Fujifilm have announced/released a 33mm f/1.0 prime lens. That’s equivalent to roughly a 50mm f/1.4 lens for a “full frame” DLSR. Needless to say, the thing is huge! I’d even go so far as to say ridiculously huge! Especially since a 50mm f/1.4 is a much smaller lens!
Seeing things like this, and the ever increasing size of the “better” Fujifilm cameras, I’m beginning to wonder if Fujifilm have lost their focus. On of the advantages of a mirrorless camera built around a small (APS-C or MFT) sensor was supposed to be a smaller, lighter, nimbler camera. Instead, we’ve now got camera bodies as big as Sony’s A7/A9 series, and lenses that rival or exceed the size of Canon’s EF-L series.
When Fuji started coming out with the f/2 lenses (35mm, 23mm, and 50mm), which are sharp, punchy, and extremely compact, I thought they were really on the right track. Coupled with an X-T20, the package is pretty close in size and weight to the Olympus MFT offerings, with the advantage of Fuji’s larger APS-C X-Trans sensor and superb in-camera processing engine.
While, so far, I’ve managed to keep my own bag more-or-less reasonable — so long as you don’t count the three camera bodies and two flashes — with just the XF18-55, the XC50-230, and the XF14mm, I feel like even that’s getting a bit out of hand. I left Canon and Sony to downsize, as I was so ably reminded this past weekend by the little X10 I started my Fuji journey with.
Frankly, while I realize that the 2/3” sensor is supposedly no longer made, I think Fuji need to look backward, and capitalize on the concept of a camera like the X10/X20/X30, but with a 20MP 1-inch sensor. If Sony’s RX100 series is any indication, the resulting camera wouldn’t necessarily need to be larger that the X30 was. Heck, it might even be able to be made smaller!