Not a very good lens but does it matter?
10 Jul 2021 10:02AM
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So A couple of years back, Amateur Photographers list of possible presents for Christmas (I think it was) included a Fujian CCTV lens, all the way from China for under £20. I bought one, and it gives rather charming results. I can envisage a few glamour photographers buying them for a Sliver-like dont you like to watch set of pictures. (I remain a Sharon Stone fan.)
But you can have too much of a good thing, as I proved to myself when I bought a 50mm f/1.4 Fujian in the hope of even better things. And while the 35mm has faults that add charm to the Bokeh and dark corners on full frame cameras, the 50mm has FAR more of them.
Neither lens has click stops, and a diaphragm with plenty of blades changes from near-circular at full aperture to a long and thin rectangle when stopped well down before closing completely. There arent any index marks for either aperture or focus, so they might as well not be marked: though at least the 35mm lens has the f-stop sequence the right way round the 50mm markings, if you can see them, mislead you as to which way to turn the ring
It doesnt stop there (pardon the pun ) While the 35mm optic focusses to infinity more or less at the end of the focus movement, the 50mm goes way past infinity, and goes no closer than around four and a half feet: most 50mm lenses go down to one and a half feet, not one and a half meters! The package I received included a couple of extension tubes as well as the Sony mount adaptor, but these bring the furthest focus down to a few feet. It doesnt feel well thought-through.
Both lenses appear to be available still, at vastly varying prices, and I believe that theres another branding with the same optics in a more user-friendly lens body. AP reckoned that this was worth the extra money, at nearly double the price. Im less sure!
If weird appeals, for the price of a cheap meal out, you may want to give one of these lenses a go though unless you have gone mirrorless, you will never achieve infinity focus!