Fujifilm has patented a new wide-angle lens for its X-series mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. It is the XF 16mm F1.8 lens model.
The new wide-angle prime optic will be the f/1.8 version of the current XF 16mm F1.4 model. It provides a 24mm focal length, when mounted on an APS-C sensor X body.
From the patent application the optical design of the XF 16mm F1.8 is very similar to the f/1.4 version. It might be a good answer to the budget-friendly models with a bright aperture one.
Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.8 lens patent
It seems that a new Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.8 wide-angle prime lens is in the works. Even the translation is not perfect and this product is not in the official lens roadmap, we can think of 2017 for a possible release date.
Here are the details of the Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.8 lens patent.
Description, self-interpretation of the patent literature
- Patent Publication No. 2016-99543
- Published 2016.5.30
- Filing date 2014.11.25
- Example 1
- Focal length 16.439
- BF 27.209
- Fno. 1.85
- Total angle of view 83.0