Fuji adding 2X teleconverter

fuji 2xFujifilm’s Japanese headquarters says it will be releasing the Fujinon XF2X TC WR Teleconverter in June, although there has been no confirmation of this timing for North America. This is a 2X teleconverter for some X-mount lenses (currently the XF50-140 mm f/2.8 R LM OIS WR and the XF100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR).

The teleconverter features a construction of 9 elements in 5 groups to maintain the optical performance of the original lens, says the company. Thanks to the unified design when mounted to a compatible lens, the teleconverter is weather and dust-resistant and operates at temperatures as low as -10C with the X-T1 and X-Pro2 camera bodies.

Phase detection AF is still available when using the 50-140 mm lens with the teleconverter. Contrast Detection AF is still available when using the 100-400 mm lens.

The company also says the camera’s optical image stabilization performance is unaffected by the addition of the teleconverter.

A firmware update is required for the 50-140 mm and 100-400 mm lenses to provide full compatibility. Fujifilm says this firmware is planned to be available at the beginning of June.

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