Opticallimits (former photozone) published its Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 Fujifilm X mount lens review.
From their conclusions:
[…] the verdict has to be about context. And the context is that this is about a $280 lens costing less than half of the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R and this Fujinon is far from being flawless.
The Viltrox lens actually shares many characteristics with this lens. In terms of resolution, it is quite sharp in the image center at f/1.4 and f/2 whereas the outer image field is soft. Stopping down results in a gradual increase in quality reaching its peak at f/5.6. Images are sharp across the board at this setting although there’s still some room for improvement here.
Lateral CAs are low and nothing to worry about.
If you are into architecture photography, you may spot a tad of pincushion distortion.
There is also some vignetting when shooting at f/1.4 but it’s not out of the ordinary really.
[…] A positive aspect is the quality of the bokeh. It deteriorates somewhat in the far corners but generally, it is pleasing. This is especially true for the out-of-focus highlights.
[…] mechanical quality is surprisingly high.
[…] The AF is both speedy and noiseless – something that can’t be said about the Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R actually.
[…] Overall, it may not the last word in terms of sharpness at large apertures but the Viltrox AF 33mm f/1.4 XF is a killer offering in terms of value and a serious alternative to the aging Fujinon XF 35mm f/1.4 R.
He just shared his very first impression about the lens. Here they are:
all metal lens hood
pretty small but long. Would feel a bit long on something like an X-E camera
it can’t cover full frame, which is why size is contained (compared to the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8, which also fits on full frame cameras, hence the lens is bigger than it would be, if designed only for APS-C)
autofocus: it’s good. Single AF is quick and snappy. It’s much more quiet than the XF35mm f/1.4.
continuous AF seems to work well too. At least in bright conditions, which is where he tested it
aperture ring is step-less. He’d have preferred 1/3 stop clicks on aperture ring. It does not feel very smooth, unlike the focus ring, which is smooth like butter.
nice image quality. Fringing is under control but present. Vignetting behaves very well. Decently sharp at f/1.4 and of course much sharper when stopped down
it can easily catch haze when shooting strongly backlit subjects (also Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 behaves like that)
He then compares it to the Fujinon GF63mm f/2.8 mounted on the Fujifilm GFX 50R as well as to the cheap Canon 50mm. The Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 was the fastest focusing lens in the test.
We remind you that Tokina will also launch a 23mm/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 lens in 2020, as we reported here. They look like re-branded Viltrox lenses. It will be interesting to see, though, if also the Tokina lenses will have a clickless aperture ring, too.