Fujifilm has been working on development of an extreme lens, a 33mm f/1.0, for its X-mount mirrorless cameras for a little while now. However, the company has announced that they have canceled development of the lens in favor of a new 50mm f/1 lens.
Fuji's popular X series of cameras is known for having a lot of quality glass. However, Fujifilm's Head of Product Planning, Takashi Ueno, announced that the 33mm f/1.0 prototype had become increasingly large and heavy, tipping the scales at 45.8 oz (1,300 g) and requiring a tripod foot to lend it stability, making it simply too unwieldy for practical use. In its place, the company has announced development of a 50mm f/1 lens (75mm equivalent) that they say will come in under 31.7 oz (900 g). At two pounds or less, such a lens would be a reasonable size for a premium portrait lens and would certainly be an interesting option for wedding and portrait photographers. Of course, the company already has the much beloved XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens, but an f/1 lens would offer an additional 2/3 of a stop beyond that and possibly add image quality improvements with Fuji's latest research and development going into it. It's certainly an exciting time for Fuji shooters!