The Rise of Chinese Lenses and Top 7 Chinese Fujifilm X Mount Lenses

The Rise of Chinese Lenses

In the last few weeks, we covered a couple of new Chinese Fujifilm X mount lenses here on FujiRumors, such as the brand new 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 1:1 Macro and the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 MK II.

In 2019, a lot of buzz has been created also by the first third-party reverse-engineered autofocus X mount lens, the Chinese Viltrox 85mmF1.8, whereas in 2018 the Lawoa 9mm f/2.8 was the very best seller here on FujiRumors (yep, it sold better than ANY Fujinon XF lens amongst FR-readers).

Chinese lenses: the price is (mostly) low, the quality goes up and the sales expload!

In fact, I was looking at AmazonUS top 50 lenses ranking, and, at the time of this post, there are as many as 25 Chinese lenses amongst the top 50.

For Fujifilm X shooters we spot amongst the top 50:

  1. Meike 35mm f/1.7
  2. Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 AF
  3. Neewer 25mm f/1.8
  4. 7Artisans 35mm f/1.2
  5. Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 MKII
  6. Meike MK 25mm F1.8
  7. Meike MK-35mm F/1.4

See the full list of top 50 selling lenses here.

It looks like the lable “made in China” is no longer something photographers are too sceptical of.

Today I’d like to ask you if you own any of these lenses, and if you want, you can share your feedback in the comments down below. Your feedback might be helpful for the rest of the Fujifilm community.

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Kipon IBEGON 12mm f/2.8 for APS-C Announced

Kipon 12mm f/2.8

Kipon has just announcedthe Kipon IBEGON 12mm f/2.8 wide angle lens for Fujifilm X mount.

The Kipon IBEGON 12mm f/2.8 allows you to focus as close as 10 cm as opposed to the 18 cm of the Fujinon XF14mmF2.8 R.

The Kipon 12mm f/2.8 will be shipping in September and be available for pre-order ahead of release at AmazonUS, BHphoto and Adorama

Other Kipon lenses for Fujifilm X mount:

There are lots of third party lenses covering the 12mm range for Fujifilm X mount, in some cases just rebranded Meike or Samyang lenses:

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KIPON Baveyes 0.7x Focal Reducers Mark2 version with Upgraded Optic Starts Delivering

Kipon

KIPON start to deliver latest mark2 version to use upgraded optic system for both FF to Apsc& FF to MFT two lines Baveyes 0.7x focal reducers, can get the image with higher resolution, fit over 4K high density digital sensors. You can find Kipon adapters for Fujifilm ad BHphoto, AmazonUS and Adorama.

We remind you that Kipon already offers the following 3 autofocus adapters for Fujifilm:

The upgrad this time related to 26 models adapter under Baveyes lineup.

  • Baveyes EF-S/E AF 0.7x
  • Baveyes LEICA/R-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes NIKON-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes M42-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes Alpa-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes EOS-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes NIKON G-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes OM-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes C/Y-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes PL-S/E 0.7x
  • Baveyes EF-MFT AF 0.7x
  • Baveyes M42-m4/3 0.7x
  • Baveyes EF-m4/3 0.7x
  • Baveyes C/Y-m4/3 0.7x
  • Baveyes L/R-m4/3 0.7x
  • Baveyes OM-m4/3 0.7x
  • Baveyes PL-m4/3 0.7x
  • Baveyes LEICA/R-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes NIKON-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes M42-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes Alpa-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes EOS-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes NIKON G-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes OM-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes C/Y-FX 0.7x
  • Baveyes EF-FX AF 0.7x

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Kipon Baveyes EF-FX AF Autofocus “Speedbooster” Adapters Review

Kipon Baveyes EF-FX AF

When I was at photokina 2018, I stopped at the Kipon booth, and checked out the Kipon EF-FX 0.7x focal reducer (the quivalent of Metabones’ Speedbooster). Since I couldn’t test it, all I can say it that it feels very well build.

If you want to know more about it, definitely check out the Kipon Baveyes EF-FX ”Speedbooster” review at Mattias Burling Youtube.

PROS

  • all metal very sturdy build
  • USB port for firmware
  • similar results to Viltrox and Metabones focal reducers, and no so buggy like the Viltrox
  • AF for stills is pretty good

CONS

  • with some lenses swirly bokeh (the reviewers likes it, but some others might not like it)
  • X-H1 IBIS sometimes gives vignetting and ND sometimes creeps into frame
  • AF is not as reliable as native lens
  • not for streets and sports photography
  • Video AF is not great

You can purchase the following Kipon Adapters for Fujifilm:

Did You Miss It?

This week was pretty rich of adapters news. So in case you missed the previous articles make sure to check out:

  • fujirumors –  ZHONGYI Mitakon Canon FD to Fuji X Lens Turbo II Announced
  • fujirumors – Kipon EF-FX AF and EF-GFX AF Autofocus Smart Adapters Firmware 1.16 Released
  • fujirumors – Fringer EF-FX AF Adapter Eye Tracking tested on Fujifilm X-T3 with Canon 600mm F4 and Sigma 18-35mm F1.8

Kipon EF-FX AF and EF-GFX AF Autofocus Smart Adapters Firmware 1.16 Released

KIPON has released firmware version 1.16 for the following 3 autofocus Fujifilm X & GFX adapters:

It improves the issues below:

  • adding more lens data into firmware, improved lens compatibility
  • solved Canon 85mm f1.2 power on fail issue

Download link for Apple OS:

Download link for Windows:

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