New 7artisans 18mm F6.3 II Wide-Angle Announced

7artisans announced the 7artisans 18mm F6.3 II Wide-angle which is a new 18mm f6.3 pancake lens that is very compact and can be ordered from Amazon.

  • A Carry-anywhere Lens: The 7artisans 18mm F6.3 II Lens is a tiny wide-angle lens that looks like a body cap when mounting on your camera, which makes it perfect for casual walkaround shooting and the wide-angle focal length suits street and documentary shooting applications
  • APS-C Format ​Lens: The 7artisans 18mm F6.3 II is designed for APS-C-format Fuji X-mount mirrorless cameras and provides a 27mm equivalent focal length.
  • Manual Lens: Fixed f/6.3 aperture and fixed focus, with a minimum focus distance of 30cm, with a simple and intuitive design.
  • Fully-metal Construction: The Lens is fully metal built with a compact size and weighs only 58g.
  • Wide Compatibility: It fit Fuji X-mount mirrorless cameras like X-A1 X-A10 X-A2 X-A2 X-A3 X-A5 X-A7 X-M1 X-M2 X-H1 X-T1 X-T10 X-T2 X-T20 X-T3 X-T4 X-T100 X-T200 X-T30 X-Pro1 X-Pro2 X-Pro3 X-E1 X-E2 X-E2S X-E3 XS10 X-H1 X-H2S

7artisans 18mm F6.3 II Wide-angle: Amazon

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Optical Limits: Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 PRO XF – Highly Recommended


Optical limits posted its full review of the Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 PRO XF, which you can read here, and they have decided to recommend the lens highly. Their findings are quite interesting, with the lens having great sharpness, even wide open, with peak resolution being achieved in the center by f/2. I just received mine, and my only complaint is that the manual focus ring could be smoother. Below are excerpts from the conclusion.

the lens is capable of delivering beautiful results. The f/1.2 setting is perfectly usable with a very sharp center quality and pretty good corners/borders. The center is tack sharp at f/1.6. The outer image field doesn’t improve that much when stopping down but they have a nice peak quality at f/5.6 if you want to push it. Lateral CAs as well as image distortions are basically absent. Surprisingly, axial CAs (LoCAs) are also very low at f/1.2 and gone from f/2 already. We also didn’t notice any purple fringing at large aperture settings. The vignetting is a bit on the high side at f/1.2 but image-auto correction can mostly fix this for you. Besides being capable of producing a very shallow depth-of-field in the first place, the bokeh is also very nice, especially in the image background. Out-of-focus highlights are a bit too prone to producing “cat eyes” though.

Another highlight of the Viltrox lens is its high build quality which is easily on the level of the best Fujinon lenses. The lens feels reassuringly sturdy thanks to a metal body and the inner focusing system. The added weather-sealing also illustrates the high ambitions that Viltrox has with this lens. The lens is fully coupled thus besides producing EXIF data and a camera-controlled aperture, it also features an AF motor. The AF may not be the fastest on the planet but it does a decent job.

The Viltrox is becoming a force to be reckoned with now. Given the degree of refinement of the AF 75mm f/1.2 PRO XF, they are now truly competing with the big boys – at a much lower price. While not perfect in every aspect, it is impressive what the lens can do for you straight from f/1.2. As such, it receives our “highly recommended” badge.

Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 PRO XF: B&H Photo / Amazon

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Tokina SZ 300mm PRO Reflex F7.1 MF CF / SZ 600mm PRO Reflex F8 MF CF / SZ 900mm PRO Reflex F11 MF CF Now Available


The Tokina SZ 300mm PRO Reflex F7.1 MF CF / SZ 600mm PRO Reflex F8 MF CF / SZ 900mm PRO Reflex F11 MF CF that was first announced here are now available to order. These compact mirror lenses provide excellent weight, size, and value for the money, with the only real downside of the design being the donut bokeh that some might find offensive.

Tokina SZ 300mm PRO Reflex F7.1 MF CF
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Tokina SZ 600mm PRO Reflex F8 MF CF
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More Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 Pro Shipping, Where to Buy, and Reviews


Viltrox only produced 50 Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 Pro lenses for the launch, which immediately sold out on their website, so there was some speculation that the lens might be a lower volume lens that is hard to find, but I have now received 3 reports of different batches of the lens shipping from B&H Photo since January 18th, so it sounds like they are shipping consistently. One of the three is my lens which just shipped today and I can’t wait to try it out with my X-T5.

Viltrox also sells directly on Amazon, but the lens hasn’t been in stock since it was found on January 20th, so B&H Photo is probably the best retailer to order from if you want to get a Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 Pro sometime soon.

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CineD: Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R WR Factory Tour

Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R WR:
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CineD gave us a look inside the Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R WR factory, which is currently one of my favorite new lenses for X-mount. It’s good to see Fujifilm is giving factory tours again, and there really isn’t much to learn from the video, but it is pretty interesting to see how they assemble the 480 parts of this lens.

The video is pretty short for a CineD Fujifilm video, so I am inclined to believe that CineD was in Japan to see something else from Fujifilm, and they got to see the Fujinon XF150-600mm f/5.6-8 R WR factory on a stop along the way, so maybe we will get more videos from them related to this trip.

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