Viltrox AF 23mm F1.4 E E-mount lens review by ghmcs

reviewer#45612 date: Nov-15-2020
sharpness: 5
color: 4
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:E 16-55mm f/2.8 at 24mm
price paid:299 USD (new)
positive:Relatively small size and light weight,
Sharp across the whole image from f/4 and smaller,
Fit and finish are very good,
... and all that for a modest price
negative:Finding out how to update the lens firmware through its USB port took some discovery; YouTube is your friend here.
comment:This lens turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Normally there is nothing to say about the packaging but, in this case, it is up-scale; reminds me of how Apple boxes their products. Combined with how the lens feels in your hand, both lead to making a good first impression.
Image quality is very good. I would only use f/1.4 in a pinch, but center sharpness from f/2 and smaller goes from good to excellent. As noted, the corners are sharp from f/4 and smaller.
Raw, uncorrected files show significant vignetting up to f/2.8, but its gone at f/4; there is also significant barrel distortion. The good news is, Viltrox has made a correction file available for PS/LR that you can manually install.
For me, this lens is a keeper.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 4
  • sharpness: 4.38
  • color: 4.25
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.25
  • overall: 4.48 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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