Viltrox AF 28mm F1.8 STM Gallery
October 16th, 2023
The end of 2023 was when Viltrox suddenly leveled up in a serious way. The Viltrox Pro AF 75mm F1.2 (my review here) was a serious bombshell. It showed that Viltrox was going to be much more than a budget lens maker; they were gunning for the space traditionally occupied by more prestige third party lensmakers like Sigma or Tamron. They followed that up with the full frame 16mm F1.8 lens, which was a stunningly good wide angle option. Between the 16mm F1.8 and then the next Pro series lens (the excellent Pro AF 27mm F1.2 for APS-C mount cameras) there was a lens release that got a little overlooked, this lens, the Viltrox AF 28mm F1.8 STM. This is a full frame lens for Sony FE (reviewed here) and Nikon Z mounts (and hopefully Canon RF in the future). You can get my full thoughts about the AF 28mm F1.8 in my video review below or by reading the text review.
Thanks to Viltrox for sending me a review loaner of this lens. As always, this is a completely independent review. *The tests and most of the photos that I share as a part of my review cycle have been done with the Sony a7RV along with the Sony Alpha 1 that serve as my benchmark cameras for Sony lenses.
Why was the AF 28mm F1.8 overlooked? Largely because this was a lens that Viltrox was committed to creating as a part of their series of affordable F1.8 primes, which include:
- Viltrox AF 24mm F1.8 STM (my review here)
- Viltrox AF 35mm F1.8 STM (my review here)
- Viltrox AF 50mm F1.8 STM (my review here)
In many ways it feels like Viltrox’s focus has shifted already to their newer, more high profile pursuits, and it is also clear that their design standards have raised. Their newest lenses have more features, better build quality, and improved optical glass. But does that mean that the AF 28mm F1.8 should be written off?
Definitely not. Sony has a huge catalog of lenses at most focal lengths, but there are relatively few decent 28mm options. If you want more information, then read or watch the reviews…or just enjoy the photos below.
Images of the Viltrox AF 28mm F1.8
Images Taken with the Viltrox AF 28mm F1.8 STM
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