With cheap manual lenses from China and Korea growing in popularity, many people are wonder if they are worth it, or which to buy. In this test, I compare the 7Artisans 55mm f1.4 to the KamLan 50mm f1.1. I also threw in a more expensive lens, the Rokinon 50mm f1.2, and the even more expensive Fujinon 56mm f1.2 as a control. Since Fujifilm is legend when it comes to lens design, it will be interesting to see how they compare.
I've picked up a few new lenses this year and it seems like I now have an endless option of focal lengths, looks and types of lenses to choose from. For the first time, I think I might have a lens for just about everything. I know that sound crazy and that I'm spending all this money, but most of these lenses I'm buying are under $200 bucks. This one particular lens I just started using is the Kamlan 50mm f1.1. It was only $150 bucks new and it's been so much fun.
The KamLan 50mm f1.1 lens is a super fast manual focus lens by Sainsonic for mirrorless cameras. It's designed to be a very inexpensive specialty lens with extremely shallow depth of field with buttery smooth bokeh. This is achieved by a f1.1 aperture with 12 circular aperture blades. Its simple design with a low element count makes this lens shoot and behave more like a retro lens with extreme characteristics.