2019 FujiFilm Predictions – Tony & Chelsea Northrup

Being early in the year people are starting to make their predictions for what is going to become available throughout 2019. In the bellow video, Tony & Chelsea Northrup give their predictions for most of the main camera brands, but I was mostly interested in what they had to say about FujiFilm – that starts at roughly the 16:40 mark.

 

The FujiFilm predictions are the following:

  • Fujinon XF 400mm f/2.8
  • Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/1.8
  • Fujinon XF 50-120mm f/1.8
  • Fujinon XF 70mm f/1.0
  • Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.0

Here are some of my thoughts about what they have to say with regards to the above bits of gear.

FujiFilm X-Pro 3

I think this is definitely on the cards. It has such a strong following among wedding, street, and portrait photographers that I am surprised they didn’t come out with it sooner. I agree that we will see most, if not all the X-T3 technology included, but I’m not sure about the IBIS (inbuilt image stabilizer).  I suspect that Fuji’s all-conquering video-enabled camera will be the X-H2 when that comes out. Although the X-Pro 2 has some video capabilities I think it is probably the ‘purest’ stills experience of the range and I’m not too sure if Fuji will want to mess with that.

If, however, Fuji does decide to go the IBIS route with the X-Pro 3 then I hope they go all in and include a proper articulating screen to go with it.

XF 400 f2.8

With Fuji having released the much-anticipated 200 f2 in 2018 I think this would be a great addition for the sport and wildlife photographers. I’m not sure if 2019 will be the year, but I think this lens would be in demand now that cameras like the X-T3 have such an accomplished autofocus system.

This lens does not seem to be on the latest FujiFilm Lens roadmap so I think it is unlikely for 2019. This could be one of those products that will make an appearance at Photokina in 2020.

XF 16-55 f1.8

This lens, along with the last three lenses on the list, seems like a stretch to me. The XF 16-55 f2.8 is a fantastic lens that hasn’t been out all that long. It has very good optical stabilization, excellent glass, and is a reasonable price for what it is.

I’m not sure an F1.8 version of the lens will offer the average user that much over the f2.8 version, but it would be a lot more expensive and a lot bigger/heavier.

I think trying to match full frame lenses makes more sense with the longer focal length lenses like the rumoured 400 f2.8 above but isn’t as obvious a decision/policy at the wider end of the spectrum. Although there is the fabled XF 33 f1.0, even that is some way off by Fuji’s own admission so I can’t see any other lenses beating it to the post.

FujiFilm X-H2

This one was not mentioned but I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this sooner rather than later. The X-H1 was only released about a year ago so if the X-H2 came out in the second half of 2019 that would make the gap between 18 and 24 months.

My reason for thinking this is that Fuji will not be able to continue launching three camera types (X-T, X-Pro, X-H) so far apart. At some point, they need to bring the release of the cameras closer together considering they largely have the same tech inside. Another option and I seem alone on this, is to eventually merge the X-T line and the X-H line of cameras.

So, those are my thoughts with regards to the FujiFilm range of cameras and lenses based on what Tony Northrup had to say in the above video. Are there any lenses you would like to see? Perhaps a body you are holding out for? What about other FujiFilm accessories? Let me know in the comments below.

Update:

08/01/2019 19h45: The good people over at Fujirumors.com have put together their list for 2019 here. They are usually pretty accurate and as I suspected there is no sign of some of the more exotic lenses the Northrups were after. Pity that they only expect the X-H2 to make an appearance in 2020.

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