Earlier this year, Viltrox launched a 13mm F1.4 autofocus lens for Fujifilm X-mount camera systems. Now, Viltrox is back with the launch of a crowdfunding campaign to bring this lens to Nikon Z and Sony E-mount APS-C camera systems (or their respective full-frame cameras in used in crop mode).
The lens, which offers a full-frame equivalent 20mm focal length, is constructed of 14 elements in 11 groups, including two aspherical elements, four extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and two high-refractive index elements. It features an internal focusing unit driven by a stepping motor, has a minimum focusing distance of 22cm (8.7”), uses a nine-blade aperture diaphragm and uses a 67mm front filter thread.
The body of the lens is constructed entirely of metal and the lens offers dust-proof seals throughout the construction (Viltrox shows six different gaskets). The lens measures 74mm (2.9”) in diameter by 90mm (3.5”) long and weighs 420g (14.8oz) in the E-mount configuration and 455g (16oz) in the Z-mount configuration. For comparison, Sony’s new 15mm F1.4 G APS-C lens comes in at 66.6mm (2.6”) in diameter by 7cm (2.73”) long and weighs 218g (7.7oz).
Below is a video review of the E-mount version of the lens:
Below is a small sample gallery of low-resolution images, provided by Viltrox:
The ~$50,000 crowdfunding campaign goal is already 25% funded with 36 backers and 27 days left to go. You can secure a single 13mm F1.4 autofocus lens for a ~$360 pledge via the ‘Indiegogo Exclusive Deal,’ which will get you either the Z-mount or E-mount version. the first units are expected to ship out next month, July 2022, suggesting the units are already made and ready to go once the campaign is over. Head on over to the campaign page to learn more or make your pledge.
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