The Fujifilm X Summit in NYC has certainly been something to celebrate, not least because it’s the first time the X Summit has taken place in person since the X Summit in London in February 2020, just before the world shut down due to COVID. And, of course, with X Summits come new products – another reason to celebrate! So, without further ado, here are the new products announced at today’s X Summit…
Fujifilm has announced their newest camera, the X-H2, which features the new, back-illuminated 40.2MP “X-TransTM CMOS 5 HR” sensor and the high-speed “X-Processor 5”, boasting the highest resolution in the X Series lineup in both stills and videos, as well as becoming the world’s first1 APS-C camera to enable 8K/30P Apple ProRes internal recording.
“X-H2 joining the flagship X-H family is not only huge for us at Fujifilm, but it is also especially significant for our consumers”, said Victor Ha, vice president of the Electronic Imaging and Optical Device Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “X-H2S, which debuted in May, excels in speed, perfect for image makers who create moving content. X-H2 delivers exceptional image resolution and quality that are ideal for those creating images in super-high detail. We listened to our customers and took their feedback to heart, creating this amazing family of X-H cameras that are tailor-made to their distinct specialties.”
- New X-TransTM CMOS 5 HR sensor and the high-speed X-Processor 5
- Excellent performance for professional video production needs
- Evolved autofocus (AF) performance to accurately capture details
- Hardware and workflow that support users’ content creation experience
- VG-XH – Vertical battery grip (for the X-H2S / X-H2)
- FT-XH File transmitter (for the X-H2S / X-H2)
- FAN-001 Cooling fan (for the X-H2S / X-H2)
- CVR-XH Cover kit (for the X-H2S / X-H2)
Pricing and availability
FUJIFILM X-H2 mirrorless digital camera is expected to be available late September 2022, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $1,999.95 USD ($2,550 CDN) for the camera body and $2,499.95 USD ($3,200 CDN) for the X- H2 digital camera with XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR lens kit.
Pricing and expected availability for X-H2 accessories are as follows:
VG-XH Vertical Battery Grip: Available now at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $399.99 USD and $515 CAD.
FT-XH File Transmitter: Expected to be available in late October 2022 at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $999.99 USD and $1,280 CAD.
FAN-001 Cooling Fan: Available now at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $199.99 USD and $260 CAD.
CVR-XH Cover Kit: Available now at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $19.99 USD and $26 CAD.
For more information about X-H2 and its accessories, please visit the product page on the Fujifilm website.
The first of two new lenses announced today is the new FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R WR weather-resistant, mid-telephoto prime lens offering the 35mm equivalent focal length to an 85mm lens and successor to the popular FUJINON XF56mmF1.2 R. This new version features significant improvements from that prior model in minimum focusing distance, image-resolving performance and beautiful rendering of out-of-focus background.
“XF56mmF1.2 R WR is the first Fujifilm X Mount lens to feature an almost perfectly circular aperture, even at F4 or F5.6, resulting in a clean edge along a highlight, with minimal aberrations and distractions, that is especially pleasing when it is out of focus. This design allows beautiful bokeh with busy backgrounds melting away from their subjects to create an isolating effect untouched by any other lens,” said Victor Ha, vice president of the Electronic Imaging and Optical Device Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “The new XF56mmF1.2 R WR lens offers a wide variety of creative applications such as portraits, weddings, street photography, table-top, and commercial photography — all situations that demand precise control over depth-of-field.”
- Outstanding image-resolving performance and stunning bokeh
- A fast, mid-telephoto lens for a wide range of creative applications
- Autofocus (AF) function driven by an evolved direct current (DC) motor for speed and accuracy
- Protected from dust and moisture
Pricing and availability
XF56mmF1.2 R WR is expected to be available in late September 2022, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $999.95 USD and $1,275 CDN.
For more information about XF56mmF1.2 R WR, please visit the product page on the Fujifilm website.
GF20-35mmF4 R WR
Fujifilm have also announced a new lens for the GFX system: the FUJINON GF20-35mmF4 R WR lens, a compact and lightweight, ultra wide-angle (UWA) zoom lens for GFX System cameras.
GF20-35mmF4 R WR’s focal length ranges from the UWA at 20mm to the wide-angle at 35mm (equivalent to 16mm – 28mm in the 35mm format). With the UWA coverage, the lens can freeze information-dense subject matters such as a wide landscape or cityscape with precise details in high resolution, powered by the large-format sensor1 in the GFX System.
“Photographers will be able to expand creative horizons with what is now our widest GF lens, with numerous options to beautifully freeze every detail in landscape, travel and architecture photography. It also has the added convenience of a constant F4 maximum aperture throughout its focal range, which ensures exposure consistency and fast, accurate autofocusing regardless of the focal length,” said Victor Ha, vice president of the Electronic Imaging and Optical Device Divisions, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Unlike traditional large-format photography gear which is heavy and bulky, the compact and lightweight design of GF20-35mmF4 R WR enables mobility for photographers on-the-go.”
- UWA zoom lens offering premium image quality
- Compact design that brings mobility to large format equipment
- Rugged design for all conditions
Pricing and availability
GF20-35mmF4 R WR is expected to be available in early October 2022, at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $2,499.95 USD and $3,200 CDN.
For more information about GF20-35mmF4 R WR, please visit the product page on the Fujifilm website.
Images in this article are by Jonas Rask.