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New glass with class Fujifilmhas introduced lenses to both its X and GFX systems, including the eagerly awaited 70-300mm long telephoto zoom

FUJIFILM’S LENS ROADMAP for the X Series features three lenses destined for launch in 2021. Two have been confirmed to reach the shops this March: the XF27mm f/2.8 RWR and the XF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 LMOISWR. The XF27mm f/2.8 RWR pancake- style lens – equivalent to a 41mm lens in the 35mm format – is optically the same as the original XF27mm f/2.8, with a construction of seven elements in five groups and one aspherical lens. What it has gained is an aperture ring that locks in the A position, as well as weather resistance. It weighs just 84g, measures 23mm long and accepts 39mm fit filters, so it’s the perfect lens to travel really light with an X Series camera. It’s on sale from 18 March, priced at £419, and comes complete with a dome-shaped lens hood. Meanwhile, the XF70-300mm f/4.5- 5.6 LMOISWR is an important lens, because it fills a need for a compact, long telephoto zoomwithin Fujifilm’s X Series. In the 35mm format, this lens is equivalent to a 107-457mm focal length, so ideal for nature and sports photography. Physically, the XF70-300mm f/4.5- 5.6 features 17 elements in 12 groups, including one aspherical and two ED lenses, and an optical image stabiliser with a 5.5EV benefit. It is also weather- resistant and has a 67mm filter thread.

Weighing 580g and measuring 132.5mm, this lens is portable and compact, too. It’s also compatible with Fujifilm’s 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. With the latter fitted at 300mm, the XF70- 300mm f/4.5-5.6 gives the 35mm equivalent of a 914mm focal length. Other notable features include a linear motor for smooth, quick and quiet AF and a minimum focusing distance of 83cm, giving a magnification of 1:33x (equivalent to 1:2 half life-size in 35mm format). It is on sale from 18 March 2021 with a guide price of £729. Also due for launch is the GF80mm f/1.7 RWR for the GFX system, on sale for £2099 from 4 March. This lens is the world’s fastest aperture AF lens for a medium format system and gives a focal length equivalent of 63mmwith the 35mm system, making it suitable for a range of subject matter. The optical construction comprises 12 elements in nine groups, including one aspherical element and two Super ED elements, to deliver high image quality at all apertures, control aberrations and give a smooth bokeh. Autofocus is performed by a powerful DCmotor to drive the focus group of six elements, and the lens supports face/eye AF.

FUJIFILM XF27MM F/2.8 RWR KEY FEATURES › £419 › Weather-resistant

› Aperture ring with A position lock › Supports 6.5EV IBIS (with X-T4) › Fast AF › 39mm filter size › 34cm minimum focus › Weighs 84g FUJIFILM XF70-300MM F/4.5-5.6 R LM OISWR KEY FEATURES › £729 ›  107-457mm equivalent in 35mm format › Weather-resistant › Aperture ring with A position lock › Linear motor AF › 67mm filter size › 83cm minimum focus › 5.5EV benefit OIS › Compatible with Fujifilm 1.4x and 2x teleconverters › Weighs 580g FUJIFILM GF80MM F/1.7 RWR KEY FEATURES › £2099 › Weather-resistant › F/1.7-22 aperture range › DC focus motor › Fluorine-coated front element › 77mm filter size › 70cm minimum focus › Weighs 795g

Fujifilm firmware update The latest firmware released is for the X100V, X-T30 and X-Pro3

Firmware v2.0 for the X100V and v1.40 for the X-T30 adds webcam support, including Fujifilm Film Simulation modes, to add a

personal touch to web chats, while v1.30 for the X-Pro3 offers improvement to OVF/EVF.

New from Leica Firm announces a special-edition camera and the return of an iconic lens

Leica has unveiled a limited-edition M10-P Reporter body, priced at £7100. It shares identical specs with the M10-P, but it has a unique dark-green finish and a durable Kevlar trim with diamond-weave texture for extra grip. According to Leica, the darker body armour gradually becomes the same colour as the top and base plates when exposed to sunlight, giving each camera its own unique look.

The debut Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 was launched in 1966 and only 1757 were made. The new Noctilux-M 50mm f/1.2 ASPH is closely related to the original in terms of build and the results that it delivers. It is available in black at £6500 and if you want to be one of the 100 people in the world to own the limited-edition silver finish, it costs £13,500.

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