Yi 42.5mm f/1.8 lens for USD 80 (free shipping)

ibd

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Found this offer through suggestions:
US $78.36 25% OFF|For YI M1 42.5mm F1.8 Fixed Camera Lens for Panasonic GF6 GF7 GF8 GF9 GF10 GX85 G85 For Olympus E PL9 E M5 Mark II E M10 Mark II-in Len Parts from Consumer Electronics on Aliexpress.com | Alibaba Group

Could be a good option for portraits if you don't have such a lens yet.
Some reviews on youtube compare it to the Olympus 45mm f/1.8, and say it gives about the same image quality.
The advantage of the Yi lens is that it offers a dedicated "macro" shooting mode and then can get much closer.
The disadvantage of the Yi lens is the handling. It's larger (though same weight), and the focusing ring is fake (so you'll only get AF, no MF).
 

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Anyone buy one? I'm thinking about it but aliexpress always gives me worries about fakes on equipment like this.
 

ibd

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Anyone buy one? I'm thinking about it but aliexpress always gives me worries about fakes on equipment like this.
Yi is a Chinese brand and this is a niche product (and already cheap) so you're not going to get a fake there. I always check reviews as well. FWIW, I have probably ordered hundreds of articles, including smartphones for the family, on AliExpress and I've never had (big) problems. The biggest annoyance I've had was maybe an article taking a long time to ship or something bring sent in the wrong color. :)
 

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Would not be the first time the copy is better than the original!! :D
 
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On almost all occasions, the delivery from aliExpress has been excruciatingly long and I almost forgot I ordered stuff from them only to be reminded one fine day because it showed up in my mailbox. My recent few items have taken close to 2 months but were all dirt cheap anyway so I couldn't care less. I just might bite on this!
 

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