Chinon 55mm f/1.7 Auto

Chinon 55mm 1.7 Auto-1

Chinon 55mm f/1.7 Auto. If you’re looking to purchase this lens I always check Adorama and Ebay for good deals. It helps me if you purchase it through one of these links here in this review. When you purchase through these links it financially enables me to devote time to develop this site further. Thanks for the help! -Todd

Chinon 55mm 1.7 Auto-2


7.9 oz (223g)

Focus Type
Manual Focus.

Focus Ring
Rubber on Metal.

Close Focus
1.75 feet (0.5 meters).

Filter Threads
52mm, Metal.

Aperture Ring

6 blades stopping down to f/16.

Mine came in M42 Metal.

Made in

f/1.7 | f/2 | f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8


100% Crop

f/1.7 | f/2 | f/2.8 | f/3.5 | f/4 | f/8


Corner at f/1.7

Corner at f/1.7


100% Crop


f/1.7 Fairly soft with a bit of spherical aberration and chromatic aberration and low contrast.
f/2 Sharpens up a bit with very little spherical aberration but still a fair amount of chromatic aberration but much better contrast.
f/2.8: Sharpens up a ton with great contrast and no spherical aberration but there is still a bit of chromatic aberration.
f/3.5: Sharpens up even further but still some chromatic aberration.
f/4: Sharpens up even further with No chromatic aberration.
f/8: Nice and sharp.

There is a fair bit of vignetting at f/1.7 and quickly clears around f/2.8 and gone by f/3.5.

The blur is decent and not harsh in contrasty areas and/or distracting. Would make a decent portrait lens.

There is very little visible Barrel Distortion.

On MF Camera
Optics:          ★ ★ ★
Mechanics:   ★ ★ ★ ★
Ergonomics:  ★ ★ ★
Usefulness:   ★ ★ ★
Availability:    ★ ★
Overall:         ★ ★ ★

On AF Camera
Ergonomics: ★ ★
Overall:         ★ ★ ★
Out of 5

This is a decent little lens and you can’t go wrong with it. It’s fairly soft wide open with low contrast and strangely holds onto a lot of chromatic aberration for a while but for a little low light lens its swell. I wouldn’t go out of my way looking for one but if you find one for a good price grab it. It’s a really fun and easy lens to use and works great on some digital bodies with adapters.


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