Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 Quick First Impressions and Comparison
Mattias Burling started its coverage about the Viltrox 33mm f/1.4.
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.
The Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 AF is the second AF lens for Fujifilm X by Viltrox. Other two lenses, the Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 and Viltrox 56mm f/1.4 will follow later on.
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.
- Viltrox 33mm f/1.4 AF: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama, eBay
- Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 AF: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama
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