Fujian CCTV 35mm F1.7 (on Fujifilm X Pro 1) – User Review
This is an very good, and very easy to find, more importantly, it’s an very very cheap lens.
This lens it’s very interesting lens. The first time I heard about this lens it was about more than a years ago from an old friend. I don’t know how he knew this lens before most of the people, might be because he was born at the Fujian, which the place that Lens been designed and made. 😀 (I don’t think this is the real reason.) He told me some characters about this lens, and showed me some photos he took with he Sony Nex camera, it got my attention straight away.
About two weeks after, I went on a trip in China. I bought it from China most famous e-commerce website Taobao, which many people knew it now, it owns by Alibaba Group. It cost me about RMB 100 Yuan, which it’s about 16 USD, and it ships with a free Fujifilm X Mount adapter. I didn’t use it much when the lens came, until I nearly finished that trip.
I took the lens out at the last day when I was in China, and took some picture. The bokeh blow my mind!
This lens is all about Bokeh, nothing else!
This lens was originally designed for monitor of security system. And this is why this lens doesn’t now have 35mm full frame coverage, but it can be used on APS-C or M43 mirrorless cameras with an adapter. For APS-C cameras, because of 1.5X factor, it became an 50mm standard lens. And this is another reason I bought this lens for my Fujifilm X Pro 1.
This lens is not sharp! Well, it poorly designed. Put this way, if you just pay about 16 USD for a lens, you will not expect this lens will give some modern lens optical designs or any good optics. But I think because of this poorly optical designs and some really cheap glasses ( might not all of elements made from glasses, but this is an personal guess), it produces bokeh in an very different way, or very strange way.
Center of this lens is sharper than other areas, so I try to frame my subjects in the middle as much as possible. And I need to add some sharpness during post production of all the pictures produced by this lens.
If I don’t add sharpness, or becuase some of the photos taken at very high ISOs, I might just need to add some grains in LightRoom to make the photos looks like produced from films. Like the photo below.
For the handling, this lens is very small in size, and very smooth to focus. But, it’s an manual focus lens. With the latest firmwares update of Fujifilm X Pro 1, when focus with highlight peaking, it works great. It might need to magnify the focus point some times when you feel not confident, but generally this lens is easy to focus manually.
I would only give one tip to the people use this lens, which is always shoot it wide open. This lens won’t have sharp pictures even you step down the aperture, the lens is not design that way.
I had a lot of fun with this lens, and it’s one of the lenses that I won’t regret to spend money on. Well, for about 16USD, I don’t think anyone would feel bad about this purchase even if you don’t like this lens after tried it. 😀
Some of my friends think the bokeh from this lens look strange, but none of the people told this the bokeh looks bad, or don’t like the bokeh. But, you might need to judge it from your view point. Bokeh, it’s very personal taste thingy, every person might hold different opinions. For this reason, I would like to upload more photos than what I normally would do for an review.
I don’t have many other things to say about this lens, just like what I said at very beginning of this review. This lens is all about the bokeh. And my opinion is get one if you own one of the M43 or APS-C size mirrorless cameras. You won’t regret for 16 USD. 😀
If you want to buy this lens from outside of China, just do a search on ebay. Use Keywords “Fujian CCTV 35mm F1.7”, then buy it from any seller you preferred.
Here are some more photos, judge the lens from your taste.