Viltrox AF 50mm f/1.8 FE lens review with samples (Full-frame & APS-C)
A 50 millimeter option now, thats all changed with the new filtrox 50 millimeter af, f, 1.8. F e. Its currently just for sonys mirrorless e mount cameras, full frame or aps c, although id be surprised if it doesnt make its way onto other systems too, eventually 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 lenses, blah blah blah. You all know what they can do by now. Im sure you dont need me to explain a 50 millimeter lens. They get beautiful pictures with a nice little emphasis on your subject and at f 1.8. You can enjoy some lovely autofocus backgrounds here, particularly if youre shooting on a full frame camera. This new lens in question has completely typical build quality for a viltrox lens. The lens barrel is solid and metallic 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 field trucks 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 with just enough resistance to stop you accidentally.
Changing 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 a rather slow speed, something video makers tend to be concerned about is focus breathing. This lens doesnt display too much of it. As you can see here, but you do see a fair bit of warping in the corners of the image as you change focus, which can be distracting. Ive noticed this before on viltroxs 35 millimeter lens, the lenss filter size is a fairly small, 55 millimeter and it comes with a decently sized plastic hood and that hood can be reverse mounted. The lens does not have image stabilization overall in terms of build quality. Its a nice package, which feels tough and lovely to handle, although its autofocus really could be a little bit quicker. All right, lets, take a look at image. Quality now ill start by testing it on a full frame camera. My sony, a7r iii, with its 42 megapixel sensor in camera, corrections, are turned on in the middle of the image. We see fairly good sharpness and contrast. Although a little purple fringing can be seen here too over in the corners, we see reasonable sharpness, although theres some noticeable ghosting on contrasting edges, stop down to f 2.8 and theres, just a slight improvement in the image corners. However, image quality back in the middle is now excellent.
Stop down to f4 for perfection in the middle of the images over in the corners contrast has improved and they look really sharp now stop down to f516 or f 8 for further slight improvements and sharpness. The lens stays this sharp down to about f 16, where softness emerges due to the effect of diffraction. Overall, the lens is decently sharp, just a little bit better than most cheap 50 millimeter lenses out there. All right lets look at how it works. On an aps c camera now my little sony a5100, with its challenging 24 megapixel sensor at f, 1.8 sharpness and contrast are still good in the middle of the image. Although that purple fringing is more noticeable, the corners again look softer, but theyre not too disastrous. Here more ghostly than anything else at f 2.8, the corner image quality just sees a little extra contrast here, although back in the middle picture, quality has quickly become excellent. F4 looks perfect in the middle and image quality in the corners sees a nice boost. Now, looking excellent, the lens tastes, this sharp down to about f11, where the effects of diffraction are just beginning to affect your images again. Overall, the lens is a little sharper on an aps c camera, but watch out for that purple fringing at f, 1.8 right lets. Turn off in camera corrections and take a look at the lenses native 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 only to 55 centimeters. That 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 at how the lens works against bright lights. Now its a fairly good performance flaring is low and contrast remains good, although there is an annoying flash of glaring when lights are right on the edge of your image and while were working in the dark lets. Look at this lenss coma smearing at f 1.8. Its lower than usual for an inexpensive 50 millimeter lens, although some colorful fringing, can be seen, stop down to f 2.8 and it goes away, lets zoom out and take a look for sun stars. Well forget about them! Even if you stop down to f 16 sun stars, dont really happen with this lens. Next lets take a look at bokker, cheap 50 millimeter lenses tend to have rather edgy looking autofocus backgrounds. However, this filtrox lens does very well, and your outer focus areas will always look nice and smooth, albeit with a cats eye shape to blockables in the image corners at the brightest apertures and finally, related tobacco comes longitudinal, chromatic aberration at f 1.
8 theres, some colorful, highlighting To be seen before and after the plane of focus here, f, 2.8 and f4 look progressively better. Okay, then, overall, compared to a standard, cheapass 50 millimeter, f, 1.8 lens. The viltrox is a slightly mixed bag, although it does have some clear advantages, its just a little bit sharper than usual, and it has very nice metallic build quality. Its bokeh is smoother than usual and it doesnt flare as much as cheaper 50 millimeter lenses, and it has a bit less coma as well. But i was a little annoyed by its slightly slow autofocus. Its pin cushion distortion and its long minimum focus distance, which is a particular no no for me. Overall, the lens is a little better than the usual crowd of cheap 50. Millimeter, f, 1.8 optics out there its up to you whether the sum of those advantages make it worth the extra money you have to pay, but it is good enough for me to generally recommend thanks for watching everyone. I do hope you find these reviews helpful. I enjoy putting them together, although theyre quite a lot of work. If youd like to support this channel, to keep these reviews trucking on then take a look at my patreon page theres, a link in the description below and supporters over.