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 Nikon 50mm f1.8 S was one of Nikon's first lenses for the Z mount system and it has been designed to cater to the hybrid shooter who wants a single lens that can do anything. Video, landscape, wedding, portrait, or even street photography. While the f1.8 aperture isn't exciting for a lot of people, the versatility makes it a great place to start when building out a new kit. The lens is weather-sealed, has a silent stepping motor focusing system with very little focus breathing. It's very well corrected, incredibly sharp with a very manageable size and weight.
My good friend Alex reviewed the Fujifilm XF35mm f1.4. If you want to see him use the lens casually on the streets of Japan, it's a very cool video and just super chill. I think you guys will like his content since there just aren't a lot of people that make videos in this format. You know, normal people that are not setting up ridiculous experiments only to make things fail so that they can complain. :)
The Fujinon 35mm f1.4 is one of Fujifilm's oldest lenses for the X-Mount system. With the fast f1.4 aperture and the 50mm field of view, the lens is very versatile and it's especially great for portrait and people photography. While showing some age by today's standards in terms of autofocus and the technical characteristics, the lens still has some of the most unique character of any modern lens to date.
The Brightin Star is a 50mm f1.4 full frame all metal, all manual prime lens. The lens comes in various mounts, and while being designed for full-frame cameras, it performs very well on APS-C cameras. With the excellent build quality and the fast f1.4 aperture and great overall performance, the lens is an excellent choice for someone looking to try out the 50mm prime focal length as long as they're willing to work within the limitations.
The Yasuhara Anthy 35mm f1.8 is a compact full manual full-frame mirrorless lens. With a bright f1.8 aperture the lens is a fantastic choice for low light shooters or portrait shooters that love that sweat, sweat bokeh. With the small size, affordable price and excellent build quality, the lens is a great choice for photographers looking for a daily carry that can be used in almost any situation.