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The Viltrox AF 23mm f/1.4 is a wide-angle lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2019. The focus is done by Stepper Motor, it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 356 €;
10 users have given it an average vote of 9.4 out of 10.
This lens is available with the following mounts:
Canon EOS M: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Canon EOS M.
Nikon Z: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Nikon Z.
Sony E: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Sony.
Fujifilm X-mount: this lens is compatible with mirrorless APS-C Fuji.
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The following opinions have been automatically translated with Google Translate.
Opinion:Having purchased the 56 1.4 from the same brand, and finding myself really satisfied, or wanted to try the 23mm as well, and I am really happy with my choice, fast in focusing, a beautiful construction, very quiet, compared to the original model, excellent hood, then I was also lucky as a gift I also found a neutral filter, which I immediately installed and also a soft case retailer excellent
Pros:embarrassing quality/price ratio (positively) for what it offers
Cons:how to find cons to a lens that costs around € 350?
Opinion:I say it and I repeat it ... this Viltrox 23mm 1.4 is superior to the much emblazoned and praised XF23mm 1.4 (old). Point. I speak as a Viltrox owner, I used the Fuji 23mm 1.4 for about a week but it took me a few hours to hate it when compared to the Viltrox ... we leave out the build quality, we leave out the "magic" of Fuji... the Viltrox is much sharper already at 1.4 both in the center and at the edges than the Fuji... the only drawback that I can find them is a dominant bluer than the warmer tones of Fuji but in 10 seconds with pp I solve ... I was baffled by the Fuji I wanted to have in my optical park, but this Viltrox does not make me regret it even a little.
Pros:Sharpness, colors, aperture, construction, AF
Cons:Weight, TA vignetting, AF in dynamic situation with face and eye tracking at TA
Opinion:Used for 1 year on Fuji XT30. I am very satisfied. I use it mainly in manual focus or with back button for sufficiently static AF situations, and in these conditions it gives considerable satisfaction. Like all 23mm he is an excellent "storyteller", with a character all his own. I've never tried Fuji's 23mm 1.4, but I own the 50mm F2. Compared to this it is considerably heavier, on XT30 you can feel it, but you get used to it, and with additional grip (I keep it fixed, as a base for quick hooking to the tripod) it is not a big problem. Colors very different from Fuji, colder and tending to blue blue, but some Fuji lenses are too hot. In PP everything is arranged. Excellent rings, to me the continuous sliding of the opening does not bother. Infinite fire not perfect, actually mine is just before, but if you test it in bright light with Focus peaking is not a problem: I brought home excellent shots of the Milky Way at 1.4. By the way, at 1.4 when used for very close portraits the autofocus of the XT30 does not make it, the plane of focus is too thin, and 8/10 you will find the eye out of focus. For these situations it is necessary to manually adjust, or close from 2.8 upwards... or use the 50 F2 that distorts less and has an atomic autofocus! But the portrait is not the primary use of this 23. For reportage, travel, street, general photography, once the aperture from 5.6 to 9 is fixed, you will take home dozens of very clean, sharp, deep shots. Nothing to do with zoom kits. In addition, at night the 1.4 is a godsend, both for the stars and "on the ground". At this price... highly recommended for me
Pros:colors, opening, bokeh, sharpness already at TA, price
Cons:the Sony version has tracking issues in continuous focus mode at openings of less than 1.8, sometimes the communication between camera and lens is blocked and you have to wait a few seconds for it to restart and you can shoot again, noisy focus
Opinion:I rarely write reviews, but in this case I wanted to honor this all-rounder goal, which I actually returned to the seller after a couple of months of testing, mainly for the mentioned issues of focus tracking in continuous openings of less than 1.8; If the subject exits the third central vertical of the frame, the chase is failed and the subject unhooks. I do not dwell on the other issues mentioned among the cons, annoying, but that do not compromise their amateur use. However, the blurry is sublime and the colors also, of great character, at a really low price compared to optics of the same focal length and comparable opening. Returned the Viltrox, I took a used 24mm 1.8 Sony Zeiss; perfect focus, perfect TA sharpness, nice colors, but to my less exciting eye than Viltrox, more flat, less alive complexion. With the Viltrox I pulled out some interior portraits with normal home lights with really amazing colors, which for the moment I have not been able to achieve with Zeiss. So if the cons mentioned are not a problem, for what it costs you take home a handyman with exceptional optical quality, in my opinion as an amateur.
Cons:Chromatic aberrations, vignetting, continuous autofocus to be improved (see opinion)
Opinion:I wanted to share my experience with the lens in question, as I found feedback on the web for many of the merits and defects verified during use, except for one very important for those who use the Sony A6400 almost always in AFC with flexible spot fire. I find that with this chamber the fastest way to focus is to hook the subject into AFC, recompose and shoot. With this lens Viltrox operation is feasible up to about F 1.8 full screen. At more closed diaphragms, the fire tracing only works in the central vertical band, corresponding to one-third of the entire frame. In the two-thirds side there is a clear problem of focus hunting at the aforementioned openings in AFC. I bought two specimens and they both revealed this nasty surprise. The first one I returned. For the second I am hesitant, because, once I have ascertained that it is not a single defect but a limit of the project, I want to weigh up the merits and defects of the lens before deciding whether or not to keep it. The last firmware of 19/10/20 did not solve the problem. I have contacted Viltrox so that they can work towards an effective solution.
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