What's the difference between a $1,399 lens and a $399 lens?

Viltrox vs Sony
(Image credit: Chris Brockhurst)

The Sony G Master lenses are known for two things – performance and price. While they can be pricey, the Sony G Master lenses often offer brilliant results. One of the most popular lenses is the Sony FE 24mm f/1.4 GM, which offers a wide field of view and a beautifully wide maximum aperture. However, lens manufacturer Viltrox has officially thrown its hat into the ring with an affordable alternative – the Viltrox 24mm f/1.8. 

But how well does this $399 lens compare to the Sony GM $1,399 piece of glass? Can the Sony lens really provide an extra $1,000 worth of quality? Well YouTuber Chris Brockhurst might just have the answer with his latest video comparing the two lenses.

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Usman Dawood

Usman is a commercial and architectural photographer based in West Yorkshire, who has been working professionally for over seven years. He has also spent over four years as a writer for the biggest photography sites in the world, including Staff Writer for Digital Camera World, senior staff writer for FStoppers, and tech writer for Petapixel. 

With a particular interest in technology developments, high-resolution imaging and the high-end cameras, Usman has been on the cutting edge of camera news as well as writing features about medium format systems and global shutters, and has reviewed some of the latest Leica cameras as well as a tripod that’s even taller than Andre the Giant!