Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 is a $170 bokeh beast

Oct 16, 2017

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Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 is a $170 bokeh beast

Oct 16, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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In his recent video, Kai Wong showed you five 50mm lenses you can buy for less than $100. This time, he shows you a Chinese “bokeh master” – Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 manual focus lens for APS-C bodies. It’s a bit more expensive ($170), so it didn’t get onto the previous list. But judging from Kai’s review – it’s a keeper. Don’t let the price fool you.

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While it really doesn’t cost much for such a fast lens, it doesn’t necessarily mean it sucks. There are several positive features of this lens, and let us start with the one from the very title: bokeh. It’s the first thing I’ve noticed, and Kai points it out as well. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 gives you wonderful, swirly bokeh. I realize it’s not everyone’s preference, but I love it.

Another positive (and probably unexpected) feature is that this lens shows very little vignetting, even when wide open. Also, the in-focused bits seem pretty sharp, as far as I can see from the photos.

As for the negative sides, there’s some fringing in high-contrast areas. While the center bits are sharp, there’s some glow in the off-center ones. Finally, the lens is manual, so it can be difficult to nail the focus, especially when filming.

Since this is an f/1.1 lens, I wish Kai took some photos in low-light conditions as well. I’d love to see how it performs when it’s not used in bright daylight. Here are some shots Kai took:

When compared with the five 50mm lenses Kai previously presented, he proclaims Kamlan “the Bokeh Beast.” How does it seem to you when compared to the other 50s?

While there are certain drawbacks to this lens, just remind yourself – it’s a 50mm f/1.1for just $169. You can hardly find such a fast lens for that money, even if it’s manual and/or vintage. Yet, despite the low price, the quality doesn’t seem bad at all. So, if you want to satisfy your gear acquisition syndrome and get a fast 50mm without guilt, this seems like one of the solutions.

Update: other than Sony E mount version I linked at the beginning of the article (and which Kai uses), you can also get Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 for Fujifilm X, Canon M and Micro Four Thirds mount. There’s no Nikon F or Canon EF mount version of this lens.

[50mm f/1.1 – Bokeh Beast for $160! | Kai Wong]

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21 responses to “Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 is a $170 bokeh beast”

  1. Maxime Catella Avatar
    Maxime Catella

    does it exist a canon version ?

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      Canon M mount only.

  2. Díarmaid Rónán Avatar
    Díarmaid Rónán

    check this out Caleb Purcell :o

    1. Caleb Purcell Avatar
      Caleb Purcell

      Want!

    2. Díarmaid Rónán Avatar
      Díarmaid Rónán
  3. Liam Bluck Avatar
    Liam Bluck

    Kaiman wong has done a review on YouTube.

  4. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Why no Nikon ??

    1. pincherio Avatar
      pincherio

      Because it’s such a small lens. It’s made for APS-C or smaller mounts. If you want a bright Nikon 50mm, get a Nikon one instead. They have one of the widest selections of manual and AF 50mms.

      1. stewart norton Avatar
        stewart norton

        Dude, ASP-C has nothing to do with the mounts is the sensor size and Nikon has loads of ASP-C bodies.

        1. pincherio Avatar
          pincherio

          Nikon has a 50mm f1.2. They also have a 58mm f/1.2. These work with full frame cameras as well. Why no Nikon? Sheesh, go figure that out

          1. stewart norton Avatar
            stewart norton

            Same with Yongnuo lenses Canon ones come out ages before Nikon..why ?|

  5. Bruce Kinnaird Scott Avatar
    Bruce Kinnaird Scott

    do they do a nikon version?

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      Unfortunately, nope.

    2. Bruce Kinnaird Scott Avatar
      Bruce Kinnaird Scott

      Shame

  6. Motti Bembaron Avatar
    Motti Bembaron

    No Nikon version… :-(

  7. Jon Ceballos Plus Avatar
    Jon Ceballos Plus

    Anyone know of something similar for a Canon mount?

    Marvin you’re usually In the know when it comes to cheap lenses

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      This one has Canon mount version – but Canon M mount. :/

    2. Marvin Herrera Avatar
      Marvin Herrera

      Its manual focus so you could probably buy the Sony mount and get an adapter for it since you dont have to worry about autofocus. I see most people do the reverse, they’ll buy an adapter for their canon lenses and stick them onto sony mirrorless.

  8. Rosario Corrao Avatar
    Rosario Corrao

    attacco Pentax ? K

  9. WARPSTAR_JP Avatar
    WARPSTAR_JP

    Why not PENTAX?

  10. PaulC Avatar
    PaulC

    Are you reviewing the Mark 1 or mark 2 version of the Kamlan 50mm F1.1 lens?

    They have a different size, design, image quality and cost.

    ps – since the majority of this article is lifted from the work of another content creator, I hope you have licensed the copyright