Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ collapsible power zoom lens and the first Fujifilm APS-C/Super 35 rangefinder-style cameras for which it will be the bundled kit zoom, the X-A5 and X-A20.
The XC 15-45mm offers a short standard focal length range of 15mm to 45mm in APS-C sensor format, the equivalent of 23mm to 69mm in the 35mm sensor format, and is well-priced for purchase separately from either camera at less than half the cost of Fujfilm’s XF series kit zoom, the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS.
Since purchasing my Fujifilm X-Pro 2 with an eye to using it for fly-on-the-wall documentary stills and video, along with two of Fujifilm’s best available darkness prime lenses, the Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R and XF 56mm f/1.2 R, I have experienced twinges of regret for not being able to add the XF 18-55mm lens at the time for access to some of my other favourite documentary focal lengths – 18mm, 27mm and 50mm – or the 21mm-equivalent XF 14mm f/2.8 R.
Although I have yet to try either of Fujifilm’s current XC zoom lenses, the Fujinon XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS and the XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS, I have read about them being surprisingly good for the price.
I look forward to reading about the Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ’s performance in coming in-depth hands-on reviews by well-qualified photographers and moviemakers.
Will I be adding the Fujinon XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ or the Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 LM OIS kit zoom lens to my Super 35/APS-C documentary moviemaking and photography kit?
Will either grant me access to some of my favourite focal lengths that I miss despite the incredible image quality of my two fast prime lenses?
Will either zoom lenses’ optical image stabilization help compensate for their slower variable maximum apertures?
- Fuji Rumors – Fujifilm XC 15-45mm, X-A5 and X-A20 Announced ** LIVE BLOGGING ** Last Updated 07:29 AM EST
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- Fujifilm X-A5 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 15-45mm Lens – B&H
- Fujifilm XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ Lens – B&H
- Fujifilm XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Lens – B&H
- Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II Lens (Black) – B&H
- Fujifilm XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7 OIS II Lens (Silver) – B&H
- Fujifilm XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS Zoom Lens – B&H
- Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4 R Lens – B&H
- Fujifilm LH-XF23 Lens Hood for XF 23mm f/1.4 R – B&H
- Fujifilm XF 56mm f/1.2 R Lens – B&H