In addition to the new X-A2, Fujifilm announced updates this morning to their kit 16-50mm and 55-230mm lenses. Headlining the update, the debut of Fuji’s second generation stabilization technology, OIS II.
Both lenses will be available as kit options for the new X-A2, with availability most likely at some point in February. The interesting note regarding these lenses, which is no different from their previous models, is the lack of an aperture ring. If you are new to Fuji, it is worth noting that these lenses do not have an aperture ring like the higher end Fuji lenses do.
That means changing your aperture with the control dial on the camera, much like you are likely already used to on your SLR. It is worth noting though, just because it is different from other Fuji lenses you may have looked at.
The new 16-50mm lens features a 15cm minimum focus distance, making it great for beginners looking to give macro photography a try, or for anyone who likes to get close to their subjects.
The OIS II that I mentioned earlier, according to the Fujifilm literature, should be good for up to 3.5 stops of stabilization. Certainly not the best I have seen, but still a very welcome improvement and addition to these two entry level Fuji lenses.
Neither lens is currently available for pre-order, but as mentioned above, they should be available come February. Sample images and full specs information is available over on the Fujifilm website.