Yongnuo, beloved budget lighting champions of hobbyists and semi-pros everywhere, made some waves the last few months by cloning Canon 50mm lenses. First, it was the 50mm F/1.4, and more recently the 50mm F/1.8.
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If other manufacturers thought that they were safe, they were wrong. Yongnuo is now said to be working on some Nikon lens clones that should be ready sometime towards the end of 2015. No word yet on which lenses, but one would assume it’s likely the 35mm and 50mm primes lenses – like they did with Canon.
Some reviews have been coming in about the Yongnuo clones, and with the exception of the Canon versions having better AF motors, the clones stack up very well – maybe even slightly exceeding (in some respects), their OEM Canon counterparts.
I am pretty torn on this myself. Yongnuo clones Canon speedlights and I don’t bat an eye, but now they do lenses and I have more of an issue with that. Maybe it’s because I feel like the cost of brand-name speedlights is ludicrous, while these budget brand-name lenses are more more affordable and reasonably priced already.
I am curious of your thoughts on the matter. How do you feel about Yongnuo‘s expansion into lens clones? Does their good performance change your opinions at all? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!