LensTip.com

Lens review

Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF

11 October 2020
Maciej Latałło

11. Summary



Please Support Us

The coronavirus crisis has been adversely affecting many businesses and, sad but true, ours is not an exception. Despite that difficult situation we would like to preserve continuity and high quality of publications available on all our websites. Still, we are now aware it might be impossible without additional financial help. That's why we would like to ask all those who visit, read, and care about Optyczne.pl, LensTip.com i Allbinos.com for support - it's enough you send us a small sum of money via PayPal. If a lot people decide to support our websites we think we'll stand a chance and survive next months without any lasting harm. We count on your support and understanding, stay safe and be healthy.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - advertisement - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Pros:

  • stylish and solid casing,
  • excellent image quality in frame centre,
  • low lateral chromatic aberration,
  • lack of serious problems with spherical aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • sensible correction of astigmatism,
  • nice appearance of out-of-focus areas,
  • silent and very quick autofocus,
  • good price/performance ratio.

Cons:

  • image quality on the edge of the frame could have been better,
  • a bit too pronounced longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • too high coma level,
  • autofocus could have been more accurate.
If a new company on the market shows a lens similar, and in some aspects even better, than the brand name product with the same parameters, and it sells for $329, half of the price you have to pay for the Fujinon, our summary can be only positive.

Of course the Vlitrox is not without flaws. By f/1.4 images are sensibly good only in a small part of the middle of the field and on the edge of the field you can forget about very good image quality because the lens never reaches such results. Additionally, it doesn't correct coma and longitudinal chromatic aberration well. Still the Fujinon fared equally weak in these categories and it wasn't able to reach results close to record levels on stopping down, a trick the cheaper Viltrox managed to perform without a problem.

Overall, if you buy the tested Viltrox you'll get a very nice optical instrument that will charm you with good quality photos without draining your pocket. The more such lenses the better.