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Fujifilm is Launching the World’s First f/1.0 33mm Autofocus Lens

August 2, 2018

Fujifilm has revealed it’s planning to launch the world’s first mirrorless autofocus lens with a staggering ultra-fast f/1.0 aperture. The 35mm prime will be available sometime in 2020 – and will be sure to give some incredibly artistic shallow depth of field along with striking bokeh.

It follows in the footsteps of Canon’s now defunct 50mm f/1.0 lense, which stopped production in 2000. Photographers complained the lens wasn’t actually that good, except for the bokeh. The main concern was the lens’ lack of sharpness when shooting at stops below f/1.0.

A few decades have passed bringing along with it huge advancements in optics technology. And now it seems Fujifilm believe they can develop a lens that will hit the mark. The company is also appearing to listen to its consumers. The 33mm f/1.0 lens has been voted the most desired lens that Fujifilm should release next by more than 4,000 consumers on the FujiRumors.com.

Petapixel reader Bryan Soderlind found the Canon 50mm f/1.0 to have a “razor sharp depth of field.” With such a low aperture, he told the photography website that it was a frustrating learning curve getting anything in focus. Expect to see more of these types of shots when the Fuijfilm 33mm f/1.0 hits the market – albeit slightly wider shots.

Eammon Atkinson

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