Wow, New Zeiss Lenses For The Fuji X-Pro1!:
I am so psyched for the new year to begin now, specifically spring/summer. I was waiting around for my girlfriend to get out of an orientation for a new job, and started looking up some stuff on the internet concerning the new Fuji X-E1, which I really want to get my hands on. I ended up running into some news from Zeiss that they will be producing some new autofocus lenses for the Fuji X-bayonet! Third party lenses from a respected lens manufacturer, such as, Zeiss for my X-Pro1?. How cool is that?
Three prime lenses are initially going to be released: a 12mm F2.8, a 32mm F1.8, and a 50mm F2.8 macro. The new lenses will come with manual aperture settings, and they will all cost around a 1,000 euros. Using my unit converter on my Mac, that’s roughly $1,300. Fuji will be releasing their XF 14mm F2.8 R lens (21mm equivalent) but I think I might hold out to see what the Zeiss 12mm F2.8 is going to be like first. Nothing against the Fuji lens but I always wanted something wide like an equivalent 18mm lens, and that’s what the Zeiss 12mm translates too. I had a 21mm for my Leica but I always wished I had something a bit wider. Also, it’s a Zeiss lens specifically designed for my Fuji X-Pro1! It’s gotta be pretty awesome :). Right now, I have lens lust, and I can’t help but dream of my ultimate X-Pro1 system: the XF 35mm F1.4 R lens, the new Zeiss 12mm F2.8, and the soon to be released XF 56mm F1.4 (approximately 84mm). I think that kit would make a great wedding outfit.
This is really awesome, and I am totally psyched about this! The Fuji X-mount is really turning into a respected system. You have great lenses from Fuji, and now you also have potentially great lenses from Zeiss! Even SLR Magic is going to build some new lenses for the X-mount. By having third party manufacturers building lenses for Fuji’s X-mount, it further solidifies the X-mount platform, and it definitely makes me feel a bit more secure in spending good money on it, especially in this day and age where things often get replaced so fast. You can really build a very versatile system with either the X-Pro1 or the X-E1. Makes me wonder if I should cancel my pre-order on my Leica M, and invest the money further into the Fuji X-mount system lol. I can definitely afford more lenses ;).
What do any of you who own an X-Pro1 think? Would any of you buy a new Zeiss lens for your X-Pro1? How about the expected price? Feel free to comment :). Take care, everyone!