Chinese lens manufacturers have “started to outdo the Japanese ones”

Viltrox AF 16mm f/1.8 product shot
(Image credit: Viltrox)

When it comes to camera lenses, many of us likely hold the opinion that the best quality optics are made in Japan, or in the case of Leica and Zeiss, Germany. Surely the heritage of precision engineering long established in these countries means lenses produced there are a cut above rival optics produced in other regions?

The Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S Noct: a Japanese-made lens, representing absolute no-compromise optical quality (Image credit: Nikon)

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.