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Kamlan introduces it’s first full frame lens – available for the RF mount

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Kamlan has made some interesting APS-C lenses in the past, and now they look to branch out into the full-frame market.  With no electronic connections, it’s all manual focus and aperture settings, but you get a 55mm F1.4 lens for usually an excellent bang for the buck if their previous APS-C F 50mm F1.1 is any indication which happens to retail for $249.

The specifications of the lens are;

  • Focal length: 55mm
  • Full-frame compatible
  • Angle of view: 40.5 °
  • Open F value: F1.4
  • Lens configuration: 8 elements in 6 groups
  • Number of aperture blades: 13 elements
  • Shortest focal length: Approximately 0.3m
  • Focus adjustment: Manual focus
  • Compatible mounts: Sony FE, Nikon Z , Canon R
  • Weight:475g Dimensions: 76.5x66mm
  • Scheduled release date: May 2022

amfoto1

EOS M50
Aug 29, 2014
29
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I have the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 II lens in EF-M mount. It's a very impressive chunk of glass and metal. It has a very old school, very high quality feel. Even uses a metal lens hood. I just wish it had autofocus. I may be too old to go back to manual focus (manual aperture is no problem, thanks to Exposure Simulation). I'be been trying out a Sigma 56mm f/1.4 as a possible replacement, though I wish it were an f/1.2 or 1.1 too.
If the new Kamlan lens is as well made as mine and priced similarly, it will be a really good value for anyone comfortable with manual everything ( and no EXIF data).
 

SnowMiku

EOS 90D
Oct 4, 2020
135
93
I have a full manual EF Samyang 16mm f/2 (Designed for APS-C) and it's very good value for money.
 

BBarn

EOS M6 Mark II
Nov 2, 2020
90
80
If you're content with well-constructed fully manual lenses, there is a host of nice vintage SLR lenses at low prices that easily adapt to mirrorless ICL cameras.
 

Groundhog

EOS M50
Aug 23, 2014
25
11
If you're content with well-constructed fully manual lenses, there is a host of nice vintage SLR lenses at low prices that easily adapt to mirrorless ICL cameras.

To be fair, the prices for old/vintage/... manual lenses have gone way up in the last 5-10 years - especially for the better ones - so you sometimes will get similar value for money with modern manual lenses.