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Lens review

Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF

11 October 2020
Maciej Latałło

7. Coma, astigmatism and bokeh

The Fujinon XF 23 mm f/1.4 R didn't exactly distinguish itself when it comes to coma correction and, unfortunately, the Viltrox followed its steps. The aberration is very pronounced, visible even on stopping down the aperture by 1 EV. It certainly affects image quality on the edge of the frame in a negative way and, because of its high level, the application of this fast lens in astrophotography might be problematic.

X-T2, f/1.4, Center X-T2, f/1.4, Corner
Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
X-T2, f/2.0, Center X-T2, f/2.0, Corner
Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh


Astigmatism, understood as an average difference between horizontal and vertical MTF50 function values, amounted to 6.9%. It's a value a tad lower than 10% we registered during the test of the Fujinon 1.4/23.


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Defocused circles of light look very well – as a result you get very nice and smooth out-of-focus areas with just a slight rim that appears when you stop down the lens a bit more. Our reservations concern mainly the fact that circles are truncated because of mechanical vignetting. That effect is visible even when you pass to the vicinity of f/2.8 relative aperture.

X-T2, f/1.4, Center X-T2, f/1.4, Corner
Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
X-T2, f/2.0, Center X-T2, f/2.0, Corner
Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh
X-T2, f/2.8, Center X-T2, f/2.8, Corner
Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh Viltrox AF 23 mm f/1.4 XF - Coma, astigmatism and bokeh