The Inevitable Fuji X100 with Interchangeable Lens, the Fujifilm LX?
Exciting rumors floating around this week, the ever-popular Fuji X100 may get a stablemate that allows interchangeable lenses – the Fuji LX series.
As wonderful as the Fuji X100 is, having a single fixed focal length lens attached permanently to the camera may be a big roadblock for many potential buyers.
The focal length is wonderful for street and general-purpose shooting, but the relatively short focal length makes it less ideal of head-and-shoulder portraits due to distortion and limits thin depth-of-field opportunities as well.
Many predicted that Fujifilm will introduce an interchangable version in the near future, and it’s inevitable – will the Fujifilm LX be the one?
Fujifilm LX to the Rescue?
A few months ago, Photoscala published a press release that mentioned a 2012 release of Fuji’s mirrorless interchangeable lens line.
DCWatch also mentioned that in a recent press conference, Fujifilm CEO Shigetaka Komori mentioned the 2012 Fuji interchangeable lens camera releases as well.
The repeated statement has been the sensor claiming:
“resolution and low noise that will surpass the 35mm full size sensor”
Most of the initial reports came from Photorumors and a Chinese forum called Xitec so are these images, so credit to them for supplying these. The size of the Fujifilm LX seems to be larger than the X100 by a bit, and chunkier too.
The Fuji LX uses a proprietary Fujinon mount but I wouldn’t be too surprised if they came up with adapters that will fit popular Leica M-mount as well.
As of now, its still unclear whether the Fujifilm LX sports a full-frame or an APS-C sensor. If they indeed simply turned the X100 to an interchangeable mount, then it’ll be an APS-C, but it’ll be a big deal if it indeed turns out to be full-frame as the Fuji LX will compete almost directly against the Leica M9, even if that’s not the intent (you don’t compete with Leica based on specs alone after all).
Fujifilm LX Lenses
The rumored lenses include an 18mm f/2 prime, 35mm f/1.4 prime, a 60mm macro prime, and a zoom lens within 18-55/18-60mm focal length, which indicates a possible APS-C sensor.
We may have to be cautious though as Fuji’s also releasing a small-sensor interchangeable lens camera with an SLR-form factor around the same timeframe.
Pricing is currently rumored to hover the $1400 USD range, which is not surprising. Whether or not it’ll eat into the X100’s sales, or how much, will be unknown until the market reacts.