Fujifilm’s XF 18-120mm F4 LM PZ WR lens is parfocal, weather-sealed and will cost just $899

Fujifilm has announced the launch of the XF 18–120mm F4 LM PZ WR lens, a power zoom lens that offers a wide focal length range at a consistent F4 aperture. Fujifilm says this lens is designed for the hybrid creatives working with both stills and video, and is the first lens to be designed in ‘collaboration between FUJINON Optics and FUJIFILM X Series engineers.’

The 18–120mm F4 lens covers a full-frame equivalent focal length range of 27–183mm, making it a 6x optical zoom lens with power zoom functionality with a x0.2 maximum magnification ratio. The lens is constructed of 15 elements in 12 groups, including three aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements.

The lens is fully electronic (aperture, focus and zoom) and features internal focus and zoom, meaning what you see is what you get—no extending barrel susceptible to dirt and debris. Speaking of the elements, the lens is weather-sealed at 13 locations and can operate down to –10°C (14°F).

For video shooters, Fujifilm has also added an aperture drive control that better suppresses exposure shift when adjusting the aperture while shooting, effectively giving you a clickless-style aperture with smooth transitions from one setting to the next. Other features include a minimum focusing distance of 60cm (24”), a seven-blade aperture diaphragm and a 72mm front filter thread.

Four different methods can be used to control the lens’ power zoom. The lens has a dedicated, speed-sensitive zoom ring, just behind the focus ring. Then, behind that, is a rocker ring that adjusts the zoom (or focus) at different rates, depending on how far you rotate it. The third is a dedicated ’T/W’ toggle on the left of the lens barrel, that drives the zoom at a consistent pace. Then, finally, there’s an on-screen touchscreen control on the camera (at the point of launch only the X-H2S has this capability but Fujifilm has said the X-T4, X-T3 and X-S10 will gain the feature via a firmware update).

Fujifilm says the lens is optically parfocal, meaning your subject will stay in focus, without adjusting the focus ring, throughout the entire focal length range. Its dimensions measure 77mm (3”) in diameter by 124mm (4.9”) long and it weighs approximately 460g (1lb).

The Fujinon XF 18–120mmF4 LM PZ WR is expected to be released September 2022 with an MSRP of $899 / $1,150CAD.

 

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