7Artisans releases their new 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless and MFT

Oct 15, 2021

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7Artisans releases their new 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless and MFT

Oct 15, 2021

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 released their new 25mm f/0.95 manual focus lens for APS-C mirrorless and Micro Four Thirds. The lens was first teased in September, but now it’s finally official, available and all of the specs are published. The lens is designed specifically for mirrorless cameras, being available on Sony E, Fuji X and Nikon Z APS-C mount options, as well as MFT.

That nice wide f/0.95 maximum aperture will let in a lot of light and allow for some pretty shallow depth of field, despite being made for APS-C and MFT cameras. On APS-C it offers a field of view equivalent to about 37.5mm on full-frame and on Micro Four Thirds it’s about a 50mm full-frame equivalent field of view.

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As seems to be the case a lot with the new wave of inexpensive manual focus lenses over the last couple of years, the 7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 features all-metal construction, with 11 elements in 9 groups (including three Hoya ultra-low dispersion elements for increased contrast and CA suppression) and a 13-blade aperture for nice round bokeh balls.

Focal length25mm
Max aperturef/0.95
Min aperturef/16
Angle of view58.6° (APS-C)
FormatAPS-C
MountMicro Four Thirds, Nikon Z, Fuji X, Sony E
Min focus distance25cm
Focus typeManual Focus
Lens typeRectilinear
Optics11 elements in 9 groups
Aperture blades13
Filter diameter52mm
Dimensions62 x 100mm
Weight587g

That wide f/0.95 aperture opens up a lot of options for super shallow depth of field on a relatively wide angle with APS-C sensors and would provide results similar to a 50mm f/1.8 lens on a full-frame body when used on a Micro Four Thirds camera, except that wide aperture gives you an extra stop of light over that full-frame setup.

7Artisans says that multi-layer coatings help to reduce flare and ghosting while increasing contrast and colour accuracy. A lens hood is also included to further minimise the risks of flaring. Sounds like a great lens for some street photography!

The 7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 is available to buy now for $369, is available in Sony E, Nikon Z, Fuji X and Micro Four Thirds mount and is expected to start shipping in early November.

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2 responses to “7Artisans releases their new 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless and MFT”

  1. Tuong LY Avatar
    Tuong LY

    Sadly, it is too long and too heavy. The photos make it look like the lens is fully extended, but it is the minimal length. At 587 g, it probably outweighs most MFT cameras. What a shame. I was really looking forward to adding this lens to my collection. I already have the nifty 35mm f0.95. Wonder why it could not have been more compact and light, especially for such a short focal length?

    1. DelCause Avatar
      DelCause

      Usually the smallest bodies of lenses are possible within the range of 35-50mm due to the simplistic nature of the glass layout that manufactures have to put out.Once you go further or shorter than that the glass is increased significantly and in order to get something like 0.25mm-infinity focus you are also required to have enough spacing for the focusing glass to move.Also compared to the two other fireflies lenses (50 f0.95 and 35 f0.95) this one has three extra contacts to reduce CA,those pieces are hefty.
      Short story end is that in this specs getting anything smaller than that will greatly reduce the image quality or more specifically it would greatly increase distortions and imperfections (CA,barrel distortion,loss on colours,vignetting etc.).
      Lenses of f1 and wider are chunky lenses, that’s the reality,the 35mm was a tiny 0.95 lens,this one is normal.