You might remember Fujifilm's announcement of the development of an ultra-fast 50mm f/1.0 lens. Good news for those who have been waiting for it to arrive: the company has confirmed that we will see it later this year.
Fuji confirmed the news at a recent event in India. You might remember that the lens originally started as a design for a 33mm f/1.0. However, the company eventually scrapped the lens after the design became too large and heavy, eventually tipping the scales at 45.8 oz (1,300 g) and requiring a tripod foot for stability. However, the company also announced that instead, a 50mm f/1.0 lens would be created, coming in at 31.7 oz (900 g), a hefty but reasonable weight for what will be a premium level portrait lens. When it hits shelves, it will be the fastest autofocus lens in production in the world. It will not be the first f/1.0 autofocus lens, as Canon released their own 50mm f/1.0 autofocus lens in 1989 (and that was full frame)! However, the Canon lens was meant more for bragging rights than extreme performance, whereas we are likely to see more practical usage from the Fuji optic. It should certainly be an exciting lens!