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Viltrox 23mm F1.4 APS-C Lens

MSRP 279 USDExt score 65%

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Product Overview

Viltrox 23mm F1.4 is a compact and affordable APS-C prime lens for X-mount, E-mount, and EF-M-mount systems. With a 35mm full-frame-equivalent focal length, this lens is suitable for street photography, environmental portraits, and general photography, making it a versatile option for APS-C shooters.
Despite the low price point at which this 23mm F1.4 lens is slated, it features autofocus powered by an STM screw-type motor. Moreover, this Viltrox lens even comes with an aperture ring: the photographer can adjust the aperture manually at any time, or s/he can leave it in "A" so that the camera does the job.
Another notable feature is the built-in Micro-USB port that allows the owner to update its firmware directly.
Two other Viltrox lenses that share the same dimensions, design, and feature set are the 33mm F1.4 and the 56mm F1.4.
This lens is suspiciously similar to Tokina's atx-m 23mm F1.4, which has essentially the same physical dimensions and optical design.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent sharpness in the centre
  • Fast aperture
  • Fast autofocus
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • High chromatic aberrations
  • Clickless aperture ring is not working on the fly

What external reviewers found***

Ext 65% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Fast and efficient
  • Excellent sharpness in the centre combined with fast aperture
  • Clickless aperture ring for video
Cons
  • Not very sharp at large aperture
  • Heavy Chromatic aberrations
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Price Comparison (incl. referral links)*

Specifications

X-MountE-MountEF-M-Mount

Connectivity

PortsMicro-USB

Construction

Aperture Blades9
ColorsBlack or SilverBlackSilver
Image SizeAPS-C
Lens MountE-mount, X-mount, EF-M-mount
MotorSTM motor
Optical Formula | Elements11 elements
Optical Formula | Groups10 groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter52 mm
Size | Diameter65 mm
Size | Length72 mm
Weight260 g

Function

Angle Of View63.4°
ApertureF/1.4 - f/16
Focal Length23 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)35 mm

Performance

Max Magnification0.1x
Min Focus Distance0.3 m

Production

Debut2020

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 65%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
The Viltrox 23mm F1.4 (285 euros) is a very good AF lens for Sony APSC cameras. 23mm is the equivalent of a 35mm lens on full frame, this is a common focal length for street photography or half body portrait. The main selling arguments of this lens are its excellent sharpness in the centre combined with fast aperture which give you a nice blurry background for portrait.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sharpness in the centre combined with fast aperture
  • Fast and efficient
  • Clickless aperture ring for video
Cons
  • Heavy Chromatic aberrations
  • Not very sharp at large aperture

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Viltrox 23mm F1.4. [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2020/08/30/viltrox-23mm-f1-4/. 2020-08-30. Retrieved 2021-07-16.

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