Fuji officially announced the X-H2s and two new lenses (plus new roadmap)

Fuji as usual announced a ton of new gear! A full coverage can be found at Fujirumors.com.

Pre-Order Options

They also unveiled a new roadmap with those new lenses: XF 56mm F1.2II, XF 8mm F3.5 and XF 30mm F2.8 R Macro

First leaked images of the new Sigma 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN Contemporary lens

On June 1st Sigma will announce the new lens. Here are the leaked images and specs via digicame-info:

  • 16-28mm f/2.8 DG DN | Contemporary
    ・Lens configuration: 16 elements in 11 groups (5 FLD glass, 4 aspherical lenses)
    ・Minimum shooting distance: 25cm
    ・Maximum magnification: 1:5.6
    ・Number of aperture feathers: 9 (circular aperture)
    – Filter diameter: 72mm
    ・Size: φ77.2 x 100.6mm (102.6mm for E-mount plate)
    ・Weight: 450g
    ・Mount: L-mount, Sony E-mount
    ・Estimated release date in Japan: June 17, 2022
    ・Overseas price: $899


Just announced: New Tokina SZ 33mm f/1.2 APS-C E and X mount lens

Today Tokina announces the new 33mm f/1.2 APS-C lens for E and X-mount. You can find the product page here, while preorders should be up and running soon at BHphoto.

Press text:

Tokina SZ 33mm F1.2 X and Tokina SZ 33mm F1.2 E worldwide sales date announcement

May 20, 2022

Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd. is proud to announce the sales release of the Tokina SZ 33mm F1.2 lens for Fuji X and Sony E (APS-C) camera mounts. SZ series offering a range of exciting products with specific features and valuable advantages.

Sales will commence on June 17, 2022.

The main concept of the Tokina SZ 33mm F1.2 lens is to provide a lens for an affordable price but with a superb bokeh and great low-light performance designed for photographers and videographers in mind. 33mm focal length (50mm in full frame) equals to a standard angle of view that allows this lens to be used in a wide range of genres like landscapes, street snap, portrait and nightscape photography. Compared to the existing Tokina atx-m 33mm F1.4, the Tokina SZ 33mm F1.2 is faster and adopts a manual focus and aperture to realize a more attractive price and to make this lens more functional in video production.

By releasing the Tokina SZ 33mm F1.2 for Fuji X and Sony E mount mirrorless cameras, Tokina aims to provide the mass market with one more powerful option for photographers and videographers.

Highlighted Features

  • The most natural angle of view for wide range of genres.
  • Fully manual focus and aperture for video shooting.
  • Super fast f/1.2 aperture for faster shutter speed and smooth bokeh.
  • Low light fall-off.
  • High contrast performance.
  • Click-less aperture ring & depth of field scale.
  • Long focus throw for an extremely precise focus.

Cool marketing move: Fuji and Sigma managers meet to discuss the future

Fujirumors translated some interesting parts of this Japanese talk session:

Increase Resolution

  • increasing resolution is easy if you don’t care about cost, size and weight

Spatial frequency of MTF different between Sigma and Fujifilm

  • Sigma … 10pcs/mm 30pcs/mm
  • Fujifilm … 15pcs/mm 45pcs/mm

In the MTF of the APS-C lens, the sigma is measured at 30 bottles/mm, which is the same as the full-size lens, and Fujifilm measures 15/mm 45/mm. Mr. Ueno said, “Fujifilm raises the hurdles and puts out MFT at 15 and 45, so I think Fujifilm is the cause of being said to be bad MTF.” On the other hand, Sigma said, “I have an image that 10 and 30 are the world’s standards, so I’m taking over it.”

Lenses that Fujifilm manager Ueno would like to see from Sigma for X mount

Anamorphic lenses

  • Sigma has received requests to make anamorphic lenses
  • “There are many disadvantages of anamorphic lenses, ghosts come out, distortion is big, blur becomes egg-shaped.” Is anamofic still good? It’s a bad resolution, isn’t it? But they say that this is beautiful… There was that struggle… It’s beautiful when you watch a lot of movies shot with Anamofic…Certainly!” He says.

Sigma wants to increase the number of X lenses.

  • Finally, Mr. Ozone from Sigma said, “I want to increase the number of X-mount lenses,” and he sends a message to X users that he wants to enjoy comparing Sigma X lenses and Fujifilm X lenses.