Especially fast lenses from the Middle Kingdom

Especially fast lenses from the Middle Kingdom

Especially fast lenses from the Middle Kingdom. On the picture Zhongyi SpeedMaster 50 / 0.95 III for Nikon Z

In this post, I have prepared a list of modern Chinese lenses with aperture ratio less than 1: 1.4. Apertures of F / 0.95, F / 1.0, F / 1.05, F / 1.1, F / 1.2, F / 1.25 refer to all of these lenses. to especially fast.

Unusually enough, in just a couple of years, Chinese brands have been able to achieve such lenses with very high aperture... Some of them are unique in their kind and have no analogues even from well-known big brands. Some of them are absolute record holders, one of a kind. Some have already passed 2-3 generations of their development. Many of them have low and even low prices. Recently, similar Chinese lenses appear like mushrooms after rain.

Medium Format (MF, Medium Format)

  1. Zhongyi 85mm f / 1.2, Fujifilm G mount + mirrorless full-frame mounts Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF + full-frame mirror mounts Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentak K, Sony A, optical design 9/6, fastest medium format lenses in existence, about $ 650 on AliExpress

For full frame DSLR cameras (Full Frame DSLR)

  1. Zhongyi 50mm f / 0.95Canon EF, fastest full-frame DSLR lens ever, 12/6 optical design, about $ 800 on AliExpress
  2. Zhongyi 85mm f / 1.2, mounts Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentak K, Sony A + mount for medium format cameras Fujifilm GFX + mirrorless full-frame mounts Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, optical scheme 9/6, about $ 650 on AliExpress
  3. KamLan 55mm f / 1.2, EF, F + mounts mirrorless Sony E, scheme 8/6, about $ 600 on AliExpress
  4. Wesley WSL 50mm f / 1.2, mount Canon EF, Nikon F (?), scheme 9/5
  5. DZOptics Kerlee 35mm f / 1.2, mount Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentax K, 11/10 scheme

For full frame mirrorless cameras (Full Frame MILC / DSLM / EVIL)

  1. 7Artisans 50mm f / 1.05, mounts EF-M, RF, Z, E, X, L, M4 / 3, scheme 10/7, about $ 450 on AliExpress
  2. 7Artisans 50mm f / 1.1, Leica M mount (adaptable to any modern mirrorless system), available in black or silver + variants available 'Limited Gold'and'RED DRAGON SPECIAL EDITION', scheme 7/6, about $ 350 on AliExpress
  3. 7Artisans 75mm f / 1.25, Leica M mount (adaptable to any modern mirrorless system), 7/6 pattern, about $ 450 on AliExpress
  4. KamLan 55mm f / 1.2, Sony E mount + EF full frame mirror mounts, F, 8/6 pattern, about $ 400 on AliExpress
  5. TTArtisan 50mm f / 0.95, Leica M mount (adaptable to any modern mirrorless system), 11/8 pattern, available in black or silver + variants available 'Silver Black'and'Red Ox 2021 Limited‘, about $ 750 on AliExpress
  6. Zhongyi 85mm f / 1.2, mounts Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF + mounts for SLR cameras Canon EF, Nikon F, Pentak K, Sony A + mount for medium format Fujifilm GFX cameras + optical scheme 9/6, about $ 650 on AliExpress
  7. Zhongyi 50mm f / 0.95 III, E, RF, Z, L mounts, 10/7 layout, XNUMXrd generation, about $ 800 on AliExpres
  8. Zhongyi 50mm F / 0.95 M, Leica M mount (adaptable to any modern mirrorless system), available in black or silver, 11/8 optics (not the same as the previous one), about $ 800 on AliExpress
  9. Brightin star 50mm 1: 0.95, E, Z, L, RF, X mounts, 10 elements in 9 groups, about $ 400 on AliExpress
  10. Meike 50mm f / 1.2, Nikon Z, Sony FE, Canon RF, Canon EF and Leica L mounts, 12/7 scheme, about $ 350 on AliExpress
  11. Wesley WSL 50mm f / 1.2, Sony E mount, 9/5 scheme
  12. DZOptics Kerlee 35mm f / 1.2, Sony E mount, 11/10 layout
  13. Vlogmagic 50mm f / 1.1, RF, Z, E mounts, 8/6 scheme

For mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor or less

  1. laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO, mounts Z, E, X, RF, scheme 14/9, about $ 500
  2. 7Artisans 35mm f / 0.95, mounts EF-M, Z, E, X, M4 / 3, scheme 11/9, about $ 210 on AliExpress
  3. 7Artisans 35mm f / 1.2, EF-M, E, X, M4 / 3 mounts, black or silver body, 6/5 layout, optically weak, about $ 110 on AliExpress
  4. 7Artisans 35mm f / 1.2 II, EF-M, E, X, Z, M4 / 3 mounts, 6/5 scheme (not the same as in the first version), about $ 150 on AliExpress
  5. Risepray 35mm f / 0.95, mounts EF-M, E, X, M4 / 3, scheme 11/9, most likely similar, about $ 200 on AliExpress
  6. Risespray 35mm f / 1.2, mounts EF-M, E, X, M4 / 3, scheme 8/6, about $ 80 on AliExpress
  7. KamLan 32mm f / 1.1, E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3 mounts, 9/7 layout, new lens of 2021, little information
  8. KamLan 50mm f / 1.1, E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3 bayonets, 5st generation, optical design 5/1, optically weak. Often called GEN 1 (Generation XNUMX), about $ 150 on AliExpress
  9. KamLan 50mm F / 1.1 Mark II, E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3 mounts, 8nd generation, 6/XNUMX optical design, optically good, about $ 230 on AliExpress
  10. TTArtisan 50mm f / 1.2, mounts E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3, optical design 7/5, about $ 80 on AliExpress
  11. Zhongyi 35mm F / 0.95 Mark I, Fujifilm X mount, obsolete
  12. Zhongyi 35mm F / 0.95 Mark II, E, EF-M, X, + Micro 4/3 mounts, 11nd generation, much smaller, 8/XNUMX optical design, about $ 500 on AliExpress
  13. PerGear 35mm f / 1.2, Nikon Z, Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon EOS-M + Micro 4/3 mounts, 6/5 scheme, about $ 100 on AliExpress
  14. Brightin star 35mm f / 1.2, Z, E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3 mounts, available in black or silver, 6/5 layout, about $ 110 on AliExpress
  15. Neewer 35mm f / 1.2, for Sony E mount, 7/5 scheme, about $ 90 on AliExpress
  16. Neewer 25mm f / 0.95, E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3 mounts, discontinued
  17. Kaxinda 35mm f / 1.2, mounts E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3, scheme 8/5, about $ 80 on AliExpress
  18. Kaxinda 35mm f / 0.95, E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3 mounts, most likely similar to 7Artisans 35mm f / 0.95, about $ 190 on AliExpress
  19. Yaxall 35mm f / 0.95, E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3 mounts, most likely similar to 7Artisans 35mm f / 0.95, about $ 300 on AliExpress
  20. Kaxinda 25mm f / 0.95, E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3 mounts, discontinued, about $ 400 on AliExpress
  21. Meike 25mm f / 0.95, E, EF-M, X, Micro 4/3 mounts, discontinued
  22. Veledge 35mm f / 1.2, E mount, scheme 7/5
  23. Andoer 35mm f / 1.2, E mount, price about $ 130
  24. Mcoplus 35mm f / 1.2 MC, for Sony E mount, Fuji X, 7/5 scheme, about $ 130 on AliExpress

For Micro 4/3

  1. Zhongyi 17mm f / 0.95, optical design 12/9, about $ 350 on AliExpress
  2. Zhongyi 25mm f / 0.95, optical design 11/9, about $ 400 on AliExpress
  3. Zhongyi 42.5mm f / 1.2, optical design 9/7, about $ 300 on AliExpress

Do you know any more?

If you know any other similar Chinese lenses with a huge aperture - please write their names in the comments below this entry.

Materials on the topic:

  1. Full frame mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  2. Cropped mirrorless systems... Discussion, choice, recommendations.
  3. Cropped mirrorless systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  4. Digital SLR systems that have stopped or are no longer developing
  5. JVI or EVI (an important article that answers the question 'DSLR or mirrorless')
  6. About mirrorless batteries
  7. Simple and clear medium format
  8. High-speed solutions from Chinese brands
  9. All fastest autofocus zoom lenses
  10. All fastest AF prime lenses
  11. Mirrored full frame on mirrorless medium format
  12. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters
  13. One lens to rule the world
  14. The impact of smartphones on the photography market
  15. What's next (smartphone supremacy)?
  16. All announcements and novelties of lenses and cameras

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Comments: 71, on the topic: High-speed lenses from the Middle Kingdom

  • tryamer

    Kaxinda 35mm f / 0.95, ibid, from about $ 190 for the Sony E version, up to $ 240 for the others, including the MFT.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      thank :)

      • Andrei

        Arkady, I didn't see Zhongiy (or Yongiy) 65mm1.4 for GFX.
        And also according to Kazinda and others that I found 35mm0.95 (excluding the jungle) are a copy of 7art 35mm.095, they even have a shank of the same black color, the same scheme and shape of the lens itself.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          In the article I pointed out that the lists are compiled only for lenses with an F less than 1.4. Though Mitakon 65mm F / 1.4 and is a particularly fast lens for medium format, but it does not pass here according to the specified criterion. However, he wonderfully appears in the list of all ZHONGYI / MITAKON lenses .
          About Kaxinda 35mm F / 0.95 look, it is listed here (at the end of the block for “mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor or less”), like a similar Risepray 35mm F / 0.95... Anyway - thanks for the help.

          • Andrei

            Unfortunately for the GFX I no longer found lenses other than the native ones with a GF tail. In theory, it is the only fast one. Probably it could have been added as an exception because of its uniqueness. :-) If there are any on the GF without adapters and speedboosters, then I would gladly study this issue. Can you tell me?

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Yes, there are a couple more, of the type of especially high-aperture Irix 45mm 1: 1.4 Dragonfly, which comes immediately with the Fujifilm GFX mount

              + last year there were adaptations of Mitakon Creator 35/2, Mitakon Creator 85/2, Mitakon Creator 135 / 2.8 II for FujiFilm G mount.

              • Andrei

                I heard about Irix, yes. So it turns out there are only 3 parties. But the rest are only for ff options, somewhere you made a mistake, on the site you cannot select under G.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                the site cannot be selected under G.

                I do not quite understand what it is about

              • Andrei

                "+ Last year there were adaptations of Mitakon Creator 35/2, Mitakon Creator 85/2, Mitakon Creator 135 / 2.8 II for FujiFilm G mount."

                On the official website, mitokons cannot be selected under G.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                Yes, I was wrong, thanks

      • Andrei

        Regarding Zhongiy still, links to alik lead in most cases to outdated models (both just packaging and the lenses themselves. Officials have more expensive, but you can arrange delivery even to Russia (probably Ukraine) directly from the official site, and pay either by bank transfer or PayPal. I think there is no alternative here, because Alikovs sold are likely to be cunning. (I attach a photo of communication with Alik's seller, on the official site you can see the difference between the old and new packaging)

        • Arkady Shapoval

          I would be grateful if you point specifically to the outdated models. It's not entirely clear to me - these are really outdated models (by type Zhongyi 35mm F / 0.95 Mark I и Mark ii), or just other packaging.

          • Andrei

            Unfortunately, apart from packaging, I have no other information. They changed the packaging, as they said on sale on alika, three times. The last package is on the attached screenshot and it already contains a soft case for the lens, which I have not seen before. Did they change anything else - I don't know, there is nothing on the site except for three frames with packages - https://zyoptics.net/product/mitakon-speedmaster-35mm-f-0-95/

            • Arkady Shapoval

              Thank you, maybe this information will be useful to someone. Their packaging is pleasant to the touch.

  • koba

    and this is just the beginning ...

    • Pokemon

      And all manuals I suppose ...
      And you have to watch the result.
      Chinese marketers are good at drawing pretty numbers.

      • Andrei

        Depending on the tasks, there are more than enough manuals. Therefore, this is a good alternative to save money and maintain quality. For example, I came to the conclusion that for shooting portraits and headshots I would have had enough manual 35mm0.95 (specifically, I mean Zhongiy) and some Samyang 50mm1.2 (this one gives the same quality as the original) in the X system, unfortunately Zhongiy until I released 50mm0.95 and 85mm1.2 on X, I'm waiting ...

        • Pokemon

          As anyone.
          How for me to save on lenses for modern UPCs and put a kit on the Z7 or R5 - at least strange.
          And once again - it is unclear how much there is a decent picture and aperture in T-stops.

          • Pokemon

            There are native adapters, and besides Nikon or Canon you can put their autofocus motor lens from Nikon F or Canon EF through the adapter, respectively.
            I read about the experience of the owners of R5 / R6 - who are delighted to write that on modern UPC everything is fine on lenses from DSLRs, but someone was not very happy. But these are native glasses and having bought the same 50 / 1.2 or 85 / 1.2 at the flea market, you can then sell it back for the same money without losing anything.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              native Canon 50 / 1.2 in used condition from 1000 dollars. Above, I mentioned the 7Artisans 50mm f / 1.1 - $ 300+. And besides the indicated 50 / 1.2 and 85 / 1.2 (the first and second versions), there are simply no especially light autofocus under the ZK, which are easily adaptable to the BZK. You need to either look for old manuals like 50-55-58 / 1.2, which sometimes have an overpriced price tag because of their legend, or look at modern new Chinese solutions. Of course - to each his own

              • Jury

                manual Canon FD 55 f / 1.2 costs $ 250, and then you start to think - buy it or china.

              • Rodion

                But from this FD is much less useful than from the Chinese. Especially at the bzk.

              • Jury

                Rodion, why is there less sense, and even more so, for a bzk?

              • Rodion

                Yuri, because the fd is quite large with an adapter for the bzk. And the quality of all the old 50 / 1.2 is extremely doubtful. They have one picture for all, because the DSLRs are made almost according to the same scheme.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            those with a price tag above $ 600 have at least an interesting picture. The point is that there are no other analogues for sane money (up to $ 1000). For example, do you know a lot 50 / 0,95? Think of the Leica 50 / 0.95, which has a price tag of only $ 13.000 and only manual focus. You can recall the Niko 58 / 0.95, where the price tag is $ 8.000. At the same time, besides the Z7 II and R5, there are many cheap bzk, like the old Sony a7, a7r, inexpensive Canon Rp. For such cameras, a $ 50 / 1.1 would be just a great toy, maybe even a tool. By the way, Rodion, who often makes interesting reviews of different lenses, alterations (already over 300 materials from him on Radozhiv) took 150Artisans 7mm F / 50 (Leica M + adapter for Sony E) for himself, as far as I understood, the main reason is that this one of the few modern Sonnars with an airy Sonnar picture. Review will also be

  • Trueash

    I’m wondering why exactly the Chinese rushed in this direction, and not one of the giants?
    As far as I understand, achieving good optical performance at such apertures is not an easy task. And cunning glasses are needed, and all sorts of wisdom in calculations and manufacturing technologies ... Do the Chinese have something that more eminent companies do not have?
    Or purely commercial factors are at work here: “why fool around with 0.95, if 1,4 is going with a bang”?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Many factors, from the fact that these are all manual solutions and ending with the peculiarities of the Chinese market and production

    • Andrei

      Zhongiy (former Mitacon) uses a lot of special elements in his scheme, so these lenses are worth paying attention to, unlike 7art and other cheap copies.

    • tryamer

      For example, because the Chinese have a global Internet resource on which the whole world sits, and any of their crafts, at least within the limits of the circulation required for self-sufficiency, will be sold. That's why they do it. They can afford it.
      By the way, they have a range of mirrored lenses and are cheaper than future Rubinars. Factor of. And even if they are worse than future Rubinars, they will still sell better.

      • Trueash

        >> any of their crafts, at least within the limits of the circulation required for self-sufficiency, will be sold - Interesting idea. Very similar to the "IBM syndrome" (RCA, Nokia, PanAm, etc.) Fat whales turned out to be too clumsy and short-sighted, therefore they were overtaken by any playful and toothy small animals

    • Novel

      Hospadi, right now Koba will come here and for the fifteenth time will write a sheet about the successes of China. Why did you ask this ... Just smack almost any topic about Chinese lenses.

      • Trueash

        >> Hospadi, right now Koba will come here and for the fifteenth time will write a sheet about China's successes - Yes, even about the depth of field scale: D.
        And then I asked that I was interested in the opinion of practitioners. Discussion of lenses often turns into banal techno-lines (“but they have not a hundred lines in the corner, but only a hundred hundred lines!), But nevertheless, this gives some idea of ​​how bad or good a particular lens really is , and for what exactly.
        For example, if we are talking about, say, some "Olga" with one plastic lens, then what to expect from her is more or less clear. But lately, as far as I understand, the Chinese have begun to do very decent things. I cannot measure all of them, so the opinion of those who understand both photography and lens manufacturing technologies is interesting. The optical circuits are there and everything. And of course, the laws of the market have not gone anywhere.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Chinese lenses come from different manufacturers. As I indicated in this article, there are straightforward unique solutions. Many are with really good image quality, or with good quality, but small shoals. All in all they have a really good value for money. From practice - yesterday I filmed christenings at 7Artisans 35 / 0.95, filmed similar events using completely different techniques. Of course, it does not reach the Sigma 35 / 1.4 and 50 / 1,4 in the open, but in general it gives quite a digestible result. The real gain in aperture stop on my a3500 is immediately felt. Picture from 7Artisans 35 / 0.95 is “boring”, but for not boring, for example, there is 7Artisans 35 / 1.2 first version or 50 / 1.1 (both are similar in scheme to Sonnars). If to achieve autofocus 1.0 (not 0.95) under the crop, you need to look for an expensive FUJINON ASPHERICAL LENS SUPER EBC XF 50mm 1: 1 R WR, then 7Artisans 35 / 0.95 can be tried for a price 10 times lower right now. Of the recent Chinese lenses, I still remember the autofocus full-frame Yongnuo 85 / 1.8 (mirrorless version, with stepper motor)which is very, very good at F / 1.8, I don't even know if you could ask for better. And if these Chinese companies have achieved this in just a few years, then what will happen in 10-20 years?

          • Victor

            In 10-20 years, it may well be the same thing that already happened with Nokia & Siemens vs Huawei & Xiaomi.

            • Pokemon

              It will not be this.
              The Chinese can only steal technology.
              With Nokia, it's completely past.
              They were approached by a * bang from Microsoft, worse than Gorbachev, who ruined everything to hell.
              He allowed completely inadequate shoals in the management of Nokia, and after her death, he sold it to Microsoft and went to work back to Microsoft, where he had previously worked.
              This is a complete p-ts.

              • Pokemon

                In general, I wonder why there was no investigation into this reign of the sent Cossack from Microsoft.

              • Victor

                What's the difference who is to blame? “Sent Cossack”, the global financial crisis, or programmer Vasya from muhosransk?

                The result is important.

                When the focus on online services, multimedia technologies and, as a result, a large display with touch input became obvious, Nokla continued to rivet expensive mobile phones with buttons.

                When the revolutionary apple 3g appears to the world, the first android appears, Nokla rolls out a pitiful resemblance in the form of 5800 and the like on a simba absolutely crookedly adapted for touch input.

                When an excellent at that time iphone 4 appears, a lot of devices on eclair / froyo, the "Finnish giant" feeds the people with "revolutionary" Anna with Bella, slightly improved, but from this actually the same inconvenient to use tubes.

                And at the moment when spaceships ply the open spaces, MS is sold and funny pipes with 8GB of internal memory are released without the possibility of expanding memory (in 2012, Karl!), And this is not an epl “pay $ 200 and we will throw you another eight gigs worth $ 20 ", MS did not give a choice at all (cloud services, oga)

                In general, we are expecting the final.

                Siemens, Blackberry, Toshiba - did the Cossacks from Microsoft interfere with them too?

                It's just that whoever was able to adapt to the conditions of the market - he emerged (the same Samsung is an excellent example), and who was sluggish and clumsy - remained out of work.

                The Chinese already have enough technology to not only "steal", but also produce, let's return to the conversation in 20 years, I am more than sure that the balance of power on the market will be completely unexpected.

              • Pokemon

                Specifically about Nokia - there is a difference.
                I specifically read a bunch of materials like Nokia BEFORE, during and AFTER Stephen Elop's reign.
                Before Elop came, Nokia had the best cameras in mobile phones (together with Sony Eric), the best designers and some of the best engineers worked for Nokia.
                I read about the history of Nokia 90s and XNUMXs.
                BEFORE Elop came, it was the richest company with billions in accounts, a bunch of patents, and such that even once Apple suffered when their lawyers decided to squeeze some money from the suckers in the market. We were fond of Samsung, but they could not do anything with Nokia. IPhones were nothing for a long time and were based solely on the magic of Jobs. The filling sucks, the cameras of the first three are junk against the background of Nokia N1, N95, N93, N82, N86.
                After Elop came to Nokia (from Microsoft) in 2010, its ruin began.
                He then returned to Microsoft again and sold it to Microsoft, where they finally finished it off trying to push their galimo OS to the market.
                And all because someone (Steve Ballmer - CEO of Microsoft) had plans to launch a follow-up to Apple on the market, like we can too. Nichrome they could not. Most of Microsoft's purchases and endeavors have led to the same end. Satya Nadella, the next CEO of Microsoft, admitted that buying Nokia was probably a mistake.

              • Victor

                Well, as for the Best cameras, one could argue, rather one of the best, along with not only SE (by the way, at the time of the release of the k750, there was simply nothing to cover), but also Samsung (yes), and Siemens at first had good modules, it was he a little later, at the time of the release of the 7th series, that he poured everything into a pipe.

                And in general, what's the difference what kind of cameras were there?

                Jobs's “magic” consisted in EASY, above all, a pleasant UI and smooth work in general. Cameras pulled up later. Whoever stole what from whom is the tenth thing, in war all means are good.
                Android is convenient for the same, at first everything was not smooth, but now it is quite at the level, and even more preferable, because it is just as convenient, smooth, but does not have a bunch of stupid restrictions.

                Once again, the outcome is important. You can see who was in the top of mobile phone sales in 2000, and who is there now. Could someone think about it at that time? The same thing.

                Let's talk about it in 2040 :-)

              • Pokemon

                The main mistake of Nokia's shareholders is that they sat and watched everything that happened, as well as the pride of the board of directors when there were negotiations on Android. They then decided to go their own way. What path it turned out to be, everyone saw later.

              • Novel

                Well, Nokia would become ANOTHER phone manufacturer for Android. Because the world has already shared then and nothing third on the horizon is foreseen yet.

          • Trueash

            Thank! You have outlined everything very succinctly and informatively.

          • Arkady Shapoval

            However, I must note that 7Artisans 35 / 0.95 has a hidden jamb. Upon detailed analysis, it turned out that its actual aperture ratio in T-steps is much lower than T / 0.95

          • koba

            May I also add something to what has been said. Chinese manufacturers, like everyone else in history, have started and are developing their production. It is very difficult and impossible to release something unique right away, and it is also cheap. They started and we now have second generation products. These same Japanese manufacturers have been making products of all sorts for a dozen years, from excellent to outright trash. The Chinese have started very well and the current lines are better than the first. It usually takes up to 4 product generations to achieve really great performance. One generation takes exactly 4 years. Hence, we will see better quality in a few years. Yes, and now there are already quite decent products, and most importantly - available for ordinary users, otherwise, well, what's the difference or not Zeiss Otus, if its circulation is only 3000 copies, and an ordinary user cannot buy it. I myself was recently offered it for $ 1700 here in China, how can I buy it for $ 1700, although the new one costs 3700? Further, Chinese manufacturers DO NOT RELEASE goods primarily for the whole world (unless this is an order from outside, as often happens), they release them for their own people, this is exactly what is written in the documentation when registering goods inside China, and for this they receive great and real support from the state. The support is aimed at making the product as much as possible corresponding to the needs of Chinese buyers, for this the product is tested through local testers, in this case, photographers, professionals or amateurs, even by design. For example, if customers want a lens to look like a Lake lens, manufacturers make it similar to a Lake lens, use the same fonts, designs, etc. Then comes the circulation, say, the new ttartisan 55 / 1.2 lens was released in the first circulation of 55000 copies (in China this is easy to check) for the domestic market, as well as 15000 for export, based on pre-orders from dealers. So there is nothing surprising here, all manufacturing companies are constantly trying to expand and develop their products, otherwise they will simply close. And we can enjoy good and sometimes just great products at an affordable price. Let's be honest, sometimes it's not easy for many people to take even $ 100 from their own budget and spend on a lens for a million people around the globe. And lastly, as the closest and foremost market for their lenses, Chinese manufacturers choose the nearest Asian countries where people do not have large incomes, where an ordinary amateur can buy a used Sony Nex-5N or Nikon D80, then this is already a great success, and many local professional photographers point out that they have Nikon D700 and Nikkor 35/2 with large flash as their advantage.

          • Knight

            What did they achieve that other than motor support? These are manual lenses there is no need for much cleverness, before the Chinese there were cheap Krasnogorsk lenses. If they still did AF it would be generally good, but it's licensing or fines. This is beneficial only if you buy a license and flood the market with products, which should happen. And in manual lenses there is nothing convenient, no matter what aperture they are produced. All the more so for the Chinese for several years who have taken the leap of optics in binoculars and telescopes, where there are increased requirements for glasses. This is not a problem or an achievement for them. And for China, the price of manuals is too high.
            I am too young, but I opened a Soviet book on photographic equipment at my dacha, it contains the chemistry of the process of producing the necessary glasses, as if the reader will now go to the shed with all the reagents and make himself the glass of the necessary transparency, not to say that the glass is a big problem. But the rest of the lens arrangement and the convenience implemented in the body really cannot be done on the knee, but you will have to adjust it on a 3d printer

            • Victor

              Yes, as they say, n№ %% * - do not roll bags.

  • Eugene

    THANKS FOR YOUR WORK!

  • varezhkin

    yeah ... that's a little list! impressive ...
    PS I'm really looking forward to the review, joyful on nikon Z.

  • Basil

    Arkady, advertising is simply killing. You read the text, on some paragraph it only lasted 10 seconds, redrawing the screen and again at the beginning of the article. Well, it just infuriates, scrolled to the right place, read, again advertising crap and again at the beginning of the text. Well this is not the case. Shitty YouTube waved with insolent endless advertising .. how crazy everyone went with this advertising shit.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      let's figure it out

      • twm

        Yes, it will be (noticeably) convenient if the ad units learn to maintain their height when changing content.

        Now we have to look for the “escaped” text.

    • B. R. P.

      Install AdBlock in your browser.

      • Victor

        But then advertising will not generate income> _

    • Alexey

      open the source of the page. looking for all links other than this site's own. and register in hosts. then flush the DNS cache and enjoy the sterile screen.

    • BB

      In the 'version for the computer' mode, the ad is 'nailed' somewhere in the corners, nothing seems to pop up

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Risespray 35mm f / 1.2

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Kaxinda 25mm F / 0.95
    Meike 25mm F / 0.95
    Neewer 25mm f / 0.95

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added review on 7Artisans 35mm 1: 0.95

  • koba

    You can also add a Wesley 50mm F1.2 lens. It costs about $ 145 in China. Main characteristics - 9 elements in 5 groups, 12 aperture blades, 250-290g depending on the mount, filter diameter 55mm, MDF 43cm. It is produced for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras with APS-C sensor, as well as for Sony mirrorless cameras with an adapter already attached, that is, it initially has a long flange distance.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Thank you added. True, writethat he's full frame

      • koba

        I talked to the seller, it is also called WSL or in Chinese it was called Laowei, and so he confirmed that this lens covers a full-frame sensor. But there are inconsistencies - the leading advertising pictures contain lists of cameras from Canon and Nikon and they are all cropped, although Sony's list is all full-frame. The weight of a lens with 12 elements is not enough for a full-frame fifty-ruble lens with aperture of F1.2. Then I chatted on local forums with the owners and it turned out that it is not full frame, but it can almost cover it, 95 percent while maintaining acceptable quality in the corners. Its weight is exactly 248 grams (with the adapter for Sony - 293g), the focusing ring travel is 135 degrees. Someone compared with Nikon 50 / 1.2 and 55 / 1.2 and wrote that on open ones it surpasses them in sharpness in the center, but the nature of the background blur is not so soft, it has a very pronounced bokeh with bubbles. Someone also says that his real t-stop is about 1,4, which is not bad at all. Another owner says that on the crop it has almost no distortions, and on a full-frame sensor they are also small. The optical scheme could not be found.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added DZOptics Kerlee 35mm f / 1.2, Sony E, Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K mounts, 11/10 scheme, very sharp in the center at f / 1.2. Ebay is looking for $ 700.

    • Rodion

      There is even a review on it on the net. Lens - "aperture for the sake of aperture". In comparison with Nikkor 35 / 1.4 modern not so hot, apparently. At the same time, very dubious bokeh (a circle with an indistinct thick edging and a dotted maximum of brightness in the center - "peas") and so-so work in a backlight.

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Vlogmagic 50mm F / 1.1 and Veledge 35mm F / 1.2

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Yaxall 35mm 1: 0.95

  • Arkady Shapoval

    added Andoer 35mm f / 1.2

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Mcoplus 35mm F / 1.2 MC

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added full frame Brightin Star 50mm 1: 0.95 for E, Z, L, RF, X mounts

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Laowa Argus CF 33mm f / 0.95 APO, Z, E, X, RF mounts, 14/9 scheme, about $ 500, announced in May 2021

  • Arkady Shapoval

    Added Mitakon 50mm F / 0.95 Mark III for Leica L (Leica L version was announced 12.06.2021/XNUMX/XNUMX)

    • Konstantin

      Cool. I have been asking for this lens for such a bayonet mount for a long time)))

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