If you are a Nikon 1 user from Germany, Switzerland or Austria, you should head over to AmazonDE and check out the current price of the Nikkor 18.5mm f/1.8. At €150 this lens is not only a must have but also a fantastic bargain. I’ve paid €200 in February 2013 and found the price more than justified. If you are from Germany and can make use of the Nikon Germany Cash-Back in the amount of €35, the 18.5mm will cost you only €115. That’s a phenomenal price if you ask me.
More than a month ago I have posted some of my images taken with the 50mm f/1.4 C-Mount and my initial thoughts regarding the no-name lens. In the meantime I have taken some additional photos with the “Plastilux” (which is what I like to call it) and my Nikon V1, but not nearly as many as I would have liked to. Nevertheless I feel confident that I have learned all there is to know about the 50/1.4 C-Mount since I’ve bought it in August 2013.
(UPDATE 02.06.2016: I’ve been using the 50/1.4 CCTV C-mount lens on my Olympus OM-D E-M10 and have written a micro 4/3 centric review. If you are a M4/3 shooter and would like to see how this lens performs on the larger sensor, you can read the review here.)
So why call it “Plastilux”? Well, at $47/£32/€38 this lens is cheap but capable of some great results, if you put in the time. Read on to find out what I think about the build quality, image quality, depth of field control, usability and price vs. performance of this lens.