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f/1.1 AND image quality? It’s back: Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Mark 2 lens review and comparison

Check out the Kickstarter campaign – the lens is going at a reduced rate for now!

Kamlan’s original 50mm f/1.1 lens offered an amazingly wide aperture at an amazingly low price. Now, for a bit more money ($250), can we get improved image quality?

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21 thoughts on “f/1.1 AND image quality? It’s back: Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Mark 2 lens review and comparison

  1. Thanks for the excellent, non-subjective analysis of the lens. One thing that I always tried to find is a good comparison between a cheap modern and fast lens and a vintage fast lens of the same price. Given that many of these cheap lens are manual, they are somewhat equivalent to old lenses, at least from the focus stand point. For the same price, how do Kamlan, 7Artisans and Mitakon lenses compare with Vintage lenses of the same or similar focal length and minimum aperture? Can vintage lenses compete with these cheap lenses in terms of sharpness and other desirable characteristics?

  2. The sigma comparison was a great touch. Really appreciate you making this video, very educational. Jumped on the kickstarter before seeing this video and now I have a good idea of what paying for a sigma lens would have gotten me. The Kamlan mk 2 will be a fine addition.

  3. I would love to see a compare and contrast of this lens for canon vs the canon f1.8 stm with the viltrox speedbooster. The effective focal length would be different though.

  4. When checking the corners, since its a portrait lens can you focus expand the corner and re-focus for the corner? Ive noticed some lenses improve greatly when doing this as the focus field isnt entirely flat, and for portraits you really only wanting one particular area in complete focus. Though extreme corners probably not very important anyway.

  5. I'm curious how it compares to the Mitakon 35 ii – I know it's a different focal length but they're both super wide aps-c primes

  6. Love your videos! What lens (>= 900€) would you recommend for a Canon EOS 60D? I already have a 40mm and a 50mm, but I'd like a versatile zoom lens that goes from wide-angle to atleast 80mm. 🙂

  7. Kamlan 50mm f1 1 is a toy lens, unusable for any professional purpose. Is just a waste of money, save your resources and buy a decent lens.

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