Viltrox lenses are a smart and successful alternative to the native optics on the Fujifilm X crop system. However, they are already available for Sony E-mount and Canon EF-M mount.
I have done before review on Viltrox 23mm f1.4, the happy owner of which I am. Now I have been provided with the entire current line for review (as of 2020): 23mm f / 1.4, 33mm f / 1.4, 56mm f / 1.4, 85mm f / 1.8.
All of these lenses have excellent build quality. Metal body, all parts are tightly assembled, nothing dangles. General feeling that you are holding premium optics in your hands. Physically, these lenses feel more expensive than they cost. Models 23, 33 and 56mm have metal hoods and 52mm filter diameter. The Viltrox 85mm f1.8 features a plastic hood and a 72mm filter diameter.
This line is equipped with STM focusing motors. I had no complaints about the AF work. It is quiet and fast. Non-native optics via adapter Fringer EF-FX II behaves somewhat worse. Viltrox behaves like a family - even better than many of the Fujinon line.
As for the quality of the resulting image, everything is not so simple here.
- In general, if you just shoot and not find fault with every pixel, then all photos at f1.4 feel sharp.
- The bokeh is nice.
- The 56mm and 85mm lenses are already sharp at the center and at the edges.
- All lenses in this line have chromatic aberrations at open apertures. Color: green + purple.
- The 23mm and 33mm lenses at f1.4 are sharp in the center, but good edge sharpness is achieved from f4.
Below I will show you how these lenses look on the body of the Fujifilm X-S10 and individually. Pay attention to 2 options Viltrox 23mm f1.4 - newer models are produced with white lettering, old ones with golden letters (in a bohoy style). One of the latest photos - a comparison of the plastic mount at Fujifilm XC 15-45 f3.5-5.6 with Viltrox lens mount.
Finally, we have a whole line of lenses that are adequate in cost and quality for Fujifilm crop cameras. They not only look stylish, but also shoot well. There were some drawbacks in the form of chromatic aberrations at open apertures, which should be borne in mind. Native Fujinon lenses, which cost 3x more on average, do much better at XA. Nevertheless, Viltrox lenses are very decent and make this system attractive to a wide range of amateur photographers. If you want the maximum and are not ready to put up with unsharpness around the edges on open and the aforementioned chromaticity, then I would advise you to look at the full frame.
I am convinced that a crop system should cost and weigh like a crop. That is, not to be too expensive and heavy. Fujinon's native optics are highly overpriced and not worth their money in my opinion. For the price of a Fujifilm crop carcass with native f1.4 lenses, you can purchase an initial full frame like Canon RP and the same price Sigma ART lenses... For the keen photographer, this will be much stronger than any crop option. But I can say that Fujifilm X-S10 with Viltroks suits me perfectly. If you close the aperture, the detail is just crazy. And at open apertures, the edges of the image are still rarely in focus.
Where to buy these lenses?
According to rumors, in 2021 we should see the Viltrox 13mm f1.4.