What can you buy for £20 to expand your gear bag just a little? One suggestion is the Fujian 35mm f1.7 CCTV lens, available from a variety of Hong Kong based ebay sellers for all modern camera bodies. So what do you get for 20 quid? The lens itself is a small metal affair, manual focus with aperture adjustments on the barrel and a screw thread, it comes with the adaptor needed to pair it with your weapon of choice, in my case the Fuji X-pro 1. First impressions centre around the adaptor, which on my camera is a little tight getting on, and quite tight to get off - there was a brief moment when I thought that my lovely X-pro might be forever stuck to this CCTV lens, but fortunately it was not the case. Focus and aperture ring both move smoothly, they're both marked with their respective indicators, but there isn't a line to match them up with so it's a little vague. It's quite easy to accidentally unscrew the lens when adjusting either of these, but it's not too much of a problem. Focussing isn't too bad if you're used to manual focus lenses, the turn distance between 1 meter and infinity is pretty darn small though so a delicate touch is needed and focus peaking is very useful if shooting wide open. If you want to shoot closed down it is far easier to focus wide open, then adjust to required setting. Also worth noting, the lens will cheerfully focus to infinity and beyond - turns out that beyond infinity is blursville. As to image quality, the centre has reasonable sharpness which disappears very rapidly towards the edges. Bokeh when it's wide open (and when wouldn't it be?) is quite pleasant and swirls around the centre in a distinctive way. Even on crop sensor cameras there's some sweet vignetting goodness, and you can throw in some ghosting on brighter areas as well for lols Poppy through a CCTV lens by Graeme Jago, on Flickr Morris men by Graeme Jago, on Flickr Morris men by Graeme Jago, on Flickr So, overall impressions? For £20 this is a fun lens to use if you want to get out and get creative in a "Toy camera" style without having to play around in post production. The only thing I dislike about it is the fitting of the lens adapter onto the camera. If you like this kind of look, and don't fancy tinkering with old lenses as discussed on an upcoming podcast (OH s*** WHAT!!?!?!) then what have you got to lose? 20 quid, obvs.