Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 vs Viltrox 24mm f/1.8

Started Oct 3, 2022 | Discussions
swansea press Junior Member • Posts: 32
Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 vs Viltrox 24mm f/1.8
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I've recently tried both the Nikon and Viltrox 24mm Z mount.

The Nikon, I found rather soft at large apertures, especially at subjects under a meter away.

My copy of the Viltrox was a bit peculiar...the DX edge on full frame was soft up until f/5.6, but stragely sharp on the FX edges.

I'm wondering if I had bad copies of both lenses, or is it the norm to find such charactertics.

I really want a Z fit 24mm for walk around, and if they were the same price...which one would you get?

Sutto Contributing Member • Posts: 948
Re: Nikon Z 24mm f/1.8 vs Viltrox 24mm f/1.8

I haven't tried the Viltrox, but recently bought the Nikon.  I don't find it soft wide open - to the contrary, I find it lovely and sharp.  I can't tell you about the edges, because I don't care about them - I only shoot people and faces and never landscapes.  As far as a walk around lens, It's actually quite heavy and I wouldn't like to wander around with it - I use it for my events work.  I'm thinking of getting that crappy 28mm 2.8 Z lens - some say that is quite sharp and I don't like 35mm perspective as a one for all lens, but 28mm is quiet handy.

Sutto

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ipopov Regular Member • Posts: 274
Viltrox has W-shaped field curvature
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Regarding Viltrox, other reviewers found the same thing:

> It is sharp in the center and renders quite some detail in the FF/FX-corner but suffers from a relatively soft zone in the middle third of the image-circle. You need to stop the lens down to f5.6 to lift this zone to good resolution.

from Cameralabs review https://www.cameralabs.com/viltrox-af-24mm-f1-8-review/4/

(link to sharpness comparison: https://www.cameralabs.com/viltrox-af-24mm-f1-8-review/2/ )

Looks like this lens has significant W-shaped field curvature.

skyrunr
skyrunr Veteran Member • Posts: 4,502
Re: Viltrox has W-shaped field curvature

ipopov wrote:

Regarding Viltrox, other reviewers found the same thing:

> It is sharp in the center and renders quite some detail in the FF/FX-corner but suffers from a relatively soft zone in the middle third of the image-circle. You need to stop the lens down to f5.6 to lift this zone to good resolution.

from Cameralabs review https://www.cameralabs.com/viltrox-af-24mm-f1-8-review/4/

(link to sharpness comparison: https://www.cameralabs.com/viltrox-af-24mm-f1-8-review/2/ )

Looks like this lens has significant W-shaped field curvature.

Having tried the 23mm APS-C lens, I didn't like their build, overall feel, and the AF was a bit unpredictable compared to ANY Z lens.  I might like a plastic lighter version, or maybe a more traditionally shaped lens instead of the pringles can design.  As an example, Canon's RF18-150 kit has a similar design, but feels nicer in hand.

There's room for a few non-S non-compact f2.8 primes, or you can adapt a $ony G lens with the megadap v2, which is what I'm doing.

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