Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 arrives for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras

Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 for Sony FE

Wide-aperture 85mm lenses are popular amongst portrait photographers for their ability to create flattering perspectives and attractive background blur, but normally come with a high price tag. This new Viltrox lens is different.

The new Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f/1.8 STM is designed for Sony’s full frame mirrorless FE mount cameras like the Sony A7 III and undercuts the price of Sony’s own 85mm f/1.8 portrait lens by around 40%. It can also be used on Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras like the A6400, where it has an effective focal length of around 128mm.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at