Viltrox 56mm F1.4 XF Coming September 20

Viltrox has announced that the new Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm X mount will be available on September 20.

You can pre-order it now at BHphoto here.

Good timing to announce it just a few days after the launch of the latest Fujinon-bomb, the Fujinon XF50mmF1.0.

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New Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 Released, Will No Longer Damage Your Fujifilm X-Pro3

Back in May, Viltrox issued a statement that their X Mount AF lenses can damage the Fujifilm X-Pro3 and FujiRumors later on reported about a free return service Viltrox offered.

Now they are redesigning those lenses, so that they won’t damage your X-Pro3 anymore (see damage in this post).

Just a few days, Viltrox has also released a MK II version of the 85mm f/1.8. Now the updated Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 AF has been released too.

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Tokina ATX-M (and not ATX-I) Coming for Fujifilm… and are they Just Rebranded Viltrox Lenses?

Recently Tokina announced the launch of three Fujifilm X mount lenses:

  • Tokina atx-m 23mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 33mm f/1.4
  • Tokina atx-m 56mm f/1.4

There was some confusion also today, because Tokina just launched the Tokina 11-20mm f/2.8 ATX-I, but the site, reporting about it, says that the ATX-I is for Canon and Nikon only, and the ATX-M (the three above) are for Fujifilm.

So, no Tokina 11-20 for Fujifilm for now.

Now, let’s talk about the ATX-M lenses.

As many of you noticed, they looked like rebranded Viltrox lenses. The optical constructions seems identical, but the body seems build slightly different.

Ben Sullivan investigated this topic, comparing the Tokina 85mm f1.8 & Viltrox STM 85mm f1.8. Here is what says:

  • Upon comparing the optical design, Ben saw that the two lenses share a nearly identical composition.
  • The MTF results looks pretty similar too. Tokina says that they’ve used a “proprietary coating” on the 85mm ATX-M, which could account for the moderate resolution difference, along with normal deviation between each individual lens tested.
  • pretty noticeable physical similarities as well
  • Feature wise, there are also quite a few similarities between the two lenses. In fact, the only non-identical spec I found was Tokina’s 0.125x magnification versus the 0.12x magnification listed for the Viltrox. […] It may be that they are indeed identical and that one company simply rounded down from x0.125 and the other rounded up.
  • both Tokina and the Viltrox 85mm lenses currently display as the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 in CaptureOne Pro
  • Ben reached out to Tokina Japan for an official response
  • Tokina answered “Tokina lenses does not have a relationship with Viltrox
  • Tokina and Viltrox apparently have no business relationship whatsoever.
  • Ben’s best guess would be that Tokina and Viltrox are both working with a well established 3rd party Chinese lens manufacturer that creates prototypes and allows other companies to customize and sell their lenses under their own brand names.
  • This makes oodles of sense if you think about how fantastically well Viltrox did with releasing their first ever lenses for Sony and Fujifilm last year.

You can read the full article at ayrn.io.

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Opticallimits Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 AF Review: “Not as Good as the Fujinon 23mmF1.4, but Better Value for Money”

Opticallimits (former photozone) published its Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 Fujifilm X mount lens review.

The Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4 (btw., my most used lens during my home-teaching vlogging career) won’t be dethroned in terms of image quality, but given that the Viltrox costs a fraction of the price of the Fujinon, it is better value for money, according to opticallimits.

From their conclusions:

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