Opticallimits Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Review: “A Surprisingly Mature Product”

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 was the best selling third party lens of 2019 here on FujiRumors, and that it was a good choice.

The cusotmer reviews are mostly very positive:

Now also renowned review sites, such as opticallimits (former photozone), have declared it a great alternative to the Fujinon optics, which remain superior in terms of IQ and AF speed, but you also pay them significantly more.

The Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f/1.8 STM is an attractive medium tele lens for Fujifilm cameras. It is sharp across the image field – especially at medium aperture settings – and it doesn’t show any substantial weakness across the other characteristics either. Lateral CAs are low as are image distortions. There is a bit of vignetting at f/1.8 but it’s nothing out of the ordinary (on an APS-C sensor at least). A very positive aspect is the quality of the bokeh. Image highlights are nicely rendered at f/1.8 and the blur in the focus transition zones is very creamy. Bokeh fringing (LoCA) is present at large-aperture settings but that’s hardly surprising.

The build quality feels very “tanky” due to the all-metal design. Pro photographers may miss weather-sealing but that’s a different market segment anyway. Unlike other small manufacturers, Viltrox managed to implement an autofocus motor (STM = stepping motor). The speed is decent but action photography is a bit out of scope. However, such a lens is more aligned to portrait or street photography anyway.

It is quite surprising than Viltrox was capable of designing and manufacturing such a mature product as their first shot into the market. Other newcomers struggled much more during their first years (and some still do). Of course, designing a 85mm f/1.8 isn’t science fiction but getting all the required acts together at a very attractive price point is an achievement. Thus if you can’t or don’t want to pay the premium price for a Fujifilm XF 90mm f/2 LM R WR, the Viltrox lens is a worthy candidate for your shopping list.

Now I can’t wait how the next Viltrox Fujifilm X autofocus lenses will perform, the Viltrox 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4.

You can read the full review at opticallimits.

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Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 Price Officially Disclosed

Viltrox has now disclosed the official price in Chinese Yuan of the Viltrox 33mm f/1.4.

The lens will cost 1,799 Yuan, which converted means USD 255.

This confirms the price tag of $250 given back in September.

As FujiRumors reported here, the release for the Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 has been postponed to next year.

The only lens that could still make it for 2019, is the Viltrox 23mm f/1.4.

The latest specs and images about all three upcoming Viltrox lenses can be found in this article.

And don’t forget

New Viltrox Product Images

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Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 launch Postponed to Next Year

Viltrox Fujifilm

Back in September, Viltrox released specs and price for the new Viltrox 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4.

They also said that the release of all three lenses was scheduled for December 2019.

However, I have been told (thanks) about a delay for the Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4.

Only the Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 could “maybe” still make it in time for December… take note of that “maybe”.

The latest specs and images about all three upcoming Viltrox lenses can be found in this article.

And don’t forget

Additional Specs: Viltrox 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lenses

The only Viltrox lens for Fujifilm until now

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A FR-reader shared with FujiRumors some flyers about the upcoming Viltrox lenses:

  • Viltrox 23mm f/1.4
  • Viltrox 33mm f/1.4
  • Viltrox 56mm f/1.4

Viltrox 23, 33 and 56 hands on images!

The flyers give a few more details to the ones already shared in this article as well as some correction (for example a slight weight increase in some cases and lens elements design changes for the 23mm f/1.4).

In the meantime, the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lens for Fujifilm X is a best seller and so far the feedback is definitely very positive. It’s not a Fujinon, but it’s also so much cheaper, that you definitely get great performance for little price.

Down below all the new details about the upcoming lenses.

And…

Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 specs

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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Fuji X Mount Autofocus Lens Review Roundup

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 AF is definitely the hottest non Fujinon lenses of the moment, alone for the reason that, besides the Zeiss Touit Fuji X trinity, it’s the only autofocus lens for the Fujifilm X system.

But, unlike the Zeiss Touit Trinity, it is the only reverse-engineered lens AF lens for Fujifilm X.

Moreover, it is pretty affordable!

So far the reviews have been very positive, and while it can’t match the Fujinon XF quality, it is definitely great value for money.

Hence, we keep up covering this lens in dedicated roundups here on FujiRumors.

The good news?

There will be more!

As we reported here, the Fuji X mount Viltrox 23mm f/1.4, 33mm f/1.4 and 56mm f/1.4 are coming within 2019 with seriously aggressive price tag.

It’s great to see competition coming for our beloved Fujinon XF23mm f/1.4, XF 35mm f/1.4 and XF 56mm f/1.2.

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 Roundup

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