So, we finally got some time to sit down and write this review, and we must say, it was rather fun to play with this beautiful lens, it comes in some neat packaging that is reminiscent of a Leica or Voigtlander packaging.
To start things off, this cheap Chinese lens sells new on eBay for about $125, and has a relatively fast maximum aperture of f/1.8. We wanted to try this lens out because of the unique focal length and retro styling. We tested this lens over a 2 week period using the Fujifilm X-T10. Barrel distortion is heavily present in all of the images, though you can adjust the issue in post using lightroom. Surprisingly, I did not notice any chromatic aberration, and the images it produces stopped down to 1.8 are surprisingly sharp when the focus is nailed correctly ( keep in mind this in manual focus) so focus peeking will be your best friend when using this lens.
The above image was shot at f/1.8 on the Fujifilm X-T10. The lens really is a blast to use, and paired with the Fujifilm X-T10, it leaves a feeling of nostalgia, like you just did a photo walk with a Contax RTS. The focus ring is buttery smooth, and the click less aperture ring is great for video. Other than the heavy vignetting, we have little to complain about with this lens.
Overall thoughts on the lens:
If your on a budget and want to try something other than your 18-55 kit lens, this is not a bad choice. It offers great image quality at a very affordable price, and teaches you to really stop and think before you frame each shot. If you have the money to purchase the Fujifilm xf23mm f/1.4 instead, then that would be the recommended rout, but this is still a very worthy choice for your collection, and a great hobby lens that produces sharp images. It does take some getting used to with manual focus if you are new to it, but with regular practice, it becomes natural. If you want to enter the world of manual focusing, then we would recommend purchasing this over a Rokinon or Samyang lens. The images are sharper than a cheap CCTV lens, and it is a fraction of the price when compared to a Samyang lens. With that said, go on Amazon or eBay right now, well that is if you own one of the below camera formats.
Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for our next lens review, the Meike 50mm F/2.
Brows through some of the sample shots below that we took with the Zonlai 25mm f/1.8.
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