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The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Performs Better Than The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 (in the center)

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85

Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85

The folk at Lensrentals felt the pulse of the Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 lens. They did not test the lens for Canon EOS M mount, never the less I think the results are highly interesting. Says R. Cicala:

Let’s face it, everyone. Right in the center, even at f/0.85, the Ibelux 40mm is as good as, or a bit better than, the Canon 50mm f/1.2. Stopped down to f/1.4 (there’s no f/1.2 click on the Ibelux) it’s clearly better in the center. Away from center, the Canon is clearly better. This is an amazing optical performance, though, and for an f/0.85 lens, simply amazing. In my expectations at the beginning of this article, I never expected this lens to do this well in the center. I didn’t even consider it a possibility.

If you are a lens geek you can’t miss this post. It comes with charts, sample pics and a lot of technical talk.

The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 is not a cheap lens, selling at $2,079.99, which is a lot of money for a manually operated lens. The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 is available at B&H Photo and Adorama.

[via Lensrentals]

Specs and description after the break.

Specifications (taken from Adorama’s product page):

  • Fastest lens for mirror less system cameras in the world
  • Solid, durable lens construction comprised of anodized aluminum, brass and stainless steel
  • Ten high-precision iris blades open up circularly to produce stunning, unique bokeh
  • Superb low-light performance eliminates need for flash in darker environments

The Handevision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 High-Speed Lens for Canon EOS M Digital Cameras is a revolutionary lightning quick lens that fuses elite craftsmanship with stunning image quality. Its bright imaging quality and beautifully distinctive bokeh, even in low-light, singles out this lens among the rest. For Canon EOS M EF-M mirror less cameras, the lens delivers the 35mm equivalent of an 85mm focal length that is ideal for photo and video portraiture and other detailed studies. The remarkably shallow depth of field at wide-open aperture produces images of unrivaled aesthetic effect. And it is durable, too – its all-metal lens barrel is comprised of anodized aluminum, brass and stainless steel.

This manual exposure prime lens, the fastest within its category, is a product of merging the high-quality engineering standards of German IB/E Optics with cost-effective production infrastructure of China’s Trans vision. Extremely vivid image capture designed for both photography and videography Impressive clarity, sharpness and contrast with low chromatic aberration.

  • Cinekpol

    It’s not as easy as you make it sound. Overall contrast is significantly lower, sharpness is high only in a very, very small spot in center – you move 10% away from it and suddenly Canon is better. Oh, and perhaps most importantly – this lens covers only a tiny m4/3 sensor, while Canon works fine with Full Frame cameras.

    I get it, I get it – clickbait title is a good title – never the less – this lens sux just as everyone expected. Perhaps it doesn’t suck completely – but it still sux hard.

    • canonwatch

      the lens covers also the EOS M sensor, which is an APS-C sized sensor. The review by R. Cicala is very positive about the lens. Don’t think the lens is bad as you say.

    • Markthetog

      Roger noted that he used the Canon because that’s what he had. The lens performed much better than he had expected. As a hyper speed lens the typical use for this lens will be by bokeh fanboys taking uninteresting pictures that are largely unsharp anyway.

      • Cinekpol

        Well, fair enough – he might have very low expectations for this lens, and TBH: I’m not surprised. When random company out of nowhere makes super-bright lens – it obviously smells like garbage from a mile.
        Whatever it’ll be used by bokeh fanboys…. I don’t know – it’s bokeh is very disappointing in terms of character – sure, Canon 50 f/1.2 isn’t “great” either (more like: medicore; if not below-average for a prime lens), but it is better. Though…. I suppose you talk about those people who simply see super-bright lens and automatically assume it’ll have the best bokeh on a market – in which case you are right.

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