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KamLan 28mm F1.4 APS-C Lens (2018)

MSRP 199 USDNeoscore 59%NEX score 71%

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Product Overview

KamLan 28mm F1.4 is a large-aperture manual-focus normal prime lens for Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Micro Four Thirds-mount, and Sony E-mount. It covers the APS-C image circle. Introduced by KamLan in 2018, it has 8 elements in 7 groups.
Manual focus may be limiting to some, but purists will find it much more engaging. There are also fewer things to go wrong on the long run.
A normal prime lens, the KamLan 28mm F1.4 has the potential to be one of the most used and ultimately versatile option in a photographer's bag. Usually the easiest to design and to QC, it is a great option for landscape and street photography. Its bright maximum aperture also helps night and portrait works.

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Ratings

What we found**

Neoscore: 59% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Bright maximum aperture
  • Smooth rendering
  • Rather sharp for what it is
Cons
  • Not the highest build grade

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Very nice bokeh with good color rendering
Cons
  • Distorsion is visible but not too important and can be easily corrected manually in Lightroom
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Specifications

Construction

Aperture Blades
11 blades
Form Factor
Normal Prime Lens
Image Size
APS-C
Lens Barrel
Physical aperture ring, Distance scale, DoF scale
Lens Mount
Canon EF-M-mount, Fujifilm X-mount, Micro Four Thirds-mount, Sony E-mount
Optical Formula | Elements
8 elements
Optical Formula | Groups
7 groups
Optical Formula | Special Glass
6 HRI elements groups

Dimensions

Filter Diameter
52 mm / 2.05 in
Size | Diameter
55 mm / 2.17 in
Size | Length
65 mm / 2.56 in
Weight
384 g / 13.57 oz

Function

Angle Of View
54.5° Diagonal | 46.4° Horizontal | 31.9° Vertical
Aperture
f/1.4 ~ f/16
Autofocus
No
Crop Factor
1.5
Focal Length
28 mm
Focal Length (35mm Equivalent)
42.0 mm
Focus Type
Internal
Image Stabilization
No

Performance

Max Magnification
0.15x
Min Focus Distance
250 mm / 9.84 in

Production

Debut
2018-06-01

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External Reviews

sonyalpha[1]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from sonyalpha have found the following***:
Kamlan 28mm F1.4 for Sony APSC-C bodies is the new lens from Sainsonic/Machang Optics, a relatively new Chinese optics company. The lens is proposed to be financed on Kickstarter here, for a discount price of 149$ instead of 200 $ ici This is the 3rd lens I am reviewing from Sainsonic, and I must say they become better and better.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good sharpness wide open that will be perfectly ok for portraits of object details, closing it down and it becomes excellent
  • Very nice bokeh with good color rendering
Cons
  • Distorsion is visible but not too important and can be easily corrected manually in Lightroom
  • Flare resistance seems good but I had a lot of cloud when I tested the lens Chromatic aberrations can sometimes be strongly present but in general are quite low

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Kamlan 28mm F1.4 (APS-C). [sonyalpha]. https://sonyalpha.blog/2018/05/31/kamlan-28mm-f1-4-aps-c/. 2018-05-31. Retrieved 2022-01-27.

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