Viltrox 23mm, 33mm and 56mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lenses Coming for Fujifilm X Mount

Viltrox AF Lenses

Viltrox recently launched the first reverse-engineered Fujifilm X autofocus lens, the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 AF.

Now fellow FR-reader Michael (instagram, twitter, youtube) informed me that more lenses will come. In fact, Viltrox said:

We will have more choices on focal length like 23mm/33mm/56mmf1.4. Maybe some of them can come out in October this year.

It looks like competition is coming for the (currently discounted) Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4, XF 35mm f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2.

As we reported here, the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is on and about to become the best-selling third-party lens for Fujifilm X here on FujiRumors. So there is space for third-party glass in Fuji X shooters’ bags, and I wish Sigma, Tamron and Tokina would join the X mount, too.

The issue? Fujifilm does not open their protocols (except for Zeiss and the Zeiss Touit X mount trinity), hence companies have to laboriously reverse-engineer the lens firmware to make it work on X mount.

Sigma has flirted with X series customers, saying that they would love to provide lenses for us, if Fujifilm discloses their protocols. However, Fujifilm replied that this won’t happen.

  • fujirumors.com – Sigma CEO: “Fujifilm customers would be our ideal customer, but Fujifilm does not disclose their protocols
  • fujirumors.com – Fuji CEO: “Fujifilm does need to share X mount protocols with third-parties, since we offer already lots of glass. But if third-parties reverse-engineer AF lenses for X mount, that’s good from a customers’ point of view

Fujifilm makes more money with lenses, than with camera bodies, so it is understandable that they are reluctant to open their mount to third parties.

On the other hand, I believe that with an open X mount, Fujifilm would grow its customer base faster than it is currently happening.

Last but not least, some rumors we shared last year:

  • read here: SIGMA Will Make FUJIFILM X Mount lenses if X series Camera Sales Increase by 20%
  • read here: SIGMA Needs Bigger Fujifilm Market Share, TOKINA Designed X Glass Already but Stopped by Royalties, TAMRON is Vague

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Viltrox EF-FX2 Focal Reducer With Autofocus Reviews

Viltrox EF-FX2

The Viltrox EF-FX2 AF Smart Adapter focal reducer is a welcome addition to the other “speedboosters” available for Fujifilm X, the Metabones Speedbooster and the Kipon Baveyes EF-FX AF 0.7x.

The reviewes so far are very positive, and make it look like a good option.

You can check pricing and specs at AmazonUS and BHphoto.

Down below a couple of youtube reviews:

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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Autofocus Lens for Fujifilm X Pre-orders Available

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lens for Fujifilm X mount is now available for pre-order at AmazonUS (shipping April 19) and BHphoto here (available May 6).

We have covered the latest reviews and compared it also to the Fujinon XF 90mm f/2 in a dedicated Viltrox 85mm roundup here.

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Viltrox 85mm F1.8 Autofocus Lens for Fujifilm Delayed

FR reader Chris pre-ordered the Viltrox 85mm F1.8 autofocus lens for Fujifilm at eBay here. Now he has been contacted by the retailer, who told him that there are issues with the lens, and hence the shipping, which was originally expected for October, will delay.

As you know, I did test a pre-production Viltrox 85mm F1.8 AF lens at photokina in September, and I share an autofocus video as well as JPEG and RAW samples to download here.

We can not show you th perfect lens now, We just received notification from the factory. They said there is something wrong with the lens and can not when will fixed done. There is some troubles with the factory, too. We are so upset when we got this news. We can five you the full refund first. When the factory fixed the problem, we will let you know. And also ship you the DHL Express when you pay again if the lens fixed the problems. We can apply for some discounts to the company for you. Even if we just got a little bit profit. Is it OK for you?”