Viltrox has officially announced a new 85mm F1.8 autofocus lens for full-frame Sony E-mount cameras. Featuring an aperture range of f/1.8 to f/16, the lens is designed for Sony full-frame (FE) cameras but will also work with Sony’s APS-C E-mount cameras like the new Sony a6400.
The lens is constructed of ten elements in seven groups, including one extra-low dispersion element and four specialty elements made from ‘highly transparent glass,’ which Viltrox says reduces aberrations and improves color rendering. Viltrox also uses an ‘HD Nano’ multi-layer coating on individual elements to minimize ghosting and flares.
A stepping motor (STM) drives the autofocus motor and the lens features a minimum focusing distance of 80cm (2.62ft). The front filter thread size is 72mm and the electronic contacts allow you to control the aperture in camera and also receive EXIF data.
Viltrox has not yet provided the dimensions of the lens, but it weighs 636g (1.4lbs). There is also an integrated microUSB port located on the rear metal mount of the lens used to upgrade the lens’ firmware.
You can pre-order the Viltrox 85mm F1.8 STM Lens for Sony E-mount from B&H photo for $379. The expected shipping date is May 6, 2019.
Dustin Abbott has already had is hands on the Viltrox 85mm F1.8 and published his first impressions along with lots of lovely sample photos.
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