Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4 review

The Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4 review adds serious width to the company’s mirrorless APS-C range

5 Star Rating
Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4 Z
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Smartly turned out with a metal casing and multiple weather-seals, this Viltrox APS-C format lens is available in Fujifilm X, Nikon Z and Sony E mount options. Delivering a viewing angle of 94.1 degrees, it has an ‘effective’ focal length of about 20mm in full-frame terms, making it ideal for architectural interiors, sweeping landscapes and vlogging, while its fast f/1.4 aperture adds astrophotography to the hit list. Impressive image quality is backed up by fast and consistently accurate autofocus, making the lens great value at the price.


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    Impressive all-round performance

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    Solid metal casing

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    Good handling


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    No ‘auto’ aperture ring lock

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    No aperture click-step option

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    No AF/MF focus mode switch

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Backed by a crowdfunding campaign, the Viltrox AF 13mm F1.4 Z is an APS-C format ultra-wide prime lens for Fujifilm X, Nikon Z and Sony E mount cameras. It builds on the success of the company’s existing trio of Viltrox 23mm, 33mm and 56mm f/1.4, adopting the same aperture rating but naturally giving you a wider viewing angle. In ascending order, the four lenses give classic ‘effective’ focal lengths of approximately 20mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm in full-frame terms.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.