Would you mount a large, metallic pink lens to your mirrorless camera? If it's super fast, you might. Kipon is banking on the distinctive color of its incredibly fast 40mm f/0.85 lens to attract consumers, but Kai Wong delves into why it's more than just a pretty lens.
Recently featured at this year's Photokina exhibition in Germany, the Kipon IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Mark Ⅱ for Fuji XF Mount is a bokeh machine. As Wong demonstrates, it creates silky soft backgrounds when shooting wide open. However, an aperture that wide comes with the obvious drawback of an extremely narrow depth of field. The manual focus-only lens, therefore, can be challenging to shoot with.
Though it weighs in at 2.6 pounds, the hefty lens doesn't carry such a hefty pricetag, selling for a shade under $1,500 on Amazon.
Wong notes that the lens does show signs of chromatic aberration, something he hoped he wouldn't see in a lens at that price point. The lack of versatility makes this lens more suited to niche photographic applications than as an everyday lens.
What do you think of the Kipon 40mm f/0.85 lens's distinctive color? Would you mount it on your camera? Drop us a comment below, and tell us what you think.