7Artisans launches 12mm F2.8 and 35mm F1.2 APS-C lenses, both under $200

Jan 2, 2018

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7Artisans launches 12mm F2.8 and 35mm F1.2 APS-C lenses, both under $200

Jan 2, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Last summer, 7Artisans launched a set of incredibly cheap fast prime lenses for MFT and mirrorless cameras. They have just added two new members to their line: a wide-angle 12mm f/2.8 and a 35mm f/1.2, both with a price tag lower than $200.

The two new lenses are available for Sony E, Canon EOS-M, and Fuji FX mounts, and they are both manual focus. In the previous set of lenses 7Artisans released, only the 7.5mm f/2.8 fisheye lens was created for APS-C cameras. This time, both lenses are designed for APS-C cameras. Let’s take a look at more details and specs.

12mm f/2.8

The 12mm f/2.8 lens is compatible with Sony E, Canon M, and Fuji cameras. It’s designed for APS-C cameras, and you can get it for $188. Take a look at some sample images on 7Artisans website.

  • Focus: manual
  • Aperture range: f/2.8 – f/16
  • Angle of View: 102°
  • Closet Focus Distance: 0.2m
  • Blades Number: 7 diaphragm blades
  • Construction: 10 elements in 8 groups
  • Weight: 295g

35mm f/1.2

7Artisans already launched a 35mm lens last year, along with three other lenses. It was a 35mm f/2 lens, designed for full frame cameras. Their new 35mm lens has an f/1.2 aperture, and it’s designed for APS-C cameras. It fits Sony E, Canon EOS-M, and Fuji FX mounts. As for the price, you can buy it for $145. You can also see a few sample images here.

  • Focus: manual
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • Aperture range: f/1.2 – f/16
  • Angle of View: 46°
  • Closest Focus Distance: 0.35m
  • Filter size: 43mm
  • Aperture Blades: 9
  • Lens Construction: 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Weight: 150g

Although the low price usually doesn’t promise premium quality, lenses like this could be great for trying out new focal lengths without breaking the bank. After all, sometimes even the cheap lenses turn out to be pretty good. According to Anjum Vahanvati’s review, 7artisans’ 7.5mm f2.8 Fisheye Lens also isn’t all that bad despite its low price.

So, have you tried any of the affordable lenses from 7Artisans? What are your impressions? And would you give a chance to the new 12mm f/2.8 and 35mm f/1.2?

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10 responses to “7Artisans launches 12mm F2.8 and 35mm F1.2 APS-C lenses, both under $200”

  1. andrei ioan Avatar
    andrei ioan

    interesting :)
    i wonder how the 12mm compares to samyang’s 12mm f2. it is a stop slower but also half the price of the samyang…

    1. Huge Dom Avatar
      Huge Dom

      Would be interested to see a comparison test.

    2. Eleni Chatzo Avatar
      Eleni Chatzo

      I was thinking exactly the same thing. I’m about to buy a 12mm lens but I don’t know which.. Guess that I’ll wait to see more sample photos and a comparison test because their price is kind of similar

      1. andrei ioan Avatar
        andrei ioan

        well the samyang is more expensive but faster and all reviews say image quality is excellent.
        this is cheaper and slower and smaller and we still have to wait for reviews
        if you are on a budget then maybe get this if the reviews are positive, if not then go for the samyang

  2. Matteo Dunchi Avatar
    Matteo Dunchi

    Alessandro Bondielli

  3. ManUnderTheBridge Avatar
    ManUnderTheBridge

    Ordered the 35mm. Can’t wait to try it out!

    1. rifki syahputra Avatar
      rifki syahputra

      please share the review dear good sir.. Im also curious on the 35

  4. Russell hawker Avatar
    Russell hawker

    Just spotted the 12mm on Ebay for Fuji X. Got very excited as trawling Ebay for a secondhand Samyang 12mm. In the UK 7Artisans comfortably undercuts the secondhand prices of the Samyang. Found a review on Youtube and the chap was raving about the lens. But there is an elephant in the room if you are a landscape photographer. And that is a fixed lens hood and no chance of adding filters. A total deal breaker. So back to finding a secondhand Samyang or Meike.
    But still interested in the 35mm f1.2. Only £106 in the UK from Amazon. Be interesting to see the reviews. The 35mm f2.0 wasn’t great. Very soft at f2, still soft at 2.8 across the frame. Only sharpened up at 5.6.

    1. Hilbert with 7artisans Avatar
      Hilbert with 7artisans

      How is it.

      1. Russell hawker Avatar
        Russell hawker

        It was okay but not in the same league as the Samyang 12mm. The Samyang is seriously sharp wide open at f2. And good into the corners, even at f2. The 7Artisans wasn’t sadly. Its okay at f2.8 in the centre but less so as you go out into the corners.
        You can add filters as it turns out, there is a kit to do so on Ebay. But its a faff. And the filters are larger than those used on the Samyang.
        Just hold out for a good deal on the Samyang. It just wins all fronts. I found one on the high street for £119, only £20-30 more than the 7Artisans.