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

BH #VIAF8518IIFE • MFR #AF 85/1.8 II FE (E-MOUNT)
Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II Lens for Sony E
Key Features
  • E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • One Aspherical Element
Distinguished by its updated sleeker and lighter weight design, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II is the second-generation of this portrait-length prime designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens's short-telephoto focal length pairs with the bright f/1.8 design to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions and also for controlling depth of field and isolating subject matter. The optical design comprises one extra-low dispersion element, one aspherical element, and four elements made from highly transparent glass, which all help to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to realize high clarity and sharpness. An HD Nano multi-layer coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, the lens features an STM motor for quick, quiet autofocus performance along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6' for working with close-up subjects.
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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Overview

Distinguished by its updated sleeker and lighter weight design, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II is the second-generation of this portrait-length prime designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras. The lens's short-telephoto focal length pairs with the bright f/1.8 design to suit working in a variety of lighting conditions and also for controlling depth of field and isolating subject matter. The optical design comprises one extra-low dispersion element, one aspherical element, and four elements made from highly transparent glass, which all help to reduce chromatic and spherical aberrations in order to realize high clarity and sharpness. An HD Nano multi-layer coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting for improved contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. Additionally, the lens features an STM motor for quick, quiet autofocus performance along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6' for working with close-up subjects.

Mark II of this lens sports a more svelte and lighter weight design for greater versatility and portability.
Portrait-length prime is designed for full-frame Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 127.5mm equivalent focal length.
Bright f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers a wealth of control over focus position when using shallow depth of field techniques.
One extra-low dispersion element and four elements made from highly transparent glass contribute to reducing a variety of aberrations in order to produce well-corrected imagery with accurate color and no color fringing.
One large-diameter aspherical element minimizes distortion and spherical aberrations in order to produce high sharpness and accurate rendering.
HD Nano multi-layer coating has been applied to individual elements to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast. Also, this coating is water-resistant to help protect the exposed surfaces from moisture.
STM autofocus motor delivers quiet and precise focusing performance along with a minimum focusing distance of 2.6'.
Electronic contacts convey Exif data as well as permit camera-based aperture selection. Additionally, an integrated USB port permits updating the lens's firmware.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
Included lens hood shades the front element from flare-causing stray light and also offers some additional physical protection.
UPC: 778469114421

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Specs

Focal Length85mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountSony E
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Minimum Focus Distance2.62' / 80 cm
Maximum Magnification0.13x
Macro Reproduction Ratio1:8
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationNo
Filter Size72 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.15 x 3.62" / 80 x 92 mm
Weight1.06 lb / 484 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.905 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.7 x 5.1 x 4.8"

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Reviews

Does not maintain manual focus for astro imaging

By Ashveen
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-26

I achieve perfect focus. Test shot is good with stars in good focus. As I start taking the next shots, the focus point changes and the stars get blurred. So, the lens is unable to maintain focus. I do not know if there is something that can be done to fix this problem.

Fantastic lens

By Mark
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-06

I was skeptical when I bought this, worried that a low price and good performance were incompatible. But having used in several shoots now, I'm very pleased. It's sharp, the bokeh is lovely, it works beautifully with my Z6, and it focuses well (though it can struggle a bit in very low light situations). I'm also very surprised and impressed by the build quality and design. I couldn't be more pleased.

An amazing 85!

By Yesenia
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-22

I bought it instantly since I knew it would be pulled from the market, its fast and sharp. An 85 lens is not something I use often but this is perfect for when I do need it. Its only shortfall is that its really hazy when shooting backlit.

Great lens

By Hercules
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-20

This lens comes at a good price. I compared it to the Nikon 85mm f1.8G that I had. It's a little sharper. There is some CA but it is less than the Nikon 85mm f108G that I was replacing it with. AF works perfectly. Eye AF works great no complaints. The focus ring is vary smooth. It came with the latest firmware installed. Got lens profile for light room and Photoshop for Viltrox website. I am vary happy with this lens.

Great Lens

By Brian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-19

After missing out on the Samyang 85mm. I decided to buy this one before they were gone. So far I am very impressed for the quality of this lens ,especially for the price

Fantastic for the money

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-18

I bought the Viltrox 85mm to replace the Rokinon manual focus 85mm. I am using it with the Fujifilm X-T2. The Viltrox is a far better lens with respect to image sharpness, even when using manual focus mode. I really love this lens, but I would strongly recommend using a ND filter with it, since this lens is all about using it at its widest or near widest openings. In many cases, you will need to use an ND filter to maximize the image fidelity as well as to achieve the outstanding bokeh that this lens offers at its widest apertures. One negative note - I wish images had just a little more contrast. That is my only reservation, but this minor issue can be very easily corrected in post.

Affordable 3rd party option for Nikon

By Diego
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-21

I really couldn't be happier with the purchase of this lens. The construction is very solid, the focus ring is very comfortable and has a smooth action. The auto focus is very fast and silent. And the optical performance is excellent. Razor sharp at the center, even at maximum aperture.

Love it!

By sydney
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-10

Works great, buttery smooth and I probably will not buy a canon 85mm because this was such a great purchase. I have a canon r6.

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Asked by: Yainmar
The Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II is the second-generation of this portrait-length prime designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-10-03

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Asked by: Thomas
Yes, the optical quality of this lens is sharper in the center and better edge to edge sharpness as well.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-07-14

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Asked by: Matthew
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Date published: 2020-12-04

Does the Sony E mount version have US warranty?

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Asked by: YIWEN
Yes Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 FE II Lens for Sony E has 1 year warranty with Viltrox in the USA.
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2022-08-05

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Asked by: Peter
That is correct, with a firmware update, the lens becomes an f/1.6.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-10-01

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Asked by: Allan
Yes this would allow for full auto-exposure and autofocusing.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-03-14

Is it compatible with fuji x-t200?

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Asked by: Nurul Nadia
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