Fujifilm today officially announced the new XF 8mm f/3.5 R WR ultra wide angle lens for X-mount cameras.
Catering to landscape, real estate, and architectural photographers, the Fujinon XF 8mm F3.5 R WR lens is a remarkable addition to the X Series system. As the widest prime lens available from Fujifilm, it shares the focal length distinction with the XF 8-16mm F2.8 lens.
This lens forms a unique pairing with the recently announced Fujifilm X-S20 camera, providing it with a vlog-ready 12mm equivalent focal length. When combined with the camera’s digital stabilization, the angle of view is cropped to 13mm, allowing users to film themselves while maintaining a wide perspective that includes the surrounding environment.
Crafted with a durable metal build, the XF 8mm lens features a non-clutch manual focus ring and a locking aperture ring. Unlike some other ultrawide lenses, it boasts a 62mm front diameter and is threaded for filters without the need for additional adapters. Fujifilm emphasizes that the lens is weather and dust resistant, capable of operating in temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F).
Optically, the XF 8mm F3.5 lens comprises 12 elements in 9 groups, including three aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements. The front lens is equipped with a fluorine coating that repels raindrops, ensuring clearer shots even in adverse weather conditions.
Despite its compact dimensions, measuring only 52.8mm in length (excluding the lens hood) and weighing a mere 215g, this lens is exceptionally portable, making it an ideal choice for extended use without causing discomfort. It manages to incorporate a manual aperture ring and a focus ring within its small frame. The aperture ranges from f/3.5 for low-light situations and increased depth of field, to a minimum aperture of f/22 for achieving front-to-back sharpness. Additionally, the XF 8mm lens provides a 62mm screw-in filter thread, compatible with filters such as UV and polarizing filters.
Featuring an internal focusing mechanism, the XF 8mm lens boasts a speedy focusing performance, capable of achieving focus as fast as 0.02 seconds. This feature is particularly useful when paired with the subject tracking autofocus available on Fujifilm’s latest cameras, including the newly announced Fujifilm X-S20.
The Fujifilm XF 8mm F3.5 R WR lens will be available for an MSRP of $799.95 ($1079.99 CAD) and is expected to start shipping on June 29.
Fujifilm Launches FUJINON XF8mm F3.5 R WR Lens
Ultra-Wide Angle Prime Lens Offers Widest Focal Length in X Series Lineup
VALHALLA, N.Y., May 24, 2023 — FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the launch of its FUJINON XF8mmF3.5 R WR Lens (XF 8mm F3.5). This lens, designed for photographers and content creators seeking an ultra-wide angle (UWA) solution, joins the XF lineup of interchangeable lenses for Fujifilm’s X Series of lightweight, compact mirrorless digital cameras.
“XF8mm F3.5 is an incredibly compact, wide-angle lens that will help image makers unlock another way of creatively seeing the world,” said Lisa Baxt, marketing director, Electronic Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. “Its impressive wide angle of view and compact design makes it small enough to be an everyday carry item, which for photographers with specialties including landscape, architecture, or real estate is critical. We’re excited to see this lens become a must-have for everyone in the X Series family.”
FUJIFILM X Series’ widest-angle prime lens
• With an equivalent 35mm focal length of 12mm, XF8mmF3.5 offers the widest angle of view to date in Fujifilm’s family of X Mount lenses. Its staggering 121 degrees diagonally and 112 degrees horizontally makes it perfect for any image-making scenario that requires an especially wide field of vision.
• XF8mmF3.5 consists of 12 lens elements in nine groups, including three aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion (ED) elements, thereby controlling lens distortion, spherical aberration and astigmatism to deliver advanced image-resolving performance.
• With XF8mmF3.5, the wide-angle lens’ characteristically short moving distance for the focusing lens is combined with the use of the Inner Focus system to achieve a fast
autofocus (AF) speed as fast as 0.02 seconds1 to create dynamic action photography leveraging a full UWA perspective. As a wide-angle lens, which typically has greater-than- normal depth-of-field, its aperture can be stopped down to facilitate pan-focusing. Coupled with advanced image-resolving performance, the lens resolves all information in the frame with edge-to-edge clarity. The UWA lens depicts the content in intricate detail, e.g., tree branches and leaves in expansive wilderness or ornamental details on a building.
Compact design means UWA, every day
• The lens’ lightweight, compact form factor provides portability, allowing users to enjoy UWA photography without being burdened with heavy or cumbersome equipment. The effective positioning of the aspherical and ED elements has enabled appropriate aberration correction and the compact and lightweight design at the same time, defying the typically large UWA lens form factor. It is just over 2 inches long, weighing approximately 7.6 ounces (215g), making it an easy everyday carry item in any photographer’s kit.
• Placing distortion-controlling aspherical elements at the front has effectively reduced its overall size and kept the filter thread size to the versatile 62mm, facilitating landscape photography, a popular genre for UWA lenses, and accommodating the use of a variety of filters.
Dust and weather-resistant and capable of operating in low temperatures
• The lens barrel is weather-sealed at 10 locations to achieve dust and weather resistance and can operate in temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees Celsius). The front lens element features a fluorine coating to repel water and offer protection against stains. With this added protection, users can create content virtually worry-free no matter the conditions.
Pricing and Availability
FUJINON XF8mmF3.5 R WR lens will be available on or around June 29, 2023 at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of USD $799.95 and CAD $1,079.99. For more information, visit https://fujifilm-x.com/en-us/products/lenses/xf8mmf35-r-wr/.
1 Using an internal measurement method compliant with the CEPA guidelines when mounted on the mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-T4” with phase detection AF activated and the High Performance Mode turned ON