Vitrox 24mm f/1.4 Versus Fuji 23mm f/2.0: Does a Wider Aperture Make a Lens the Better Option?

Some of the most popular lenses that Fujifilm has produced, are its f/2.0 primes. They offer great image quality in relatively tiny packages, while maintaining an affordable price point. Recently, a company called Viltrox has been competing in this affordable category and we decided to compare options from both companies. 

In our latest video, we wanted to see how the Fujifilm 23mm f/2.0 lens compares against its less expensive alternative, the Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 lens. For many people, it may seem logical to compare the Viltrox lens to the Fuji 23mm f/1.4 lens; however considering the price points, we thought this would be an interesting comparison instead. 

On the surface, it may seem rather obvious, that the less expensive option with the wider aperture is the better choice; although, there are still certain benefits that the Fuji lens offers. There are several scenarios where the Fujifilm still outperforms the Viltrox lens and these benefits may be enough for some of you to pick the slightly more expensive option. 

Having said that, for many of you, the wider aperture may in fact be enough of a benefit to pick the lesser-known brand. 

Check out the full video linked above to see how each lens compares to one another. 

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9 Comments

stuartcarver's picture

I’m hoping Viltrox bring out a Macro lens for the X mount. The thought of that 80mm is a nice thought, the price is eye watering.

Usman Dawood's picture

That would be brilliant.

stuartcarver's picture

Absolutely, I’m not really feeling the other 3rd party macro lenses so far, making do with tubes but they are limited.

John Pouw's picture

I have had two of the laowa 65mm macro lenses for Fuji X and they are incredible. Better than the Canon 100L macro I had on my EOS R. If you can deal with manual focus it is quite simply an outstanding 3rd party macro lens as well as being built like a tank and light as a feather.

stuartcarver's picture

Yeah I have eyed it up, might give it a try. The Samyang one too looks tempting. Most of my shots are manual focus tbh but I’d like to see the power of the AF on the 80mm.

Felice De Falco's picture

I have both lenses and frankly like the viltrox better. Not only because of the wider aperture but also becauseit renders beautifully and it has the same snappy AF performance if the xf23/2.
Sure it's not weather sealed but I can live with that.

Venson Stein's picture

I can't comment on other Viltrox lenses, but someone loaned me a 85mm and it was superb. At the price of being huge and heavy. I don't do much portraiture, but if I did, I would buy one. A steal for the price.

Javier Gutierrez's picture

While I have not seen the video, (Truth is, I hate watching them, what ever happened to good old fashion written reviews) but I do have the Fuji 23F/1.4, the F2/2.0 and the Viltrox 23 and the Viltrox 33....I will simply say this. The Viltrox lenses are far superior in both auto focus speed and image quality rendering. They are also sharper. Fuji needs to update their 1.4 Lenses and fast

Usman Dawood's picture

I enjoy producing both kinds of content. So on this occasion we produced a video, however written reviews will of course continue too :).