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The next lens we're going to take a look at is a perfect example of what I would call sorting from Amazon.com by price and this is literally the cheapest lens I could find. I said why not, it was $25 and it's from a company called Fujian. >> Yeah, and for $25 you're probably not going to get, I don't know, ARRI Master Prime, Cook S2 kind of level precision, right? >> And to be clear, I didn't mispronounce Fujinon, this is Fujian, which tells me that this is probably an imposter lens or a knock-off lens, or some other smaller company.
>> Absolutely, but you know, the striking thing about this lens compared to say, some of the other sort of toy lenses we have like from Lomography and others, is that this is actually surprisingly well built. It's actually pretty heavy, it's an all metal construction on the barrel. The actual focus mechanism here actually has some dampening. So, yeah, I mean $25. I'm sold so far. >> Yeah and we just take that, same idea, you need to line up the dots and it's a little hard here. I believe that's the equivalent of a dot. >> And this is a Micro four-thirds lens.
>> Yes, and I'll turn that on. But they do make for other manufacturers. You can get, they have ones for like Sony and Fuji, and Fuji cameras. >> Got it. >> And what's nice about this is the distances there are actually marked out for the focal distance. And so, we can go from an aperture, in this case of 1.7, down to about 16, and it really does work as far as the manual ends. It's very easy to adjust the aperture on the fly. >> Yeah, and as we'll see when we take a look at some of the footage that we shot with these lenses, this is a kind of a cool look to this lens. Is it, you know, perfectly crisp and sharp? No, but it has a nice, what I would refer to as a nice character on the lens.
And when it comes to lens, character is half the battle as far as I'm concerned. And that's why you'll find people even there, when they're shooting with very high end digital cinema systems. You know, ARRIs and Reds and so on and so forth. That they're using lens from the '70s sometimes. Why? Because they really like the look, and this lens falls into that category. It's cheap, it's not going to win any awards for optical quality, but it sure is fun and it has a distinct look. >> Yup all would basically say is, is go to your favorite online retailer, pick your camera platform and go to lenses and just sort by price and see what comes up.
My feeling is, you know, and, and your all going to be at different points, >> Sure. >> But if it's less than $30, what's the harm in trying? You can always return it, if it doesn't work out for you. >> Absolutely.
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