The Affordable Bokeh Monster That's Impressing Photographers

There are more lens manufacturers than ever before which means, for the most part, prices and quality are improving. This little prime lens is a great example of that.

I mean no disrespect to Viltrox when I say they are part of a wave of newcomers in the industry that offer affordable but quick glass. There has been somewhat of an influx of these sort of manufacturers and, as far as I can tell, there's little downside for consumers and prosumers. Viltrox are spread a little thinner than I like with what they produce, making everything from lenses and lights to camera cages and monitors. However, their latest APS-C prime lens, the Viltrox AF 56mm f/1.4 for Fujifilm X mount and Sony E mount is turning heads, and it's easy to see why.

Fast prime lenses — and a f/1.4 certainly qualifies — are desirable at almost all focal lengths, but particularly 56mm on a crop sensor, which works out at around 85mm. 85mm primes are tremendously popular for portraits and certainly one of my favorite focal lengths, but add into that a widest aperture of f/1.4, and I'm sold. The trade-off for these sort of new, fast primes is that they keep the price down, but it won't have autofocus. Well, Viltrox has kept the price at $329 for Fujifilm and $299 for Sony, but it does have autofocus. The performance of said autofocus isn't staggeringly impressive, but with that widest aperture and price, you really don't have the right to complain!

The example images and videos I have seen from reviewers has been overwhelmingly positive, with the results looking superb. I hope to try one of these in the coming weeks.

Do you own a Viltrox lens? What are your thoughts?

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Unsubscribe Me's picture

85/2 full frame equivalent is a “monster”?

iran ramirez's picture

I think they’re talking about the quality and not the quantity

Aaron Wigfall's picture

I own the Viltrox 85mm 1.8 and the Viltrox 56mm 1.4. For portraits. they're both superb lenses. The 85 mm gives really nice separation between subject and background. I highly recommend either one especially for portrait photography. And an added bonus is they are very sharp in the center. Perfect for portraiture.

r >k's picture

Bokeh monster? Well how about the Nikon 105mm 1.4E or 200mm f/2? :)

J. W.'s picture

I'm not sure many people are using APS-C sensor cameras that would consider these as affordable.

Cain Gray's picture

Right... $2,000 lens vs $300 lens. Not an exact comparison here.

r >k's picture

But why then Bokeh monster? While a Toyota Prius is a good and affordable car you would not call it affordable super sport car, right?