Should you really buy a lens that costs 65 bucks?

Lens attached to a camera and held in a hand
(Image credit: federation of independent photographers / Weibo)

Japanese camera companies have had a stranglehold on lens manufacturing for decades with super precise high-quality lenses, that also had super high prices. However, that grip might be slipping with more and more new companies popping up worldwide with impressive camera optics. 

The latest company to try its hand at making lenses is a company called SG-IMAGE, which is about to launch its first lens – a 25mm f/1.8 lens for APS-C cameras – and costs just 298 Yuan in China - equivalent to just AU$65! !

  • 7 elements in 5 groups
  • 7 aperture blades
  • stepped aperture
  • minimum focusing distance of 0.25m
  • 43mm filter interface
  • all-metal lens body
  • weighs about 185 grams
  • Sony E, Nikon Z, Fuji X, Canon R, Canon M, M43, L mount

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.