Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Autofocus Lens for Fujifilm X: “A Killer Option for a Budget Friendly Fuji System”

Matthias contacted me via email, with an important update to his ongoing Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lens for Fujifilm X.

New firmware released, all bugs are gone and the focus speed has been updated! The Viltrox 85mm f1.8 is now one of, if not the best bang for the buck lenses in the Fuji system.”

Above you can see his quick video review update. He also updates his written review at gunpowdervideo.

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is the 4th third party AF lens for Fujifilm X after the Zeiss Touit 12mm, Zeiss Touit 32mm and Zeiss Touit 50mm 1:1 Macro.

At photokina 2018, I had the chance to play with a very early prototype version of the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8. You can see an autofocus test and get RAW samples here.

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New Fringer EF/FX Smart Autofocus Adapters Firmware 2.80 Released – VIDEO DEMO

Fringer just released firmware version 2.80 for their Fringer EF/FX smart adapters.

version 2.80

  1. Fixed: Some of EF400/5.6L lenses can’t be recognized by the adapterand lose PDAF capability
  2. Re-optimized following lenses to improve theirPDAFaccuracy
    1) EF40/2.8STM
    2) EF17-40/4L
    3) EF50/1.2L
    4) EF85/1.2L II
  3. Introduced smooth video AF for the following lenses. More lenses may be added to thislist in the future
    1) EF 50/1.8STM
    2) EF 40/2.8STM
    3) EFS 24/2.8STM
    4) EF 70-200/2.8L IS II
    5) SIGMA 50-100/1.8 Art
    6) SIGMA 70-200/2.8 OS Sports
    7) SIGMA 24-105/4 OS Art
    8) SIGMA 24-70/2.8 OS Art
    9) TAMRON SP 15-30/2.8 VC
  4. Added following lenses to the tested and optimized lens list:
    1) TAMRON SP 15-30/2.8 VC
    2) SIGMA 60-600/4.5-6.3 OS Sports
    3) SIGMA 70-200/2.8 OS Sports
    4) SIGMA 70-200/2.8 OS Sports + 1.4X
    5) SIGMA 70-200/2.8 OS Sports + 2X
    6) SIGMA 24-105/4 OS Art
    7) SIGMA 24-70/2.8 OS Art
    Be noted: It’s known that firmware v1.02for Sigma24-70/2.8Arthas compatible issues. If you encounter AF problems when using this lens, please upgrade it to latest firmware, i.e. v2.03at currenttime.

Click here to understand how to upgradedownload links here
Be noted: Before upgrading to V2.80, make sure current firmware version is V2.x. If it’s V1.x, please upgrade to V2.10 first.

This Guy Sticks with Fujifilm APS-C, Does Not Go FULL FRAME and Shares a “Cure Your GAS” Excel Spreadsheet

Cure Your GAS

In times, where we are bombarded with marketing material about Full Frame mirrorless cameras, Jason wonders if he should switch to FF from his Fujifilm X-T2.

But instead of just following the hype (and the GAS), he decided to applied a methodology that helps him to decide more objectively if such a switch would make sense.

First he list the 5 most important characteristics he looks for in a camera according to importance:

  • portability – 30% importance
  • lens selection – 20% importance
  • user interface – 20% importance
  • image quality – 15% importance
  • autofocus – 15% importance

He then assigned a rating to each of the above features for the following cameras: Fujifilm X-T3, Fujifilm X-T2, Sony A7III, Nikon Z7, Panasonic S1 and Canon EOS R.

He ended up with the following results:

Ranking:

  • Fujifilm X-T3 – 7.9
  • Fujifilm X-T2 – 7.75
  • Sony A7III – 7.65
  • Nikon Z7 – 6.8
  • Canon R – 6.7
  • Panasonic S1 – 6.15

The results showed him that he can save himself the $6,000+ he’d need to switch to the Sony A7III (+ lenses he needs), since it ranks even below the camera he already uses, the Fujifilm X-T2.

He concludes that he better spends that money for nice trip with his X-T2.

Of course everybody will get different results, depending on which top 5 features you select and which importance you assign to them.

So which one is the right call for you?

Use Jason’s methodology, download and edit his “Cure Your GAS Excel Spreadsheet” on dropbox here, and let’s see if Fujifilm is still the right call also for you.

Altough I find this a cool methodology, I personally won’t make this test, since I already know that what need to reach ultimate photographic happiness is an X-E4 with tilt screen and this XF 27mmF2.8 with aperture ring.

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