The TTArtisan 50mm f1.2 is a fairly compact, all manual APS-C lens for those seeking a good but affordable 50mm that doesn't sacrifice performance for a bright f1.2 aperture. We haven't really had a lot of great options in this price range with this fast of an aperture until now. With great performance and a lot of Pros but only a few Cons, this lens ends up being one of the better options in the under $150 price range.
After doing tons of reviews and articles on how I like these cheaper Chinese lenses for day-to-day shooting and for fun, I thought it would be important to do a write up about what your expectations should really be when comparing cheap lenses to higher-end or more expensive lenses like a Samyang or Rokinon. Because there are some big differences.
The Pergear 35mm f1.2 is a compact APS-C lens designed with a bright aperture for a very shallow depth of field and low light shooting. When looking at character and performance, this lens is packed with beautiful imperfections, as well as the regular kind. With the limitations in mind, it can produce some nice results and it can be a lot of fun in the right situations.
The Nikon Z 35mm f1.8 S features a partly aluminum and plastic construction, combined with the dust and weather-resistant design and a bright f1.8 aperture, that all come together to make this one of the best do-it-all lenses for travel or daily use. This 35mm also features a nearly silent stepping motor internal focusing system with no focus breathing which is great for the videographer. Overall the Nikkor Z 35mm f1.8 has a fantastic balance between form and function and will deliver amazing results in any situation.
The Pergear 50mm f1.8 is an all manual all-metal, compact 50mm APS-C lens with a 75mm equivalent field of view. This lens produces a classic rendering with great micro-contrast and some very impressive sharpness, no distortion, and almost no vignetting. It's a great street lens or portrait lens especially for photographers looking to take advantage of lens flares and blooms.
Over the next few months, I'm going to be taking a look at the Pergear lenses for the APS-C camera systems. One of my favorite cheap lenses of all time is the Meike 35m f1.7 so I'm curious to see what else out there is similar, and can we do better. This brings us to the Pergear 35mm f1.6 - A pretty dang cool lens so far.