7Artisans recently released not one but three new lenses for mirrorless cameras: the 7artisans 10mm F/2.8 Fisheye, a 55mm F/1.4 second version, and a 60mm F/2.8 Macro lens also, second version. Let’s take a closer look at these fully manual lenses that feature a de-clicked aperture ring for a very affordable price!
If you’re new to 7Artisans: this Chinese lens manufacturer is known for making very fast manual photographic lenses at an affordable price. Last year, we reported about their 35mm F/0.95 lens that retails for only $255.
The company is back with three new models in its lineup: the 7artisans 10mm F/2.8 Fisheye, the 55mm F/1.4 II, and the 60mm F/2.8 II Macro lens. All these lenses are fully manual – focus and aperture – and feature a de-clicked aperture ring, ideal for filmmakers.
7Artisans 10mm F/2.8 Fisheye
The 7Artisans 10mm F/2.8 is a Fisheye lens with a very wide 178° field of view on a full-frame mirrorless camera. At the moment, it is available in various lens mounts including Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z, and L-mounts.
The 7Artisans 10mm F/2.8 Fisheye is entirely made out of metal, which results in a weight of 580g/20.4oz despite some pretty compact dimensions of only 68mm x 87mm (length x diameter).
The lens design of the 7Artisans 10mm F/2.8 consists of eleven lens elements in eight groups with one Extra-Low Dispersion glass and four High Refractive Astigmatism lenses. The aperture diaphragm has eight blades – bokeh is close to non-existent on a fisheye lens whatsoever – and you can’t put any filters in front of the lens.
7Artisans 55mm F/1.4 II
Next is the 7Artisans 55mm F/1.4 II, which is available in either FUJIFILM X, Canon EOS-M, MFT, Nikon Z, and Sony E-mounts, but it only covers APS-C sensors. Like the 10mm F/2.8, this lens is also entirely made out of metal and weighs 358g/12,62oz and has a length of 65mm.
The first version of this lens was released back in 2018, and it looks like the company changed the optical formula for the second version. Indeed, this lens design now consists of six elements in five groups, and the aperture diaphragm has nine blades (instead of 14 in the previous version).
Also, the minimum focusing distance is now 42cm/16.5″ compared to 35cm/13.7″ for the previous one. The front filter size is 52mm.
7Artisans 60mm F/2.8 II Macro
Last but not least is an updated version of the 7Artisans 60mm F/2.8 II Macro, which is available in numerous lens mounts, including FUJIFILM X, Canon EOS-M, Nikon Z, MFT, and Sony E-mounts. This lens is only compatible with APS-C cameras.
Like its predecessor, it is very compact and lightweight with dimensions of only 80.5mm/3.17″ length and 60mm/2.36″ in diameter, and a weight of 339g/11.95oz.
The 7Artisans 60mm F/2.8 II Macro has a minimum focusing distance of only 17.5cm, which is perfect if you plan on shooting insects or small details of a product. In terms of lens design, this 60mm F/2.8 II Macro consists of eleven elements in eight groups with one HOYA Ultra-Low Dispersion Glass to reduce chromatic aberrations. The aperture diaphragm has nine aperture blades for a creamy bokeh.
Price and availability
All lenses are available now: the 7Artisans 10mm F/2.8 Fisheye lens retails for $259.00, the 55mm F/1.4 II is $126.00, and the 60mm F/2.8 II Macro is $169.00.
As always, with really fast or special lenses at very affordable prices, I’m curious to see real-world footage shots with these, as you often can’t have the cake and eat it too. As you can imagine, you’ll probably have to stop the lens a bit to get tack sharp results.
For more information, please visit 7Artisans’ website here.
What do you think about these new lenses? Did you already try one yourself? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments down below!