Viltox has closed out 2022 with the announcement of a fast, new 75mm prime lens. The 75mm F/1.2 autofocus lens will be available for Fuji X-Mount, with Nikon Z-mount and the E-mount version coming later in 2023.
Using 16 lens elements organized in eleven groups, with what Viltrox calls “premium optical construction,” the announcement stops short of providing details of what makes the Viltrox 75mm F/1.2 so high performing.
The APS-C lens has an angle of view of 21.35 degrees, and eleven aperture blades for smooth, buttery bokeh and excellent low-light performance.
The lens elements also have a high-definition multi-layer nano coasting to reduce chromatic aberration and fringing. The lens is driven by ring-mounted STM motors for near-silent autofocus that the company boasts as being precise and fast.
Moreover, the lens design has been optimized for use in video applications.
With an aperture range of F/1.2-F16, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 34.65 inches (.88m) and a magnification factor of .1. The lens also has the usual addition of an MF/AF switch, and a USB-C port for firmware updates.
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Other specs include a length of 101mm and width of 87mm and an overall weight of 670g. The 75mm lens also sports a 77mm filter thread. The lens is also protected by three-layer protective coatings making it both waterproof and dustproof.
It’s interesting that Viltrox is launching the new lens primarily on Fujifilm X-mount before other mounts come down the line.
This seems to indicate that the strength of the new Fuji X-Series has captured the imagination of designers and engineers who are impressed with its overall performance as an optical imaging platform.
Viltrox states that the 75mm F/1.2 autofocus lens will be available soon for a retail price of $549 from Viltrox directly or from authorized retailers.
As previously mentioned, the lens will be available initially for Fuji X-Mount, with Sony E-Mount and Nikon Z-mount coming later in 2023.
But since Canon has become rather litigious in protecting the autofocus designs of their RF mount lenses at this point, don’t look for it to be coming to that platform any time soon.
[source: Sony Alpha Rumors]
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