Viltrox AF 33mm F1.4 review

The Viltrox AF 33mm F1.4 is a smart ‘standard prime’ for wide-ranging APS-C format mirrorless cameras

Viltrox AF 33mm F1.4 Z
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Don’t be put off by this lens’s budget price tag. It’s immaculately turned out in a full metal jacket, including mounting plate, casing and petal-shaped hood. It also has refined handling characteristics complete with an aperture control ring and smooth-action focus ring, electronically coupled to its fast and consistently accurate linear stepping motor autofocus system. The Viltrox delivers excellent all-round performance and image quality and is a steal at the price for Canon EOS M, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z DX and Sony E system cameras.


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    Impressive image quality

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    Fast f/1.4 aperture

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    Hands-on aperture control ring


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    No aperture ring lock at ‘Auto’ position

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    Aperture ring permanently ‘de-clicked’

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    Lacks any weather-seals

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The Viltrox AF 33mm F1.4 is one of a trio of lenses, all of which are very similar in size, weight and price, and they all have the same 52mm filter thread. Taking the APS-C crop factor into account, the 23mm, 33mm and 56mm focal lengths are effectively like using classic 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lenses on a full-frame camera, all with the same fast f/1.4 aperture. Catering to color preferences, various mount options are available in a choice of black, silver, red and white.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.