Kamlan 50mm F1.1 Review – $160 Lens With Shallow Depth of Field

For $160, it is hard to go wrong with this 50mm lens. Af F1.1 you’ll find yourself lost in shallow depth of field and those yummy blurry backgrounds! All that said, there are some downsides you should consider.

You can get the Kamlan 50mm F1.1 can be found below with the following mounts:

Sony E/NEX
Micro Four Thirds (MFT, M43)
Fuji X/FX
EOS-M Mount
Nikon N1

Kamlan 50mm F1.1 Lens
Amazon: http://geni.us/NF0T
eBay: http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?icep_ff3=9&pub=5575079859&toolid=10001&campid=5337460102&customid=&icep_uq=Kamlan-50mm+F1.1&icep_sellerId=&icep_ex_kw=&icep_sortBy=12&icep_catId=&icep_minPrice=&icep_maxPrice=&ipn=psmain&icep_vectorid=229466&kwid=902099&mtid=824&kw=lg

Very fast
Great shallow depth of field even with wide shots
Build well
Solid mount
Smooth rings
Sharp in center past F2.0

Always soft edges
Soft at F1.1

As an affordable budget lens, this isn’t a hard decision. Love this lens for getting shallow depth of field at almost any distance!

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Ravel Therapy says:

Question… i’m using GH4 for shooting in 4K. I have a very very small filming studio. I think it’s 10 x 11. Maybe even smaller. Would I get even blurrier background if I used a meta-bones speed booster and bought this lens for a full sensor camera?

Desolo Zantas says:

Sony should make a 50mm f1.0 with Autofocus if China can make something like this and yet so small

Mahmoud Henna says:

How can I use this lens with Canon 700d

gok91096 says:

some digital zoom could be good to get rid of that corners

Ed Vizenor says:

Will this work with the GH5? Do I need an adapter?

Geoff Longford says:

Bokeh is such a shit wanky word so butcher it’s pronunciation as much as you want.
I refuse to say the word,ever.
The day I do,well,somebody hit me with a big blunt object.

R2 Fit says:

Hi There Caleb, I found your channel recently and I’ve been “binge-watching” your content… I was wondering if you could try to include a bit of Nikon on your channel, since it is all about DSLR Video, Lenses, Tips for Videos, etc… Your content is top notch!

Monk says:

It’s only for tiny sensors. Pointless …

Bushido Photo, LLC says:

You said Bokeh correctly! Nice review as usual…

Derrick Vision says:

Do they make this lens with a mft mount? I have a gh5 and I cannot find a mft mount anywhere?

tan hock jun says:

It’s should be the cheapest F1.1 lens… but just don’t tell people about the brand name…

Dominic Jackson says:

nice review thanks

John H. Maw says:

I have a question. Would you be better off (optically and financially) by buying a manual focus 50mm and an adapter? I already have a Minolta MD 50mm F1.7 which I have de-clicked and the shallow depth of field is enough wide open. The simple adapters cost so little on eBay. There is obviously the option to buy a focal reducer as well so you get two fields of view from one lens. As it happens I also have a 21mm, 28mm and 135mm as I started with manual focus Minolta cameras so these were in the bottom of a cupboard.

Anyway, another great review. Thanks.

craigavonvideo says:

Hi Caleb, looking at this review it seems that the sharpness is something similar to the C-mount lenses (with blurring / de-focus at the edges). Would it be better to just go for a cheap C-mount for wide apertures, and maybe a cheap Minolta/Canon/Yashica full frame lens for anything above f2.8 as (when they are stopped down slighty) they can be really sharp edge-to-edge but still give a good “vintage” look on a budget.

Justin's World says:

I do say, the edge softness gives a dreamy look. I like the character it gives. I kinda want to get it now xD


Seems like a good deal. But can we use it for shooting the links in a tight room of 12 ft by twelve feet. I have a sony 6300 (which i am yet to explore). I make youtube videos and chose 6300 for its low light application. Will this lens be a good investment?

John Perovsky says:

Why so orange skintone?

Donald Trump says:



Is this an apsc lens? Does not work with a full frame sensor?

Fishing Man says:

Between Olympus 50mm F1.8 and Kamlan 50mm F1.1, Which one is better to buy?

Brandon Simmons says:

I like your videos but you are nobody to say something looks stupid just because you couldn’t find a way to make close ups of the glass rim look good; Tarantino does it like 20 times in Pulp Fiction during the heroin scene.

Brian Cullen says:

3:27 surely you can geta landscape in focus?

Chuck McNeice II says:

Warning, could case you to get your creative on.

jatniel chamaquito says:

Is good for nikon ?

Thinking Art Entertainment says:

Hey everyone! Thought you guys may be interested in this short horror film we made for Halloween this year. We filmed on a Canon 5d and it was funded for under $100 at Home Depot. I would love to hear what you guys think.

Marco Rosales says:

Caleb, you’re simply the best. Keep up the great work mate!

EposVox says:

Hey guys-it’s-Caleb-here WITH DSLRvideoshooter and TODAY…

AndrewSun15 says:

It’s actually pronounced BoKahahahaaaaAAHHH.

Pak Productions says:

if i buy the canon eos m mount version could i use the lens for my canon 7d or would i have to get an adapter?

Hamid Arabzadeh says:

@dslr video shooter
You are the best Vlogger in photography/videography field.
Right to the point.

bunna tang says:

it should have one more focal correction element to sort out the blur edges

Ryan Doyle says:

How well would this work with a G85 and a Metabones Speedbooster?

carl porter says:

Could you explain a bit the set up ( camera, lens, light) used to record the aperture blades while rotating ? would be much appreciated thanks !

viralvideopromotion says:

I think soft edges is a cool effect

Jaya Prakash says:

Hi, witch is the best filter for GH5 in day light shoot .now I am using 12-35-f2.8 lens.can u suggest.
Thank you..!

DarkerKn1ght says:

Technically, bokeh is a japanese word, pronounced “Boka”

Foto4Max says:

Field curvarture is the Word you‘re looking for… :–}

Gameboy Zero says:

Great review. Thank you!

Alecon says:

Can I use this on a d3300?

Bojan - Haron Markicevic says:

Hi caleb. I really like look you have on those videos when showing lens capabilities. Do you shoot in log or with some in camera profile without grading after. Thank you.

Brian Cullen says:

It’s not boket is boket 😉

Shane Phototempist says:

Any clue why the lense on an A7 has a vignette to it. How do I fix that

Sumanth K says:

nice lens but on aps c i feel its too zoomed in for my taste

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