DA: Viltrox 13mm f/1.4 Review – Viltrox’s Best Lens Yet

Viltrox 13mm f/1.4: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Viltrox has released some great lenses for X-Mount, and the Viltrox 13mm f/1.4 continues that trend. Below is a summary of Dustin Abbott’s review.

  • About 20mm f/1.4 full frame equivalent lens
  • One of the best lenses from Viltrox
  • They are doing better in areas that he criticized before
  • Very similar to other Viltrox lenses, but a little on the larger size
  • 74mm diameter and 90mm long
  • 420g, so not the lightest lens
  • Similar to the 85mm f/1.8 in that it feels full frame sized
  • 87mm front filter thread
  • Very nice metal lens hood
  • Feels like a premium lens, but it is missing weather sealing
  • Very nice focus and aperture ring
  • No AF/MF switch
  • USB-C connection in the mount to do firmware updates
  • 9 rounded aperture blades that give nice circular bokeh, but you won’t get bokeh often
  • 22cm close focus distance and 0.10x magnification
  • Feels more premium than many Fuji lenses
  • Sophisticated stepping focus motor
  • Very good confident focus pulls
  • Focus breathing is low
  • Tracks faces well
  • Low amount of distortion, so there isn’t much to correct beyond a little vignetting, which is removed with a +54
  • Great for interior since lines stay nice and straight
  • Not bad chromatic aberrations and a step up over previous Viltrox lenses
  • Very well-controlled lens for LoCA
  • Crisp results in the center of the lens and the mid-frame, which declines towards the edges wide open
  • The edges get a bit better at f/1.8 and even better at f/2, and contrast improves, but by f/2.8 the corners are pretty reasonable, with the center being crisp
  • The Fujifilm XF16mm and Viltrox 12mm compare well, with Fujifilm being better in some respects and Viltrox in others, but the Fujifilm gets better stopping down
  • If you look at an image globally at f/1.4 and f/5.6, the image looks pretty similar.
  • Very low amount of magnification due to unimpressive close focus distance
  • Viltrox colors aren’t as good as Fujifilm colors, in Dustin’s opinion
  • Not very flare resistant, but you can get a nice sunburst effect
  • Off the edge of the lens, there is some chroma
  • Very strong performer at its price point
  • The images look very good from this lens, but there are some issues for pixel peepers, but you really can’t complain for the price

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