem to be a good explanation as to why these lenses are so big.

I think that it is a brilliant idea from Fuji, building the latest lenses to fit a sensor that is in early development stages. This way when it is released, the new camera will have several lenses available, a huge advantage and selling point.

What are your thoughts on this new Fuji Rumor? Do you think that an APS-H or Full Frame sensor size is most likely? Any guesses on when it will be ready? Leave a comment below!

[via Fuji Rumors]

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Andrew Merefield

    Iv’e already been sitting looking at numbers trying to justify getting a Fuji, if they can add a full frame to the mix I would be there in a flash.

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    • Timothy Harris Jr.

      Yeah, I agree about the full frame comment, but have to say that the XT-1’s sensor without the AA filter is really quite impressive against my 5DM3 (until you attempt to push the shadows).

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    • Steve VanSickle

      Speaking of flash, that’s about the only thing holding me back from trying a Fuji X-series. But if the full-frame is true, I’d just get a generic trigger for my studio lights and use it for portrait work. I’m excited!

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    • Timothy Harris Jr.

      Yes, if only there was a Quantum Pilot designed for Fuji (It is still unclear if the older stuff designed for the S3 will work with the X-T1).

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  2. Kim Farrelly

    Fuji, it seams, know it’s all about the lenses (well mostly) unlike one other large sensor mirrorless manufacturer.
    Quality 16-55 2.8 on a ‘bigger sensor’ & same on 50-150 2.8 might be on to something here. That’s a killer range for weddings and alike.

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  3. Jean-Francois Perreault

    Now this is very, very interesting.

    I know it’s completely wrong to think that way but I don’t like spending 1200$ for an APS-C-only lens. That’s the reason I really like Canon’s STM lenses. Good enough quality and very low price.
    But knowing that the lens would also work on a FF sensor adds a lot of value and confidence.

    I wonder how they’ll manage the dual purpose focal lengths of future lenses.

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  4. aaron febbo

    If it’s full Fran that’s going to make a couple of the newer lenses kinda weird in focal length. like the 50-140mm and the 16-55 which were more so focused at acheiving the standard 24-70 and 70-200 focal lengths on their crop sensor bodies. Not saying that they wouldn’t work just saying it would be weird. But God news none the less. More competition for the major manufacturers. Also if the make it as good looking as the xt1 than im gonna be in trouble.

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  5. Aaron Cheney

    I think this is awesome! Giving me one more reason to get the an X-T1. it’s awesome they have already put out product to support it.

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  6. Jason Markos

    It would potentially make those new lenses even better value… assuming the quality is as good on the larger sensor, which is not a given… right?

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    • Hannu Siika-aho

      Yes, much greater value. The weakness would only be in the corners because of the larger image circle they have to cover.

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