A Review of the New Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 FE Lens

Over the past few years, Viltrox has quietly grown into a leader for third-party lenses that often punch well above their weights in terms of their price-to-quality ratios. Their latest offering, the AF 16mm f/1.8 FE, promises to continue that trend by offering an ultra-wide focal length in tandem with a particularly wide aperture, making it useful for quite a few applications. This excellent video review takes a look at the new lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in practice.

Coming to you from Wes Perry, this great video review takes a look at the new Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 FE lens. Despite its affordable price ($549), the 16mm f/1.8 still comes with a nice range of features, including:

  • 15 elements in 12 groups
  • Fast and quiet STM autofocus motor
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.27 meters 
  • Silent, step-less aperture ring
  • HD Nano Multi-Layer Coating for fewer flares and reduced ghosting and deeper contrast
  • LCD information screen
  • USC-C port for firmware updates
  • All-metal construction
  • Weather-resistant design

If you haven't used an ultra-wide lens with a very wide aperture before, it is a ton of fun and quite a unique creative experience. Check out the video above for Perry's full thoughts on the lens.

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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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