Fujifilm 50mm F2 Vs Viltrox 56mm F1.4

Fujifilm 50mm F2 Vs Viltrox 56mm F1.4

Fuji 50mm f2 is near perfect, but at f2 it doesn't have enough background blur. To get that extra bokeh (and light), the Viltrox 56mm f1.4 sounded like an awesome alternative. Except for one issue...

The Future 50mm or 56mm lens for Fuji's FX Mount

Hopefully Sigma will bring out their APSC 56mm f1.4 in the future. They said it might even appear in 2021. That is a sharper lens than the Viltrox and controls CA much better. Although it won't have an aperture ring. 

It has a little weather proofing. It is priced in between the Fujifilm 50mm f2 and the Viltrox 56mm f1.4. But for now the best lens is subjective.

Viltrox 56mm has more blur than the Fujifilm 50mm f2
The Viltrox 56mm f1.4 at f1.4

Which lens should I buy, the Fuji 50mm F2 or Viltrox 56mm F1.4?

If you are doing paid work like weddings and portraits I would go with the Fujifilm. It is a great little lens. If you are more into casual photography for yourself and want more bokeh, the extra fun of the Viltrox 56mm lens is worth it for the f1.4 aperture, despite the horrible chromatic aberrations. 

The Fuji lens is more expensive. The Viltrox 56 is slightly cheaper than a used Fujifilm 50mm f2. Don't let a few bucks influence your decision. You either want optical excellence or blurrier backgrounds. 

I have no hesitation in buying the 50mm f2 used because it is weather resistant, so its unlikely to have dust or other internal issues. I have had 2 copies used and because it isn't an everyday focal length, they were both in superb condition. 

Fuji 50mm f2 Vs Viltrox 56mm f1.4
The Viltrox 56mm f1.4 at f1.4

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