Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2 E-Mount Gallery
January 18th, 2024
When the Viltrox Pro AF 75mm F1.2 arrived in Sony E-mount earlier in 2023, I was very impressed. I had expected a simple port of the lens over to Sony, but Viltrox exceeded my expectations by adding additional features (custom button, AF/MF switch, declick option) and delivering a much improved autofocus performance on Sony. I loved the Fuji X-mount version of the second lens in the series – the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2 – and I was very excited by the notion of getting similar treatment on E-mount. The Sony E-mount version of the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2 has arrived (we’ll call it the Pro AF 27E), and, as expected, it is a treat to use on Sony. Sony’s 1.5x APS-C crop means that this lens frames like a 40mm equivalent lens on full frame, and that’s a focal length I love for walk-around, general purpose, and people photography. You can get my full thoughts by watching the video review below or reading my thorough text review…or just enjoy the photos below.
Thanks to Viltrox for sending me a review sampler 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 APS-C mode (26MP) Sony a7RV.
As on Fuji, there isn’t really an direct 27mm competitors. On Sony the closest lens is either a 24mm F1.8 or the 35mm F1.8 OSS lens. The former is now 12 years old and still costs $1000 USD, while the latter is 11 years old and costs roughly $450 USD. Some third party brands make both a 23mm and a 33mm F1.4 lens (essentially 35mm and 50mm full frame equivalent lenses), so the 27mm F1.2 falls right in between those two in terms of focal length. Sigma does have a 30mm F1.4, but that lens is now 7 years old, and, having owned it, I can safely say that it is not in the class of the Viltrox Pro AF 27E in terms of performance. And none of these lenses are F1.2, either. The Viltrox can be had for under $550 if you buy from Viltrox and use the code DUSTINABBOTT will get you an additional 8% off but the biggest reason to buy the lens is its performance.
Not only is it ridiculously sharp even at F1.2, but it also manages to have lovely rendering and bokeh at the same time.
The greatest negative for the Pro AF 27E will be the size, as it is larger than competing lenses, but I happen to think that the performance more than justifies the size.
Images of the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2
Photos Taken with the Viltrox Pro AF 27mm F1.2
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