The world of affordable manual focus lenses is getting more and more competitive, as 7Artisans offers a 50mm f / 0.95 lens for a multitude of mirrorless systems.
Building on the success of the firm’s previous 35mm f / 0.95, this new lens will be available for Sony E, Fujifilm X, Canon EOS M, Nikon Z and Micro Four Thirds (Olympus, Panasonic, Blackmagic) mounts.
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7Artisans (not to be confused with TTArtisan, which recently released new lenses for Nikon Z) is a China-based lens manufacturer. The new 50mm f / 0.95 is a manual focus lens, with a click-free aperture that ranges from f / 0.95 to f / 16. This will make it useful for videographers as well as for photographers who want to take advantage of that large maximum aperture.
According to the manufacturer, the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.45m and a filter thread diameter of 62mm. Its exterior is constructed entirely from metal and is listed as measuring 67.5mm long and weighing around 416g – although we imagine there will be a slight variation between the different mounting options.
Inside, the optical construction of the lens consists of seven elements in five groups, with two elements of ultra-low dispersion Hoya glass. A reviewer from the Indonesian website infofotografi.com has already tried the Sony E version of the lens and found it very capable of producing dreamlike, bokehlicious images – although he noticed a slight tendency to drift away from the lens. opening.
The lens joins a full and interesting line of manual focus lenses for mirrorless systems, courtesy of the folks at 7Artisans. While it lacks fancy features like shake reduction or autofocus, it’s incredibly affordable for a lens at this aperture and focal length of 50mm converted to APS-C (75mm on Sony, Nikon and Fujifilm and 80mm on Canon) or Micro Four Thirds (100mm) should make it useful for portraits.
Of course, we’ll have to get our hands on it ourselves before we can determine if it is in our guide to the best standard 50mm lenses. But it’s really encouraging to see a lens that is broadly compatible at this price point.
The new 7Artisans 50mm f / 0.95 is expected to be available on the 7Artisans website and select vendors from August 8 and will be priced at around $ 236 (around £ 170 / AU $ 318).
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