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Fujifilm announces two new cameras and two new lenses

Posted on May 16, 2024

Fujifilm has announced four new products: the GFX100S II, the GF500mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR telephoto prime, the X-T50 and the XF16-50mmF2.8-4.8 R LM WR kit lens

Today is a big day for Fujifilm, with the company using its X Summit event to announce four new products – two cameras and two lenses.

The new additions include the GFX100S II medium format camera and GF500mmF5.6 telephoto zoom lens for the GFX System and the X-T50 camera and XF16-50mmF2.8-4.8 lens for the X Series.

Fujifilm GFX100S II camera and GF500mm f/5.6 lens fixed to tripod in a beach setting
Fujifilm GFX100S II camera and GF500mm f/5.6 lens | Image: Fujifilm

GFX100S II camera spec overview

The GFX100S II joins the flagship GFX100 II to sit at the forefront of the GFX system. It features a newly developed 102MP BSI sensor that Fujifilm says uses an improved pixel structure to achieve ISO80 as standard.

This is combined with the same X-Processor 5 that’s in the GFX100 II, which powers many of the same features, such as 8.0 stop IBIS, AI autofocus that can detect and track different subjects, plus the super-resolution Pixel Shift Multi-Shot mode.

There is also a 5.76 million dot EVF, 7fps continuous shooting and the ability to record 4k/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video footage.

All this at a price point of £4,999 makes for an attractive addition to the much-loved system.  Can it live up to the hype? Check out our First Test to find out.

GF500mm f/5.6 lens spec overview

The GF500mm f/5.6 takes the title of the longest GFX lens – an accolade previously held by the GF250mm f/4. Its release will please wildlife and sports pros who have been calling for the system to cater better for their needs.

The lens offers a full frame equivalent of 396mm, which can be extended to 554mm when used with the GF1.4x teleconverter. It is made up of 21 elements in 14 groups and includes five ED and two super ED lenses.

Weather resistance protects against the elements and autofocus benefits from a linear motor for increased speed and precision. The lens also enjoys image stabilisation that can achieve up to six stops of correction.

Additionally there are a number of on-lens controls such as focus preset and a focus limiter, which restricts the AF range for faster operation.

The GF500mm f/5.6 weighs a relatively lightweight 1,375g and will be priced at £3,499. Read our first impression the First Test here.

X-T50 camera spec overview

The X-T50 joins the X Series range of cameras and will sit above the X-T30 II, aimed at enthusiasts looking to take the next step.

Inside, you will find the 40MP X-Trans CMOS 5 sensor and X-Processor 5 combo, with seven-stop IBIS and AI-based subject detection AF. It is also possible to record 6.2K/30p video.

On the outside, the camera will adopt the retro styling and external dials that have become synonymous with the X Series lineup, however, there is one big difference: the X-T50 features a newly introduced Film Simulation Dial.

This external dial will provide instant analogue access to a number of Fujifilm’s most popular film simulations – these are baked-in ‘looks’ that emulate the look of classic analogue film stocks. The X-T50 includes 20 of them as standard, including the newest addition: Reala Ace

The camera weighs 438g and will be priced at £1,299. Read how it fared in the hands of our team in the First Test here.

XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 lens spec overview

The XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 will replace the XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 as the standard kit lens and brings with it a number of differences.

It seems the biggest reason for the upgrade is to better complement the newer high-resolution fifth-generation sensors found in the latest X Series cameras. Therefore, image quality is a key consideration, with the lens constructed using 11 elements in 9 groups, including three aspherical lenses and three ED lenses. 

The lens adds 2mm of width and removes 5mm of length to achieve a full-frame equivalent focal range of 24-76mm, however this all takes place internally, so there is no difference in size when you zoom in and out.

This internal zoom mechanism has made it easier to deliver effective weather resistance, which is another notable improvement between the XF16-50mm and the XF18-55mm.

The XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 weighs 240g and will be priced at £699. Learn all the facts and see what it’s like in practice by reading our First Test here.

The GFX100S II, GF500mm f/5.6, X-T50 and XF16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 are expected to be available to buy in-store and online in June. Visit the Fujifilm website for more information.

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