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Fujifilm lays out X-Pro1 lens road map

Slowly, slowly Fujifilm rolls out lenses for its X-Pro1 prosumer interchangeable-lens camera.

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If you shelled out for the Fujifilm FinePix X-Pro1 ILC and have been waiting patiently for some new lenses to arrive, your wait is almost over. According to the company's official new road map, you can expect a couple of new ones this fall and the rest in 2013. No prices yet, of course.

Actually, the new official road map is much different than the original one available at the time of launch at CES 2012. For instance, the company had initially expected to release a 14mm and 18-72mm f4 IS this year, followed by four more next year: 28mm f2.8 pancake, 23mm f2, 70-200 f4 IS, and 12-24mm f4 IS.

However, the 18-72mm is history, replaced by a more traditional (but faster than usual, as befits its class) 18-55mm f2.8-f4 OIS. The 18-72mm f4 zoom always seemed an odd choice to me; it would probably have been cheap, but not very desirable. This year's 14mm will be f2.8. And next year promises three primes -- a 56mm f1.4 lens, 27mm f2.8 pancake, and 23mm F1.4 -- and two OIS zooms, a 55mm-200mm f3.5-F4.8 and 10mm-24mm f4.

All of the lenses seem to follow the same design and feature conventions as the already-shipping lenses.