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Showcase Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 - the ultimate budget portrait lens?

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Dalleponken, Feb 24, 2018.

 
 
  1. Dalleponken

    Dalleponken New to Mu-43

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    Jan 5, 2013
    For the extremely low price this is a must for anyone interested in portraits! Build quality is amazing for the prize!

    This was taken with and OM-D EM-5 MkII in available light, by Borough Market, London P2230690.
     
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  2. bremner

    bremner Mu-43 Regular Subscribing Member

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    Feb 27, 2016
    Interesting. Did you order it from China?
     
  3. Dalleponken

    Dalleponken New to Mu-43

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  4. Taurahe

    Taurahe Mu-43 Veteran

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    Nov 24, 2015
    Brandon
    This lens has been on my radar for a while now.... At 1.1 it is not perfect but man... 1.1 for 150 bucks lol. On m43, any issues with soft edges appear to be gone, making it one heck of a deal.... But I already have 5 50mm lenses, and cannot justify another one lol. Maybe if I can find a cheap used one somewhere one of these days.
     
  5. Dalleponken

    Dalleponken New to Mu-43

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    Jan 5, 2013
    I say get rid of one of the other 50mm lenses and get this one instead. Edges are of course a bit blurry and has a fair bit of CA, but the center is sharp, it has a very warm color tone and the sort of low contrast you really want in a portrait lens, especially for shooting in available light. A lens for creating images that are artistically pleasing rather than one that is pixel-peeping pleasing.
     
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  6. saladin

    saladin Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 29, 2015
    jason
    Quite interested in this lens. Only 5 lens elements and a hint of swirl in the bokeh. Very old school.
     
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  7. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    @AllanG@AllanG kindly met up with me and let me borrow his Kamlan 50/1.1 for an hour or so.
    I went for my usual backlit subjects rather close to the camera.
    While I was not expecting M.Zuiko sharpness I like what this lens can do with an easy to use manual focus (smooth and accurate focusing).
    I only was interested in wide open performance and bokeh since I have several other lenses in 50mm that work rather well stopped down. I don't think that is the main goal for this lens.

    29444039077_28498fe59a_h. dragon on Kamlan by gnarlydog, on Flickr


    Flare was intentionally induced in this image:

    43663502384_5bf084b608_h. afternoon softness by gnarlydog, on Flickr
     
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  8. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    Allan
    Very nice images Damiano - now I won't have to rigorously test the lens as you have shown what it can do. Thanks for the day.
     
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  9. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
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  10. AllanG

    AllanG Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 26, 2014
    Brisbane, Australia
    Allan
    You really have shown the Kamlan's abilities when imaged wide open far better than I could have.
    I'll have to brush up on my manual focusing abilities.
    Well done again Damiano.
     
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  11. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    thank you, too kind.
    As discussed on the day, I prefer to use focus magnification (to assist accuracy) over focus peaking. I find that focus peaking gives me an approximate "range" of focus field but at f1.1 I feel that it might be slightly arbitrary.
     
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