up close with the viltrox 20mm f1.8

by Christopher Kowalewski August. 11, 2020 474 views
ipomea | viltrox 20mm f1.8

ipomea | viltrox 20mm f1.8

In France, we have summer sales from the middle of July to about the middle of August, and pretty much all commerces, even photography shops, offer some interesting deals.

I was convinced that landscape lenses were by essence a no-go for close up photography, having smaller apertures. While scrolling through the sales of my favorite online photography shop, I noticed the Viltrox 20mm f1.8. I'd never heard of Viltrox, and it would seem this is their very first lens. I also saw that f1.8 and noticed that the closest focus was 25cm (7 in, about). And at 25% off, I thought "wow, let's go pull out the AmEx."

So this lens actually works quite nicely close up, bringing in more context to tell a story along with some very pleasing bokeh and a touch of vignette (most likely a negative point for many others but by far a plus for me).

As per its true use, I've never tried building or landscape photography. I naturally moved to close-up's and macro. This will be an excellent chance for me to step out of my comfort zone to try my hand at something new.

The build is very solid all with glass and metal (and very heavy). I'm going to be playing with this one for the days to come.

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Camellia Staab 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Before reading your comments I saw your capture and went "Wow"! what a beauty. Then I read and had to look up Viltrox which amazingly they even make one for my camera. After all, one can never have enough lenses. Thanks for sharing both the photo and the info smile

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Christopher Kowalewski Replied to Camellia Staab 11 months, 3 weeks ago

It’s very, very heavy, and that glass makes some very nice photos - especially close up. 
And so true - you can never have enough lenses...

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