A good 50mm lens is one of the most versatile you can own, able to tackle everything from portraits to low-light events coverage and more. The Viltrox AF 50mm f/1.8 offers an upgrade over the cheapest nifty fifty lenses without touching the prices of top-shelf options, making it an intriguing option. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.
Coming to you from Micael Widell, this excellent video review looks at the Viltrox AF 50mm f/1.8 lens. Viltrox has gained a fair amount of popularity in recent years by offering affordable lenses that still offer good image quality, and it seems like they have hit a sweet spot with this option, which offers impressive sharpness even wide open, which alone could make it a worthwhile upgrade over the standard sub-$100 nifty fifty and could leave a lot more room for the photographer to grow with the lens. And at $379, it does not hit the wallet quite as hard as top 50mm lenses, which often can exceed $1,000. And while those often offer an f/1.4 or f/1.2 maximum aperture, it is worth remembering that the difference between f/1.8 and f/1.4 is less than a stop, and with today’s high-ISO performance, you probably won’t miss it much. Check out the video above for Widell’s full thoughts on the lens.