Fstoppers Reviews the Viltrox 23mm f/1.4 APS-C (Don’t Buy the Fuji Equivalent)

Viltrox comes with a pedigree for manufacturing good quality lenses at a low price point, so the entry of the 23 mm f/1.4 in Fuji X-mount and Sony E-mount is highly anticipated, not least because it is nearly $600 cheaper than the Fuji equivalent. Is it worthy of the hype and does that make it the perfect travel prime?The Viltrox AF 23mm f/1.4 XF comes with a headline grabbing price of $329 — when the Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 R retails at $899 can this lens offer anywhere near similar image quality? Is it worth adding to your photography bag or, indeed, replacing the Fuji option entirely? Read on to find out in this exclusive Fstoppers review.DesignViltrox have been making optical accessories since 2009, selling lenses, video monitors, and LEDs amongst others. Besides manufacturing in low cost countries, one clear way to reduce price is to manufacture lenses that can use simple optical designs and sell in large volumes. Designing specifically for the APS-C market — the bread and butter of ILC sales at the moment — plays to this strategy and Viltrox take a tandem approach of manufacturing for both the Sony E-mount and Fuji X-mount. In this vein, it will be interesting to see if a Nikon Z-mount is produced now that the Z50 is available. Primes are simpler to design and manufacture, with the 35mm equivalent an obvious design to produce, meaning that it is a native 23mm in APS-C. In terms of specifications, the Viltrox is an 11 element design in 10 groups, which includes two ED and two HRI elements. It has a 9 blade aperture, weighs 260g, and takes a standard 52mm filter. As it is a fly-by-wire design, it comes with a micro-USB port which allows firmware upgrades. All in all, this is a nice looking lens which offers f/1.4 but other than there there is nothing extraordinary about it — except for the price that is. So how does it perform?

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