7artisans releases a teeny tiny 18mm f/6.3 pancake lens for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds

Jun 15, 2023

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

7artisans releases a teeny tiny 18mm f/6.3 pancake lens for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds

Jun 15, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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7Artisans has announced its new (and tiny) 18mm f/6.3 pancake lens (buy here) for Micro Four Thirds and APS-C mirrorless cameras. In the APS-C mounts, we’ve got Nikon Z, Fuji X, Sony E and Canon EF-M. No sign of a Canon RF mount one, but given how swiftly Canon has been enforcing its intellectual lens property, that’s not much of a surprise.

As is the nature with pancake lenses, the 7Artisans 18mm f/6.3 is extremely compact. In fact, it’s not much bigger than a regular standard body cap. It’s not optically complex and comes with a relatively cheap price point. Looking at some of the sample photos from Robin Wong’s video below, though, it looks pretty good!

YouTube video

Although the optics are fairy simple, the 7Artisans 18mm f/6.3 pancake lens contains 6 elements in 4 groups. Offering a full-frame equivalent field of view to that of a 27mm lens on full-frame, this wide-angle lens has a fixed aperture of f/6.3 and a minimum focus distance of 35cm. It’s not going to be your go-to wide APS-C or Micro Four Thirds lens, but for what it costs, it’s a nice-looking one for a general walkabout lens with a small body. I could see one of these potentially living on a GX80 on my shelf, ready to go at a moment’s notice!

YouTube video

Price and Availability

The 7Artisans 18mm f/6.3 Pancake lens for Nikon Z, Canon EF-M, Sony E, Fuji X and Micro Four Thirds is available to buy now for $59.99. That’s a little more than the $40 in Robin’s video title, but still a reasonable price. The lens is already shipping.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “7artisans releases a teeny tiny 18mm f/6.3 pancake lens for APS-C and Micro Four Thirds”

  1. andrei ioan Avatar
    andrei ioan

    f/8 f/6.3 and be there

  2. Bleeding Gums Murphy Avatar
    Bleeding Gums Murphy

    Much needed mark 2. The first one had an extremely long close focus distance of something like 2 meters, making it useless for street photography. 35mm is the fix it needed. They also removed the poor design choices. 👌👍🙏

    Unfortunately since the first I switched to Sony and got their 20mm pancake, so this wouldn’t be worth buying now. But it should be decent for other systems or people who don’t have similar pancakes.