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Viltrox 16mm f/1.8

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

The Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 FE lens is a third-party lens that has grown in popularity due to its impressive price-to-quality ratio. This lens offers an ultra-wide focal length along with a particularly wide aperture, making it versatile for a range of applications. The lens offers excellent performance and image quality, making it a noteworthy competitor in the market of third-party lenses​.

At an affordable price of $549, the lens is equipped with a range of features including 15 elements in 12 groups, a fast and quiet STM autofocus motor, a minimum focusing distance of 0.27 meters, a silent, step-less aperture ring, HD Nano Multi-Layer Coating for fewer flares and reduced ghosting and deeper contrast, an LCD information screen, USC-C port for firmware updates, all-metal construction, and a weather-resistant design​​.

The Viltrox 16mm 1.8 AF FE has the following specifications:

  1. Diameter: 85 mm

  2. Field of view: 105.6° (diagonally)

  3. Length: 103 mm

  4. Weight: 560g (without hood and caps)

  5. Filter Diameter: 77 mm

  6. Number of Aperture Blades: 9 (rounded)

  7. Elements/Groups: 15/12

  8. Close Focusing Distance: 0.27 m

  9. Maximum Magnification: 1:9.3 (measured)

  10. Mount: Sony E​​.

Viltrox 16mm f/1.8 lens

Handling and build quality

This lens offers a variety of controls. The focus ring has non-linear coupling, meaning the rate of focus change is dependent on the speed at which you rotate the ring. The lens retains the last focus position even when you turn the camera off. The aperture ring has 1/3 of a stop click stops, which can be de-clicked using a lever on the right side of the lens. You can also set the ring to "Automatic" and let the camera choose the aperture value, or use the camera dial to change the aperture value instead of using the aperture ring​.

The lens has two buttons (Fn1 and Fn2) and an AF-MF switch. In AF mode, Fn1 works as a focus hold button, while Fn2 has no function. In MF mode, you can toggle between two preset distances when pressing the Fn2 button​​.

A unique feature of this lens is the LCD display on top. This display shows various pieces of information, such as the depth of field scale, focus hold when activated, AF/MF mode, preset distance setting A/B, focus distance, and aperture value​​.

There were additional parts of the reviews that could be useful, such as the lens's performance in different shooting conditions, comparison to similar lenses, and sample images, but I ran out of time to find and summarize those details. If you're interested in these aspects, I recommend reading the full reviews on Fstoppers and Phillip Reeve's website.


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