recently I received two new shiny lenses from Amazon for my Fuji X-T30:
- Meike 25mm f/1.8
- Pergear 35mm f/1.6
The first one is a total hopeless disaster despite positive reviews. But we all know how poor QC is from these companies. Not that Fuji itself always gives perfect lenses… but that’s on another level.
The second lens is something entirely different.
I felt that the Pergear 35mm was razor sharp from the first moment I put on the camera: never seen a focus so clear in the EVF. Then I discovered the bad news: while the center and left parts of the image are perfect even wide open, the rightmost part is a different story…
There is a strong astigmatism and you can never reach perfect focus on the right.
Of course decent sharpness can be reached by stopping down to f/5.6 or more, but I wanted more.
So I decided to disassemble the lens to see if there was something clearly wrong in the assembly. I didn’t see anything really suspicious except for a significant play in the inner barrel containing the small lenses within the aperture iris. I tried my luck by trying to center the lenses and then I screwed back in place everything.
And, yes! The lens has become almost perfect now! There is still a residual unsharpness on the right but you should zoom 100% to see it.
So, my message is: if you happen to get a decentered lens of this kind, that is really easy to take apart with no special tools: before sending it back to the seller, try your luck with this procedure…
You may get a great lens for 70 euros And btw, no chromatic aberration at all, even wide open.
Of course sharpness isn’t everything and this lens suffers badly from flare when f<2.8, but you know, it’s MUCH MUCH better than the Fuji 18-55 and than a Canon FD 35mm f/2.8.
example shot at f/1.6