Zonlai 22mm f/1.8 lens review with samples

Here’s the first in a new line of lenses by Chinese company Zonlai: a 22mm f/1.8 manual focus lens, for APS-C mirrorless cameras (Canon EOS M, Fuji X, Sony E, and Micro 4/3 mount). It’s a very low-budget option – let’s see if it’s a cut above the competition.

All pictures taken by me on Sony a7r ii and Sony a5100 cameras.

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Alexandro Martinez says:

Hey Chris ! Can you review the 7artisans 35mm f1.2 for Sony crop cameras! It’s only $145 usd

Ziyang Zhang says:

The body design of this lens probably make it pair well with Fuji cameras!

John F says:

Do you think I can mount this lens (Canon mount) on a Canon EF to M43 focal reducer to a M43 body? Thanks.

Collin Calcote says:

really interested in this for astrophotography!

Rage Studios says:

Interesting new lens, came very close as the kamlan 28mm f1.4

prosper says:


Joshua Mack says:

Wish the Manufakturers would design these small lenses for fullframe more often

Shang-Hsien Yang says:

Have you heard the amazing news of the Laowa 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 full frame lens, the 100mm f/2.8 2:1 macro lens, and the 25-100mm f/2.8 APSC lens?

Captis Colorum says:

Does this strike you as the same lens as the 7artisans 25mm f1.8? I have noticed this lens appearing more and more, but it strikes me as being the same lens, just with some slightly different casing, for example, a different aperture ring. Curious to hear you thoughts. Kind regards.

D'Works says:

everything screams Laica knockoff …..zonLAI …font on the lens….lenshood….and the lens itself.

Archontasius says:

There is an apsc cctv 25mm f1.4 thats smaller and cheap (50$). Sharp as hell becauze its purpose is to identify criminals, but poor contrast.

It is My favourite len for travel

Angelo Oportus says:

Thank you very very much for this review. I was looking for this lens since I love 35mm focal on full frame, and I use inexpensive gear for walk-around photography because of the stealers. It is compact and very sharp as you showed on this video. Definitively I’m going for it. Thanks!

Mick says:

First ;D

BaddaBigBoom says:

It looks like a 1950s Leica lens. I’ll stick with my 1950s Leica lens 🙂 Thumbs up for the review nevertheless.

Amr Zriek says:

Why did you delete your previous video

Block Novice says:

What adaptor would I need for the Canon M3?


I bought this lens for under 100$ in China when it first released, the manual focus is tricky, from infinity to 1.5m just needs a little bit turn on the focus ring, within that range it’s difficult to make precise adjustments

Sean Phạm says:

Wow, a gem at 160$. Thank you so much for this review. I was gonna go for the samyang 21mm

Juan Sebastian Celis Maya says:

Cristopher. Could you tell me briefly how is your setup to photograph the sharpness test chart?

And also approximately how big is it?

Thank you so much! I love your videos and have watched almost all of them!

dee2dee2dee2 says:

Impressive results for 160$

Rozely Lindim says:

this tiny lens will attract enthusiast.

Aldrin Detablan says:

why these chinese lenses? tsk!

Mr. JAM says:

I think C-mount lenses like CCTV lenses manufacturers are now making small mirrorless camera lenses. Original C mount lenses are really cheap.

SuperFkv says:

Thanks again and greetings from Denmark

Pedro Ampuero says:

Thank you for trying this lens, on AliExpress I had seen it and I was curious about it, some youtubers have reviewed it, but I do not trust them, they do not do it with the thoroughness that you do. thanks Christopher

Colin Bloodworth says:

Nice to see even more affordable mirrorless options. Great review, Christopher.

theizza68 says:

My dream lenses for apsc cameras are 24mm f1.4 and 60mm f1.4. They’ll never be made.
Thanks for the sharing.

Mohit Hoskote says:


Gianna Giavelli says:

it would be more valuable in a nikon mount, so with a metabones I’d get 1.4 and 35mm on my m43

jake gao says:

please do a review for the sony a7III vs. sony a7rIII

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