As promised, a field test of the Olympus 25mm f/1.2 shot on the Lumix G85 and the Fuji 90mm f/2 shot on the Fuji X-T2. At $1,200.00 USD, not sure if I’d trade in my Leica 25mm f/1.4 just yet if you’ve got one: the Olympus is sharp, but it’s no match for the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC DN. It does offer a nice manual focus clutch system though, which I wish was incorporated in all my AF lenses. The Fuji lenses are getting kind of boring to test, since they’re all outstanding, and the 90mm f/2 is no exception to the rule. Looking at the files from the X-T2, the images are so crisp and detailed, if only it had IBIS so I didn’t have to use a tripod or monopod for support. Like just about all of Fuji’s lenses, the 90mm f/2 has an aperture ring and is all-metal. Aside from Voigtlander, I don’t believe there’s another manufacturer east of Germany that produces such solidly built lenses. One thing to know if you’re in the market for the 90mm is that the lens will make clunking sounds when moved unless attached to the body and in record mode. I’m given to understand that is because of electromagnets that only become active when actuating recording.
Music by Eric Matyas