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Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 RF II Lens for Canon RF

BH #VIAF8518RF • MFR #AF 85/1.8 RF
Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 RF II Lens for Canon RF
Key Features
  • RF-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 RF II is the second-generation of this portrait-length prime designed for Canon RF-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 RF II is the second-generation of this portrait-length prime designed for Canon RF-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 Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.
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.

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Specs

Key Specs
Focal Length
85mm
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Lens Mount
Canon RF
Lens Format Coverage
Full-Frame
Focus Type
Autofocus
Image Stabilization
No
Filter Size
72 mm (Front)
Maximum Aperture
f/1.8
Minimum Aperture
f/16
Lens Mount
Canon RF
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
Packaging Info
Package Weight
2.04 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
6.5 x 5.1 x 4.8"

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 STM II Reviews

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.

Great budget 85mm!

By Aaron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-08

The lens is great. Although I do wish they sent a cord to plug in with it to update the lens firmware. Other then that, it has been great to work with, used it at a local car show.

Great reach for travel.

By Donald
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-19

Works great hand in hand with my 45mm for travel. Perfect combo for me.

Fun Macro

By David
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-15

Exceptionally sharp imagers.

Just bought this used

By Jordan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-13

Over all super excited to have an 85mm in my collection, went out today took some photos and I'm amazing at the sharpness of it ! Only draw back is since I purchased it used the lens hood has been damaged and it was a pain to get off the lens. I did inspect it once I got it off and it look likes someone didn't put it on correctly and kept trying to force it on, trying to see what I can do to get another one but over all lens looked brand new and performs amazingly

Incredibly UNDERRATED!!!

By Adam
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-05-27

I watched a ton of YouTube videos on the best RF 85mm lenses. You can have an 85 f1.4 if you want but it's 200 dollars more (that's Canadian) my copy is VERY sharp at f1.8 and has minimal chromatic aberration and fast autofocus. If you are doing photos mostly this is a sweet lens to get into a good prime 85. If you are doing video and photos you might want a lens with stabilization instead. I have put this on my R and RSC 2 and it's a sweet combo for beautiful shots. Highly recommend. I did notice some flaring when shooting with car headlights at night but it was pretty harsh so ill let it pass. Check out some sample photos too

I'm impressed

By STEVEN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-10

This lens has a very solid build quality feel to it, the lens caps and hood attach easily, and the images are sharp with nice bokeh. Colors pre-edit look good and appear to be accurate. I shot the attached unedited jpeg photos in the shade during daytime at f/1.8 using a Canon R5.

You can't ask for more!

By YIWEN
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-09

It's definitely worth of money. $399 for this lens could be a steal lol. Nice bokeh and it's much better than Sony 85mm f1.8. AF is fast enough. I heard that you can get f1.6 if you update firmware, but haven't tried that yet. Anyway it's as sharp as I expected.

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Is this lens full frame on canon R?

Is this lens full frame on canon R?
Asked by: Robert
Yes, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 RF II Lens for Canon RF is a Full-Frame lens.
Answered by: Yaakov
Date published: 2022-08-30

It wasn't clear, does this lens allows full ...

It wasn't clear, does this lens allows full auto-exposure and autofocus?
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?

Is it compatible with fuji x-t200?
Asked by: Nurul Nadia
Yes, the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 XF II for Fujifilm X is compatible with the Fujifilm X-T200.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2022-08-30

Can the Z mount version of this lens be updated ...

Can the Z mount version of this lens be updated on a Mac Monterey?
Asked by: Danilo
Yes, the firmware of the Viltrox AF 85mm f/1.8 Z Lens for Nikon Z can be updated on a Mac computer with Mac Monterey.
Answered by: samikg
Date published: 2022-07-11

This is the new update?

This is the new update?
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

The 1st generation lens hood was round, is the ...

The 1st generation lens hood was round, is the 2nd generation lens hood lotus shape like the Sony 2nd generation version or same cylinder type as the original for Fuji?
Asked by: Zac
The lens hood is a petal type.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-07-27

Does the Mark II lens have less color fringing ...

Does the Mark II lens have less color fringing than the Mark I?
Asked by: Baron
Based on the results we have seen on this lens, there is no visible color fringing. The updates to this model are many with its lighter weight, faster autofocus and some cosmetic changes.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-01-26

LensRentals says the MK 1 version disables Fuji ...

LensRentals says the MK 1 version disables Fuji cameras’ wireless communication. Is that fixed in MK 2?
Asked by: Baron
There have been no reports of this lens disabling the wireless communication in Fuji X cameras to date.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2021-02-01
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