Is Fujifilm following Canon's lead with a budget super telephoto?

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(Image credit: James Artaius)

As surely as the sun rises, new patents will be uncovered spoiling camera manufacturers' carefully maintained secrecy. And this time it is Fujifilm's turn, with a new patent revealing that it has designed a Fujinon XF 500mm f/8 OIS lens. 

Fujifilm rumors usually revolve around bodies more than lenses, but a new bit of sleuthing shows that the manufacturer has been working on a lens very similar in purpose to the very successful and well-received Canon RF 800mm f/11 IS STM (and its little brother, the Canon RF 600mm f/11 IS STM). 

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.