Have You Heard of Pergear? Their 25mm Lens Is Good and Only Costs $69

Have You Heard of Pergear? Their 25mm Lens Is Good and Only Costs $69

I was sent the 25mm f/1.8 lens for review. I went out testing in the center of Paris, and I must say, it was a lot of fun with it on my Fujifilm X-T20. Although it's a manual focus lens, you get a lot for $69.

The Build Quality

The lens feels solid. It’s got weight to it, although it’s quite small in size. It's a metal body and has 12 blades inside. The barrel extends out a little bit when focussing on objects a little farther away. Although there is an issue with vignetting, I didn't really have an issue with it when going through my images.

The Details

The aperture ring is de-clicked, so changing aperture doesn’t make a sound. I suppose this is good on the one hand, because you won’t get it in your video if that’s your aim, but on the other hand, it can also change by accident without you even knowing.

The focussing ring has nice bevels, so it’s easy to grip and the rotation is smooth and silent.

It’s got a hood which stops some lens-flares, but I think it’s also good for protecting the glass, and it makes it look a little more vintage which is good for my very important street cred.

They make lens mounts for all the big brand mirrorless cameras, so you’ll get the lens with the camera body you use. 

Reviewing the Images

The color I got from the lens wasn't much different to what I got when mounting vintage Nikon lenses or Canon lenses. And, I am not too concerned with this as most of my colors are adjusted in post. 

What I Liked

The Fujifilm’s focus-peaking tells you what’s in focus, so this works well with any lens you have to manually focus. It’s a fun lens to always have on your camera that you take everywhere. It’s wide enough to give context but can also get close enough to show intimate details, so it’s a great all-rounder.

It’s affordable. It’s roughly what my wife and I pay for a week’s groceries. Feed your camera some good, affordable glass, and enjoy the taste.

What I Didn’t Like

It’s got this strange glossy silver covering on the front of the lens and I don’t see the point of it other than being part of their aesthetic style decision making processes. It makes the lens look cheap, but perhaps that’s what they are trying to communicate at this price point.

The lens cap is a generic design and doesn’t fit as snug as it should. I am constantly trying to get it on the front of the lens only having to leave it skew and uneven.

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t aware of the Pergear brand when they contacted me for a review. They used to be suppliers of other photographer gear brands, so this release was a surprise to many. With regards to this lens, I can honestly say my first impressions were good, and I am stoked I now have the all-rounder in my kit. If you’re on a budget, and you like shooting with manual focus or want to expand your video lens range, this could be a great addition.

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9 Comments

Spy Black's picture

When a lens is this cheap, it doesn't matter how "bad" it is, as long as it's fun to use. I had a similar experience with the Meike 3.5mm 220° fisheye for my M4/3 cameras. Although it's doesn't have the sharpness of more normal lenses and has plenty of CA, it's mostly straightforward compensating for in a raw image editor. For it's price I really can't fault it much, it's just a lot of fun for $150.

Joel Manes's picture

You couldn't even buy a Leica lens hood for that money. Sounds like fun for cheap.

Craig Stampfli's picture

I have this lens and the 50mm for my M43 camera and agree they are both fun to use and give a pleasant image, focus peaking does a great job of helping get a sharp image.

Rick Rizza's picture

Hahaha, 69.
A sexy price at the point I don't care about quality

Dave Morris's picture

The price is amazing. The only thing that would stop me from buying it is the ethical aspect of supporting the Chinese economy and their regime.

F K's picture

Wouldn't that apply to the majority of electronic and photographic gear we buy though? Since it's made in China.

Spy Black's picture

So you're typing this on a computer made back in 1984, and you don't own a cellphone, TV, Stereo, refrigerator, etc.

Johnny Nit's picture

Sorry Dave, unless you are investing millions directly into the Chinese market, the pennies you spend really do not make any impact at all.