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Fast pro glass for Fujifilm fans

Posted on Nov 21, 2023 by Samara Husbands

The Viltrox AF 27mm f/1.2 is a high-resolution, do-it-all lens perfect for X Mount shooters 

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When it comes to choosing an ultra-precision, superfast lens to fit onto a Fujifilm X Mount camera, look no further than the Viltrox AF 27mm f/1.2 Pro XF. This autofocus optic is another masterpiece of engineering from the flagship Viltrox Pro line-up, built for incredible quality with no compromises.

It combines an ultra-large aperture, excellent optical quality, high resolution, top image rendering and autofocus that’s fast and precise. It’s built for professional use, reliable enough to handle the rigours of everything from speedy street shooting to starry sky landscapes. It brings stellar levels of performance to APS-C lenses, thanks to its complex build of 15 lens elements in 11 groups. This includes one aspherical, two ED and five high refractive index lenses to keep any aberrations and vignetting to an absolute minimum.

Even when shot wide open at f/1.2, image quality remains tack-sharp while producing some beautifully smooth bokeh thanks to an 11-bladed iris. This allows for a lower ISO setting to maximise ultimate image quality.

To aid speedy and precise AF, the Viltrox prime uses a quiet and highly responsive STM. Minimum focus distance is as close as 0.28m. As the 27mm focal length gives an equivalent field of view to a full-frame 40mm lens, this is very close to the field of view of the human eye. So this gives a very natural look and makes it perfect for street candids, landscapes, portraits, still life and lots of other subjects.

To ensure it offers reliable service, the AF 27mm f/1.2 Pro XF features a full-metal body yet weighs just 560g. It incorporates a high-grade dust-sealing ring as well as an efficient splash-resistant structure. And a water- and dirt-repellent coating on the front lens makes it suitable for shooting in tough conditions. At the front is a 67mm filter thread and the lens comes complete with petal-shaped lens hood to stop excess flare and provide further protection.

Perhaps best of all is the great-value price. The AF 27mm f/1.2 Pro XF list price is £429/$545 – and soon it will be followed by Z and E mount versions. 

Originally published in the November/December 2023 issue of Pro Moviemaker.

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