New Viltrox roadmap shows nine new lenses on the way including Micro Four Thirds cine lenses

May 2, 2020

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New Viltrox roadmap shows nine new lenses on the way including Micro Four Thirds cine lenses

May 2, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Viltrox has posted their updated lens roadmap to Weibo and it shows nine new lenses coming between now and next year. Viltrox is traditionally known more for (relatively) inexpensive lens adapters and various accessories, but they’ve actually been making lenses for a couple of years now for various mirrorless systems including Sony, Fuji, Nikon and L mount.

The new lens roadmap shows Viltrox’s existing 9 lenses along with 9 new ones, expected to come out over the next year or so. There is a mix of Micro Four Thirds, APS-C and full-frame lenses coming and while they don’t mention the mounts for the APS-C and full-frame lenses, I think some can be fairly safe bets.

First up, are the three Micro Four Thirds lenses scheduled for Q3 2020. Interestingly, they’re the exact same focal lengths as three lenses that Viltrox expected to start shipping this quarter for Fuji X, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds (and that, apparently Tokina also plans to release this summer for Sony APS-C E-Mount). But the “T1.5” notation, instead of “f/1.4” suggests that Viltrox is getting into the cine lens market.

  • S 23mm T1.5 MFT
  • S 33mm T1.5 MFT
  • S 56mm T1.5 MFT

In Q4 2020, three full-frame lenses are coming. They don’t mention what mounts these are for, but given that they’ve previously released full-frame lenses for Sony E mount, Nikon Z mount and Leica L mount, I think at least one of those will be a pretty solid bet.

  • AF 24mm f/1.8 (Full-frame)
  • AF 35mm f/1.8 (Full-frame)
  • AF 50mm f/1.8 (Full-frame)

Next year, during Q1, we’ll have one full-frame lens and one APS-C (pretty sure this one will be for Fuji X).

  • AF 13mm f/1.4
  • AF 28mm f/1.8

And finally, in Q2 2021 there’s one final full-frame lens on the way.

  • AF 16mm f/1.8

It’s an interesting assortment, but it’s nice to see more players coming to the lower end lens game. I’m particularly curious about how their MFT cine lenses are going to stack up against the competition in terms of price, image quality and overall build quality.

[via Photo Rumors]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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