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17 hours ago, Marcio Kabke Pinheiro said:

"Crappy chinese lens" is becoming a thing of the past.

Indeed.

One advantage that budget Chinese lens manufacturers have is that they're not tooled up to do the radically sophisticated optical formulas and coatings of the latest optically perfect Zeiss / Canon L etc, which means that automatically they're making lenses with more vintage optical formulas and coatings.  

There market seems to be separating into two aesthetics: videographers are merging with stills photographers and want the highest resolution and sharpest lenses to sell hyper-realistic images directly to an amateur crowd (direct to consumer) and the cinematographers who are being forced by studios and VFX processing houses to shoot as high a resolution as possible and want softer feeling lenses with character to create emotion and to serve the narrative.

For these softer rendering lenses they're driving the price of vintage lenses through the roof - the very vintage lenses that the budget Chinese manufacturers are using in their new lenses.  They may as well be modern third-party re-issues of classic lenses.

This gives us, as budget consumers, the biggest advantage - we get lenses with the right level of sharpness from vintage lenses but with all the benefits of modern mass manufacture and globalised price competition.

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