The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 for Sony E Mount can transform an f/1.6 lens with only a easy firmware replace – DIYphotography

The Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 lens has began to transform fairly a well-liked lens selection for Sony E mount shooters because of its first rate stage of efficiency vs its reasonably low $399 ticket (in comparison to the $600 Sony). It’s additionally to be had in Fuji X flavour, too. But can this lens cross even sooner than f/1.8? Yeah, it seems that.

The video above via Stefan Malloch was once in reality posted again in April, however simplest simply now turns out to have received any actual traction, nevertheless it seems you’ll be able to replace the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 lens to f/1.6, supplying you with an additional 3rd of a prevent, rounder bokeh and a moderately (slightly noticeable, in point of fact) shallower intensity of box, with only a easy firmware replace.

Stefan additionally posted a 2d video along with the above evaluation appearing precisely learn how to replace the firmware within the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 to show the utmost aperture into f/1.6.

As PetaPixel notes, it’s unclear precisely the place this firmware got here from. The video claims that it was once allotted via Viltrox to “numerous its lovers over in China” the place the corporate is based totally, however Viltrox denies ever having launched this firmware. So, precisely the place it’s come from is any one’s wager.

Looking on the pictures shot on the claimed f/1.6 vs f/1.8 within the movies above, it undoubtedly appears to be opening the ones aperture blades a little bit wider, and it’s now not unusual for aperture blades to open up a bit of wider than the claimed most aperture with some lenses. So, it undoubtedly appears to be conceivable.

It’s unclear whether or not this firmware will paintings at the more moderen II variations of this lens (even if I doubt it, so I most likely wouldn’t check out it), but when you need to check out updating your Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 lens, then the firmware and directions are to be had for you to take action at your personal possibility, right here.

[by means of PetaPixel]