Hikvision HV0733D-6MP (7-33 мм, F0.95) review

Hikvision HV0733D-6MP

Recently I received a unique Hikvision HV0733D-6MP lens for testing. It is designed for security cameras with CS mount. The main feature is F number (F0.95) over the entire focal length range (7-33 mm), as well as support for a 1 \ 1.8 “sensor and a resolution of 6 Mp. Of course, you can use sensors with a smaller size and resolution. With excellent F number it is desirable that the matrix was back-illuminated. It feels like the lens was specially designed to work with the Sony IMX178 CMOS sensor. What could be such an interesting lens for astrophotography? Of course, this is a shooting of meteors in real time. When using 1\1.8 ” matrix and focal at a distance of 7 mm, the field of view of the lens is 51×35 degrees (60 degrees diagonal). Also, with such aperture, shooting of extended nebulae with narrow-band filters looks very tempting, but the filter will have to be installed in front of the lens. Testing will show how good this lens is by the stars.

Характеристики HV0733D-6MP
Specs of Hikvision HV0733D-6MP
Объектив Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с камерой QHY5III178m
Lens with camera QHY5III178m

The lens itself is atypically large and heavy for a CS lens. Lens weight – almost half a kilo (478 grams). Metal body. The diameter of the front lens is 62 mm. IR correction is not declared. On the case there are two rings with locking knobs – to adjust the focal length and focus. Everything runs smoothly and without jams. In the middle of the lens protrudes a diaphragm control unit with a cable.
Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, внешний вид

Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, внешний вид
Focusing and zooming are internal; the lens does not change dimensions when these parameters change. When focusing on infinity, the rear lens unit protrudes slightly, while focusing near it, it slightly goes inside.

Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, фокусировка на бесконечность
Infinity focus
Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, фокусировка на ближние дистанции
Focusing on close distances
Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, задний блок линз
All lenses are coated, the color of highlights – green, blue, amber.

The lens has a feature – by default, the diaphragm is closed. In order to open the aperture, you must connect the lens to the security camera with the appropriate connector. Since there is no connector for controlling the diaphragm on astronomical cameras, we need an appropriate “opener” – a separate camera powered by 12 V.

Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, диафрагма закрыта
Closed diaphragm
Hikvision HV0733D-6MP, открывашка для диафрагмы
Here is the “opener” for the diaphragm
Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с открытой диафрагмой
Lens with open aperture
Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с открытой диафрагмой
Judging by the number of highlights, the lens has at least 9 lenses.

The QHY5III178m camera (1\1.8 “, 8.92 mm diagonal, 2.4 micron pixel) was used to test the lens across the sky. The lens was attached to the Sky-Watcher Adventurer mount. Location: central part of Anapa, the backyard. The Moon is 75% phase.

Объектив Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с камерой QHY5III178m
Lens with camera QHY5III178m

Test with 7 mm FL:

Объектив Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с камерой QHY5III178m, 7 мм, выдержка 1 секунда.
7 mm F0.95, 1s exp. Scale 50%.

Full size  – at link.

Объектив Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с камерой QHY5III178m, 7 мм, выдержка 1 секунда.
Crop of corners and center, scale 100%.

Test with 33 mm FL:

Объектив Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с камерой QHY5III178m, 33 мм, выдержка 1 секунда.
33 мм F0.95, 1s exp. Scale 50%.

Full size – link.

Объектив Hikvision HV0733D-6MP с камерой QHY5III178m, 33 мм, выдержка 1 секунда.
Crop of corners and center, scale 100%.

The test results. With a monochrome camera, the lens makes a very high-quality image for its parameters. The field is flat. There are aberrations, but they are noticeable closer to the edge of the field of view. Spherical aberration is moderate. Vignetting is noticeable only in the corners. The nearest Computar 8 mm F0.8 and Computar 4.5-12.5 mm 1: 1.2 lenses showed much worse image quality across the field.

Hikvision HV0733D-6MP – perhaps this is a kind of “king” of CCTV lenses. An excellent choice for lovers of shooting meteors and unidentified flying objects in real time – in half an hour of testing, 10 satellites flew in sight. Also, this lens may be of interest to owners of mirrorless cameras with a small matrix – for example, Pentax Q7 or Pentax Q-S1.
The disadvantages of the lens carry the high cost and the need to use the “opener”.

6 thoughts on “Hikvision HV0733D-6MP (7-33 мм, F0.95) review”

  1. Did you determine the entrance pupil diameter to check if the 0,95 f-stop really is correct?
    My 25mm f0,78 has an entrance pupil of 25mm – so it actually is „only“ a f1 aperture!

    1. Oh, i will try to make it today. Surface brightness is constant when i zoom lens from 7 to 33 mm.
      The diameter of the front lens does not always have to match the actual aperture, as some lenses also need to capture wide beams of light.

  2. Did you determine the entrance pupil diameter to check if the 0,95 f-stop really is correct?
    My 25mm f0,78 has an entrance pupil of 25mm – so it actually is „only“ a f1 aperture!

  3. Interesting review. To determine the number of lens groups I use a sharp light source e.g. Laserpointer. The number of reflections counted divided by 2 can be to number of lens groups (kitted lenses often don’t have reflexions on kitted surfaces).

  4. Сергей

    Кому то думаю и этот объектив будет интересен. Интересная информация.

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