Can This Affordable 85mm Lens Keep Up With Professional Photographers’ Demands?

A wide-aperture 85mm lens is always a popular choice for portrait photography, but such lenses can often run well north of $2,000. However, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 lens promises a classic optic at a much more affordable price, and this excellent video review takes a look at if it can provide the sort of performance and image quality professionals still demand. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this great video review takes a look at the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 lens. At $399, the AF 85mm f/1.8 is highly affordable, particularly compared to many other 85mm options, but it still comes with a variety of useful features, including:

  • One extra-low dispersion element and four elements manufactured from highly transparent glass for reduced aberrations and better color accuracy
  • One large-diameter aspherical element for reduced distortion and increased sharpness
  • HD Nano Multi-Layer Coating for reduced flares and ghosting and increased contrast
  • USB port for upgrading firmware
  • Rounded nine-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh

Altogether, it looks like as long as you do not need lightning-fast autofocus, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 is quite a decent performer at a great price. Check out the video above for Frost’s full thoughts on the lens.


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