To give the full name, this is the “Fujinon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Lens“; this lens was meant to be released some time ago and delayed but it has finally been announced. The Fuji rep I spoke to last week did say it was going to be announced this week.
If you read the press release you will see this little nugget of information:
“To ensure that autofocus performs as expected, download and install the latest version of the firmware for your camera. The firmware can be downloaded from the following website: http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/fw_table.html *available from June 27th”
So even if you have the lens today you won’t be able to fully use this until later this month; that is unless your name is “Rico Pfirstinger” who already has had a go with the lens, you can read his thoughts and views on the Fuji Rumors website here.
The other item that the Fuji rep told me about is that the lens won’t be available until July and this been confirmed too; so at least the firmware will be out before the general availability of the lens.
The UK price according to DPReview (their first look is here) will be £749.99, maybe the £699 price I was given by the Fuji rep is what the shop price will be (they are usually slightly cheaper than the actual RRP).
I’m sure that a lot more information will be available later as more and more review sites get to play with the lens. Hopefully some of the major retailers will announce the lens availability soon so that the UK price can be confirmed.