KamLan 50mm F1.1 Mark I : Is it really so bad?

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Tom Schum
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Re: KamLan 50mm F1.1 Mark I : Is it really so bad?

Il Mostro wrote:

Not bad at all, but I think a lot of people like to shoot this (and similar) lens wide open in order to use its inherent "flaws" to create unique images, similar to the way the Helios lenses are used.

Of course this is true! The Mark II came with a 4x ND filter accessory, I'm sure with this F1.1 shooting in mind.

I also have a Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Mark II lens, and it is excellent. I have used it with a 8x ND filter to shoot in daylight wide open, and it delivers some very nice results this way:

Mitakon 35mm F0.95 at F0.95, using 8x ND filter.

I have tried shooting at F1.1 but not for street. At longer focus distances maybe 20ft and more, it should be easier to keep the subject in focus. But for portraiture, the depth of field is so shallow that I think I really need good autofocus to nail the sharpness in a living breathing person. Manual focus just isn't fast enough.

I've gotten great results doing portraiture at F2 from the Mark I lens. See:

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1438043515/albums/kamlan-50mm-f1-1-original-version

I've gotten some nice bokeh-filled images from the Mark II lens too. See:

https://www.dpreview.com/galleries/1438043515/albums/kamlan-50mm-f1-1-ii

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