Viltrox 40mm f/2.5 Review: A Budget Prime Lens for Nikon Z Mount

For Nikon Z mount users seeking an affordable prime lens, the Viltrox 40mm f/2.5 is an intriguing option. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice. 

Coming to you from Milky Way Mike, this excellent video review explores the Viltrox 40mm f/2.5 lens, diving into its features, performance, and value proposition. Ver Sprill provides a balanced perspective, highlighting both the strengths and limitations of this budget-friendly prime lens.

Ver Sprill examines the lens' build quality, noting its compact and lightweight design with a mostly plastic construction and a metal lens mount. He also discusses its optical performance, including sharpness, bokeh, and its ability to handle lens flare and ghosting. While the 40mm f/2.5 delivers commendable sharpness and pleasing bokeh, Ver Sprill observes some vignetting and barrel distortion, particularly at wider apertures. He also notes the presence of lens fringing, though that can be corrected in post-processing. 

One of the key considerations raised by Ver Sprill is the competitive landscape. He compares the 40mm f/2.5 to the Nikon NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, acknowledging the Nikon's slight edge in sharpness and its more compact size. However, the Viltrox comes at a significantly lower price point, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious photographers. 

Ultimately, the Viltrox 40mm f/2.5 is a compelling choice for photographers seeking an affordable and versatile prime lens. Its compact size, pleasing image quality, and attractive price make it suitable for various applications, from everyday snapshots to portraits and events. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Ver Sprill.

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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