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Hands-On Review: KIPON Lenses

Hands-On Review: KIPON Lenses

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If KIPON IBERIT manual focus lenses seem “deja-vu-ish” to you, it’s probably because they were once marketed under the name HandeVision IBERIT, which was a partnership between German optics manufacturer IB/E Optics and the Chinese Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment company which, as you might have guessed, is based in China.

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If KIPON IBERIT manual focus lenses seem “deja-vu-ish” to you, it’s probably because they were once marketed under the name HandeVision IBERIT, which was a partnership between German optics manufacturer IB/E Optics and the Chinese Shanghai Transvision Photographic Equipment company which, as you might have guessed, is based in China.
All KIPON IBERIT lenses feature maximum apertures of f/2.4, 58mm filter threads, solid, all-metal construction, and engraved depth-of-field and focus-distance scales. Plastic rear caps and 58mm metal screw-in front caps are included with each lens.
For this review, I chose the KIPON IBERIT 24mm f/2.4 and KIPON IBERIT 90mm f/2.4 for Sony E-mount cameras.
Photographs © Allan Weitz 2019

KIPON IBERIT 24mm f/2.4 for Sony E-mount cameras
The weight and size of the KIPON IBERIT 24mm f/2.4 balances perfectly when mounted on a Sony A7-series camera. Though it’s built like a proverbial brick, my key gripes with this lens were that the focus ring is too narrow, and though the travel distance from infinity to the lens’s closest focus point (9.84") was a relatively short throw, the ring put up too much resistance, which slowed down my focusing abilities more than I prefer. The aperture ring, which is located toward the front of the lens, while noisy compared to the focus ring, was easier to turn, with clear clicks at full and half-stop intervals. The KIPON 24mm f/2.4 contains 8 elements in 7 groups and features a 6-bladed aperture assembly.

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