Evolving Review – The Viltrox 33mm f1.4 STM for Fujifilm

This is the new 33mm f1.4 from Viltrox available for Fuji X-mount with all working AF and an aperture ring. I was vey pleased with their 85mm f1.8 and so far Im equals pleased with this one.

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Tracking galloping horses was no match for the autofocus.

Viltrox 33mm f1.4 for Fuji Review – First impressions

The very first day I immediately threw it in the deep end with some equestrian sports shooting. The light was super bright so it wasn’t that much of a challenge. But with that said, the autofocus was excellent. Way better than the Fuji 35mm f1.4 in my experience. The tracking AF didn’t miss one single shot when bursting away using the Fuji X-H1.

Viltrox 33mm f1.4 – Review Samples

These images are uploaded at 2mb, full resolution test shots can be found further down. More interesting images will be in the videos and on my Instagram.

Viltrox 33mm f1.4 Close Focus
The close focus isn’t great.
Viltrox 33mm f1.4 Bokeh
Bokeh looks nice and fringing is not over powering.
Viltrox 33mm f1.4 Sharpness
Sharp enough

Viltrox 33mm f1.4 – Full Resolution Samples

These are full resolution test shots for you to pixel peep (click on them to access the file).

Summer night captured with the Viltrox 33mm f1.4 Fuji lens.
Flares isat always a bad thing.
Bokehlicious
Bokeh
Viltrox 33mm Review Full Resolution Sample
This was shot at f2.8 ISO200 on the Fuji X-H1
Viltrox 33mm Review Full Resolution Sample
This was shot at f1.4 ISO 200 on the Fuji X-H1

Viltrox 33mm f1.4 vs Fujinon XF 35mm f1.4

This was captured outside the store with the 33mm @ f5.6.

Eggeborns in Västerås was kind I enough to let me do a quick and dirty lens comparison in their store using a XF 35mm f1.4. I didn’t need to pixel-peep long to see the difference. The Viltrox is sharper wide open and on semi fast apertures. Purple fringing is pretty equal, bokeh is close enough and the AF speed was similar but the Viltrox felt snappier and is quieter.
(Click the samples bellow to view full resolution.)

  • At f1.4 the Viltrox is sharper across the entire frame. No peeping needed to see it.
  • At f2.8 the Viltrox is sharper at the edges but otherwise they are pretty equal.
  • At f5.6 The Fuji is slightly sharper in the corners.
Viltrox 33mm @ f1.4
Fujinon 35mm @ f1.4
Bokeh on the 33mm @ f1.4
Bokeh on the 35mm @ f1.4

Thats it for now, more videos and samples will be posted after she more usage of the lens.
/Mattias