A Look at the Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 XF Lens

Viltrox has quickly endeared themselves to many photographers by offering extremely affordable lenses that often offer performance and image quality far beyond what their prices might suggest. Their latest offering, the AF 75mm f/1.2 XF, promises Fujifilm users an extremely wide aperture in tandem with a short telephoto focal length, which should capture the attention of budget-conscious portrait and wedding photographers everywhere. This great video review takes a look at the lens and just what you can expect from it in usage. 

Coming to you from Hk Visuals, this excellent video review takes a look at the Viltrox AF 75mm f/1.2 XF lens for Fujifilm X Series mirrorless cameras. Costing just $549, the 75mm f/1.2 is remarkably affordable for what it offers on paper, making it an intriguing option, particularly for wedding and portrait photographers. And it offers impressively good performance for that price, including strong sharpness, even at wide apertures, pleasing bokeh, a nice lack of aberrations, plus solid build quality and weather-sealing for working outside in inclement conditions. It really is quite an impressive lens, especially considering it can keep up with the very dense sensors on the X-T5 and X-H2, which will bring out defects in any option. Check out the video above for the full rundown. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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It's a nice lens for sure. But you need to accept the flaws, which can be boiled down to: still unsure AF, flaring and ghosting, swirly and sometimes busy bokeh, bulk compared to other (arguably better) Fuji native lenses.

I have the 75 and the 90 f2, which cost me less buying a used mint copy.

At the end of the day the 90 is observably better and it performs better also. It's more contrasty, the rendering is more organic, much faster in operation, smoother more consistent bokeh, greater compression. Sharpness is pretty comparable both atf2... but this is the 90 wode open. I would use the 90mm for shots you can't miss, you don't want the 75 to decide suddenly it will refocus all the way back out and in (which it does with lower contrast scenes and subjects, like blonde haired people wearing white) just at the critical moment. Squirly blur can be nice, but you might not want it in all shots. And while some flare can add an artistic touch, washed out shots don't. And that flare isn't always the nice kind.

90 for dependability, consistency and ultimate IQ. 75 for character and images that are different, and where you have more time to compose (and can reshoot).

Sure the 90 can be long at times. But in most situations you shoot the 75 with the 90 would be equally at home.