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Is the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 the Best Value 85mm for the RF Mount?

As the number of lenses available for Canon's RF mount grows, photographers are faced with options and decisions for most focal lengths they would like to buy. Is this Viltrox prime one of the best value 85mm lenses for RF?

There are lots of staple focal lengths in photography. With zooms, it's typically 24-70mm and 70-200mm, and with primes, it's 35mm, 50mm, and 85mm. There are of course numerous options outside of these and my favorite lenses are mostly other focal length primes, but there is one on this list I adore on full frame cameras: the 85mm.

While the 50mm is the king of cheap and cheerful, 85mm lenses are a great next step. They cost a little more, but if you're interested in portraiture, for example, they give you more subject separation and compression. There are now more options than every with 85mm lenses and for the Canon RF mount, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8. Unlike many of the newer lens manufacturers' offerings, this prime has autofocus, and for $399, could be one of the best value lenses for the mount.

Have you tried this lens or any others in the Viltrox range? How did you find the experience?

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I don't know about the RF Mount, but I had this lens on my Sony a6300. I also have this for my current Fujifilm X-T3. It is a tremendous value. Especially for portraiture and distant landscapes. It's almost criminal how underrated this lens is. Viltrox has made some stellar lenses, yet still flies under the radar.

in the "GOOD OLD DAYS", a 90mm Leica was usually 2.8; an 85 2.8 would be a lot lighter and small enough to be inobtrusive.

given the supposed "5-stop" benefit of virtually all full-frame cameras' ibis, and the true-to-life capacity of their newer sensors at ISOs of 1000-20000, we should be gaining some benefit from technology, not letting it weigh us down

It's not the yonguno 85 1.8 is

the color is not appealing to me..