Kamlan 55mm f/1.2 lens review with samples (Full-frame and APS-C)

Here’s another new lens from Kamlan – another very bright standard lens, but for Digital SLR cameras (Canon EF and Nikon F) (and a version for Sony E-mount, which I’m testing here today). It’s a little more costly than their 50mm f/1.1 lens which I reviewed recently – let’s see if the quality is correspondingly higher (spoiler – it is).

Here’s a link for purchase: http://amzn.to/2uWtreN

All pictures taken by me, on Sony A7Rii and a6300 cameras.

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Max Shean says:

I would go for an old Canon FD 55 1.2 instead. Half the price and lovely bokeh! Focusing is a bit tricky though…

tsy1992 says:

Kamlan literally means ‘suck dick’ in a Mandarin dialect

Abhishek Shah says:

@Christopher Frost, Hey, Can you test the Sigma 30 1.4 DC DN lens for Sony E mount (APSC) lens. Dxomark says its the sharpest lens for the E mount APSC system, not too expensive either.

Костик Константинов says:

извините, а как же APS-C?
excuse me, but what about APS-C?

Captain Zouave says:

Man, I wish these lenses had AF confirmation and exif data like Zeiss does on their manual lenses

Rachid Bennis says:

WARNING! your pictures are used on the Kamlan Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074WK2C2D

bobfromhull says:

I don’t touch anything you or Dustin doesn’t clear first.

Kevin Clements says:

Christopher is there any chance you will be able to get a Canon version to test it ? I’d like to get this but not until I see your review.

Peter Cheung says:

chris, plz review the mitakon 50 0.95 pro version

Andrew Montague says:

A good standard of review but it would have been nice to have your opinion on buying it or not, you were a little too diplomatic on that at the end and sounded like you didn’t want to offend Kamlan by saying that it wasn’t worth that money because there were better options out there.

ThaTyger says:

They took some design queues from the Pentax Takumar line.

Michael Moore says:

I personally find focusing f1.2 or even f1.4 to be very difficult. Not impossible but it requires a lot of small micro adjustments which are just not practical unless you are shooting fixed subjects.

jngosselin says:

Fun. It looks like an Helios lens copy…
Ergonomics, general design and Bokeeh are very similar to the famous soviet/Russian lenses.
This early production lens is loaned, it is good to know, but it would be better to test real retail production lenses to have a definitive and solid review.
On my personal experience, my dad used to be a car journalist for long years, and test cars loaned by press services where always better tuned and checked than mass production cars…

mrpringlehead says:

Hey – this is not directly related to this video but I need some advice and I’d appreciate your help as your videos are always so concise.

I currently have a Canon 550d with a kit lens and a nifty fifty, and I’m pretty happy with it, but I want a portable camera I can take with me cycling.

I have narrowed it down to either buying an a6000, or a Canon G7x II, or selling the 550d and Lenses and buying an a6300. Which would you suggest?

Thanks, and as I said before, I love the videos as they are so well produced and helpful!

Neil Jimenez says:

It looks like the Voigtlander 35 1.2!

munak992 says:

Cant believe the name of this lens, and it is from China.
In Hokkien this lens name means “suck dick”

lettersjunk says:

Hey chris, where did you get your test poster to check color/sharpness? I’d like to get one so I can get to know my old lenses more

Senthu flutebox says:

first ?

Trevor the Maniac says:

I like the way you review camera lenses. Straight-to-the-point and not talking too much about your own experience, that’s what I like on a camera lens reviewer. You did a great job, man!

P.S. Can I have some RAW image from this review? I am interested to retouch it on RawTherapee on Linux.

Jaime Almeida says:

This lens is awful in my opinion.
I’d rather buy the cheaper and better Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM and have money for more gear.

Rozely Lindim says:

this lens are quite strong contender for selling portraits to people.

Michel Topalian says:

This lens looks like the russian tair 11-A https://www.facebook.com/tair11a/ i hope you take a look on it its quite impressive

Alberto Marmi says:

Very nice lens, maybe the most cheapest lens for cinema use.

Rationalific says:

Very nice quality out of that lens. It is quite impressive for a manual focus lens made by a minor third party.

EJ Tech says:

Are you going to review the Sony E-mount POWUZOOUUM kit lens?

PolioVitruvius says:

Thanks! Looks like it is a lot sharper than the new Canon 50mm f1.2 L USM lens which is twice the price but has AF. Would be interesting to shoot the Canon L ISM with adapter on the A7R2 and your new test board.

Shang-Hsien Yang says:

The corner contrast is quite amazing at f/1.2!

DPGL Rayser says:

so… The Rokinon AF 50mm f/1.4 FE is in the same price range and give you the autofocus feature, The Karlam is a worth buy instead of the Rokinon/Samyang?

untouchable360x says:

$600? Only a few more hundred for a Sigma or Tamron. This thing should be $400 tops.

Utsav Prazoo says:

wouldnt it be better if i bought canon 50mm 1.4 usm instead of this? or samyang variant

Sam Sen says:

I bought the cropped sensor format version of this lens that has FL of 50mm and F/1.1 or so labeled. It came significantly cheaper than the price you mention here (About 25% of price of this one). LOVE it. Mine gives very sharp image, fully open, on Sony A6000 and no noticeable or distracting CA. Not sure but seems the cheaper one does better!

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