A Hidden Gem: The Viltrox AF 20mm f/2.8

Viltrox has swiftly transitioned from an under-the-radar brand to a well-regarded lens maker, celebrated for its budget-friendly yet impressive performing lenses. The AF 20mm f/2.8, priced under $200, continues this trend. The question is, does it live up to the high expectations set by contemporary lenses? This detailed video review explores the lens' performance and the quality of images it produces.

Coming to you from Alex Barrera, this excellent review examines the Viltrox AF 20mm f/2.8 lens designed for Sony E mount cameras. Priced affordably at under $200, this lens stands out for its cost-effectiveness, particularly for an autofocus lens, making it a nice option for a wide range of photographers and filmmakers alike. The 20mm focal length is gaining favor for its ability to include more in the frame compared to a 24mm lens, without the pronounced distortion typical of 16mm and wider lenses. And while f/2.8 is not extremely wide, the advantage gained from that is a high degree of portability, and with the high-ISO performance of modern cameras, f/2.8 is perfectly serviceable for just about any situation. Overall, the AF 20mm f/2.8 seems to perform admirably in terms of its price point, offering commendable sharpness and performance. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Barrera. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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6 seconds into the video an he mentions that he is reviewing the "Viltrox 28mm f 2.8 lens". Really? Wow!
There are better reviews out there. The better one I've seen is from Christopher Frost, and can be found here https://youtu.be/VRwONvWc7C8?si=xGJKi8D2JGIynQK1