Viltrox 50mm f/1.8 Z (Nikon version) lens review with samples
Well now, thats all changed with the new filtrox 50 millimeter af, f, 1.8. Zed its been available just for sonys, mirrorless e, mount cameras, full frame or aps c for a few months now, but now its made its way over to nikon zed mount, and i was curious to see how well the z mount version performs its more expensive than Usual for a 50 millimeter, f, 1.8 lens costing 380 us dollars and id like to thank phil trucks for sending me a sample copy of the lens for testing, although, as usual, this is a totally independent review. A bright, aperture, 50 millimeter lens can get beautiful pictures with a nice little emphasis on your subject and at f 1.8. You can get some lovely autofocus backgrounds here, particularly on a full frame camera. They let a lot of light for video making and fast shutter speeds too. This new lens in question has completely typical build quality for aviltrox lens. The lens barrel is solid and mechanic feeling pretty tough with a nice brushed finish to it. The lens mount is also made of metal, as you can see, and although theres no weather ceiling gasket here there is a usbc port for future. Firmware updates and filtrogs have a good reputation for keeping their lenses updated. Next, there comes a metallic aperture ring which turns around without clicks, except to get into auto mode. It turns quite stiffly actually with more resistance than the sony e mount version.
At least that will help you to stop accidentally changing the aperture id prefer a mechanism with clicks myself. Although the smooth aperture change looks very nice when shooting video, which is important for some users, the autofocus motor works silently and accurately, but at only an average speed. Another good point for video makers is that the lens doesnt really display much focus breathing, as you can see here, although you do see quite a lot of warping in the corners of the image which can be distracting. Ive noticed this before on some other viltrox lenses. The lenss filter size is a fairly small, 55 millimeters and it comes with a decently sized plastic hood. The hood can be reverse mounted. The lens does not have image stabilization overall in terms of build quality, its a very nice little package, which feels tough and lovely to handle, but its autofocus really could be a bit quicker. All right lets take a look at image: quality ill start by testing it on a full frame camera. My nikon z7, with its 45 megapixel sensor in camera, corrections are turned on in the middle of the image we see fairly good sharpness contrast is also good over in the corners. The good news is that we see pretty nice sharpness there too, unless you look right in the very edges and contrast is fairly good, too stop down to f, 2.8 and theres a slight improvement in the image corners, f4 and f5.
6. Look even better the lens stays. This sharp down to f11 overall, the lens isnt spectacularly sharp, but it is decently so and its pretty good. Actually, especially when you stop it down and its better than most cheap 50 millimeter. F, 1.8 lenses out there, although its contrast, is nothing to write home about alright lets turn off those in camera corrections and take a look at vignetting and distortion. The lens, as you can see, projects a moderate pin, cushion distortion and the corners are quite dark. At f 1.8 as youd expect to see at f 2.8 and f 4. They brighten up quite a lot, though so its an average performance here, a bit more distortion than id like to see. Really. The lens can focus down to only 55 centimeters, which is a bit further away than usual, making it difficult to shoot smaller subjects at f, 1.8. Close up image quality remains pretty sharp, although contrast is low, stop down to f 2.8 and that contrast returns. Lets. Take a look now at how the lens works against bright light theres an average amount of flaring here and contrast takes a little bit of a hit theres. Also, an annoying flash of glaring when bright lights are right on the edge of your image. Next lets take a look at bokeh. Cheap 50mm lenses tend to have rather edgy looking out focus backgrounds. However, this filtrox lens does very well, and your autofocus areas will always look nice and smooth here, albeit with a strong cats eye, shape to block a balls in the image corners.
I also noticed an unusual freckling pattern within bright points of out of focus lights and finally, related tobacco comes longitudinal, chromatic, aberration at f, 1.8 theres, only a little colorful highlighting to be seen before and after the plane of focus here at f 2.8. Its essentially gone. Okay, then well overall, the viltrx 50 millimeter, f. 1.8 is a little better than your standard. Cheapass 50mm f, 1.8 lens compared to nikons own 50, millimeter f, 1.8. Its a bit cheaper. Its build quality is a bit nicer, but the picture quality of the official nikon lens is noticeably better. So if having great build quality or saving money are your priorities, then this filtrox lens is a good enough option to me, no matter what the competition it is. Good enough for me to generally recommend, thanks for watching everyone isnt it great to see some third party lens options on nikons mirrorless cameras. If you find these reviews helpful, then check out my patreon page in the description below there. Youll find all kinds of exclusive content for supporters of this channel ciao.