VILTROX XF 23mm F1.4 for APS-C FUJI X Mount $329 at the Viltrox store
What do we think of the recently released Viltrox 23mm F1.4 XF lens for the Fuji X mount. In short if you are on a budget then we highly recommend it - a must have lens - the 23mm equates to 35mm in Full Frame terms and is a very versatile focal length. Fuji has two lenses with this focal range a F1.4 lens and a F2.0mm lens. The Fuji 23mm F1.4 is an older lens and double the cost of the Viltrox and in our review the Viltrox as overall optically better and has faster auto focus. The newer Fuji 23mm F2.0 is newer and has faster focus then that of the older Fuji 23mm F1.4 but similar focus speed as that of the Viltrox 23mm F1.4. For the price $329 for the Fuji X system it is the best value lens of the 3 lenses. We find the Fuji 23mm F2.0 not as sharp although it matches the focus speed but the wider aperture of 1.4 vs F2.0 both provides better low light ability and more Bokeh. The Bokeh quality on the Viltrox 23mm F1.4 is quite pleasing and really fantastic for a $329 lens. What we would like to see Viltrox do for their next generation of this and other lenses is have closer focus ability as well as tighter Aperture ring - many complained about the aperture rings on the Fuji X 35mm F1.4 and the 56mm F1.2 lens as being to soft and therefore users often changed the aperture without realizing it. The lens is focus by wire so in video mode the aperture changes are visible - so better just to have a more firm ring where users are not accidentally chasing aperture.
In video mode the lens is very quiet and focus speed keeps up. Weight and Size work really well with the Fuji bodies. This lens is also available for Sony E APS-C mount and goes for $299 - so owners of the Sony A6000/6400/6600 and other APS-C E mount models.
As we said before for the money you cannot go wrong -
Nice size and weight
Nice optical quality
Wish it had a bit better close focusing
Soft aperture ring