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Fujifilm today announced the long-rumored 35mm f/2 lens for the X-mount cameras, a small and light prime lens that functions as a normal lens for the X bodies. At US$400, the lens isn’t quite as thrifty compared to the f/1.4 version as some had hoped, but it’s still a more affordable option for a reasonable fast prime normal lens for X-T1 and X-T10 users. It also features Fujifilm’s weather resistant design and is designed to work well with the X-Pro1’s optical viewfinder option.
Along with the new lens, Fujifilm also announced the XF1.4X teleconverter at US$450. The converter will require new firmware for the cameras in order to properly transfer information from lens to camera. As with all 1.4x converters, you should expect a one-stop loss of light. Effectively, the 50-140mm f/2.8 lens operates like a 70-200mm f/4 optic with the TC attached (and remember, the X system has a 1.5x crop, so that’s really 105-300mm effective).