Viltrox AF 85mm f1.8 FE II Lens - Sony E

ViltroxSKU: 6953400300529

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Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II Lens - Sony E

The Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II Lens, designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, is a portrait-length prime lens renowned for its exceptional optical performance and updated, sleek design. With a versatile short-telephoto focal length and a bright f/1.8 aperture, this lens is well-suited for a wide range of photographic applications, from portraits to landscapes, offering superb image quality and precise control over depth of field.


  • Mount: E-Mount
  • Format: Full-Frame
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • Optical Elements: One Extra-Low Dispersion Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Coating: HD Nano Multi-Layer Coating
  • Autofocus Motor: STM Stepping AF Motor
  • Diaphragm Blades: Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
  • Electronic Connectivity: Electronic Contacts & Aperture Selection
  • Firmware Updates: USB Port for Firmware Updates

Optical Performance

Featuring advanced optical elements such as one extra-low dispersion element, one large-diameter aspherical element, and four elements made from highly transparent glass, this lens delivers outstanding image quality with minimal aberrations. The HD Nano multi-layer coating effectively reduces flare and ghosting, ensuring high contrast and clarity, even in challenging lighting conditions.

Autofocus System

Equipped with an STM stepping autofocus motor, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II Lens offers fast, quiet, and precise autofocus performance. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 2.6', making it suitable for capturing close-up subjects with ease.

Design and Build

The Mark II version of this lens features a sleeker and lighter-weight design, enhancing its versatility and portability. It is compatible with full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras and can also be used with APS-C models, providing a 127.5mm equivalent focal length. The lens incorporates electronic contacts for transmitting Exif data and enabling camera-based aperture selection. Additionally, an integrated USB port allows for convenient firmware updates.

Bokeh Quality

With a rounded nine-blade diaphragm, this lens produces a pleasing bokeh quality, rendering out-of-focus areas smoothly and beautifully.

Included Accessories

The lens comes with an included lens hood, which shades the front element from stray light and provides additional physical protection.

Focal Length 85mm
Maximum Aperture f/1.8
Minimum Aperture f/16
Lens Mount Sony E
Lens Format Coverage Full-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance 2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification 0.13x
Macro Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Optical Design 10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization No
Filter Size 72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L) 3.15 x 3.62" / 80 x 92 mm
Weight 1.06 lb / 484 g

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Understanding: Aperture

Aperture is the opening in a camera lens that controls how much light enters the camera. It's measured in f-stops like f/2.8 or f/8. Lower f-stop numbers mean wider openings, letting in more light and creating a shallow depth of field (blurry background). Higher f-stop numbers mean smaller openings, letting in less light and creating a larger depth of field (more of the scene in focus). Aperture also affects the quality of out-of-focus areas in the image (bokeh).

Understanding: Lens Types

Different lenses have different purposes to achieve different styles of images, some popular ones include:
Prime Lens: Fixed focal length, sharp images, great for portraits and dark settings.
Zoom Lens: Variable focal length, versatile for different shots and everyday use..
Wide-Angle Lens: Captures wide scenes like landscapes.
Telephoto Lens: Magnifies distant subjects, ideal for sports & wildlife.
Macro Lens: Perfect for close-up photography of small subjects.
Fisheye Lens: Ultra-wide perspective, creates unique images.

Understanding: Lens Mounts

Different camera brands use different lens mounts, which are like connectors that attach lenses to camera bodies. Each mount is specific to a particular brand and camera series. For example, Canon uses the EF and RF mounts, Nikon uses the F mount, Sony uses the E mount for its mirrorless cameras. These mounts dictate which lenses are compatible with which cameras. Some brands offer adapters to use lenses from other systems, but it's essential to ensure compatibility for proper functionality and autofocus performance.

Understanding: Manual and Autofocus

Manual focus and autofocus are two ways to adjust the sharpness of a camera lens. With manual focus, you turn a ring on the lens to bring the subject into focus yourself, giving you full control over what appears sharp in the image. Autofocus, on the other hand, relies on the camera's built-in technology to automatically adjust the focus for you, usually by detecting contrast or phase differences in the scene. Autofocus can be convenient, especially for fast-moving subjects or when you need to capture a quick shot, whereas manual focus allows for precise adjustments and creative control over the final image.

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