Infrared Gear Cheap Chinese lenses and infrared?

Greetings, everybody . . .

I shoot a lot of infrared with my Kolari-converted X-E2 (720nm native, but I use an 850nm filter much of the time). And most of my Fuji lenses have from annoying to unbearable hotspots. Even the 18-135, which I got specifically for IR because it was said to be hotspot-free, does fairly horrible color vignetting. So I'm toying with the notion of trying out one or two of the cheap manual-focus lenses from China. But before I fork over money to give it a try, I thought I'd see if anyone here had shot any infrared with any of them and, if so, which one(s) and how it worked out. There's some variation -- for instance, among my slightly-more-expensive Rokinons the 8mm fisheye works perfectly, while the 12mm f2 had a bad hotspot at every aperture.

So -- anybody shot infrared with Meike or 7artisans or suchlike?
Okay, in that there seems to be a dearth of information on the subject, I just ordered the 25mm f1.8 Meike (allegedly better QC than 7artisans) in Fuji mount with a UV filter and hood for $94 from Amazon (which unlike China takes returns if it's not up to expectations). I'll report back one way or the other, in case there's burning interest.<g>


Code Monkey 🐒
Nov 3, 2018
I'll report back one way or the other, in case there's burning interest.
You've got my interest. :) Infrared is one of those areas that's pretty interesting but the budget doesn't allow me to get more gear to play with it.

I know recently @bilzmale has been doing some IR work but I don't recall what kind of gear he's using.
Okay, everybody, we have some preliminary answers, which are neither as bad nor as good as could be imagined. I'll put up a series of test images in the Showcase. Gotta say that I love the 25mm f1.8 Meike, which is just right for an X-E. (Of course I put a good UV filter on it and a hood; I always use hoods as protectors, but with flare-prone lenses such as the Meikes they're essential for hood reasons, too. Though the cheap one I got was made by someone who does not seem to know what hoods are for, so next task is to give it a good coat of flat black on the inside.) Anyway, the X-E2 looks kinda cool with the 25.
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