A hands on first impression with the $139 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 APS-C Fisheye Lens

Aug 17, 2017

Anjum Vahanvati

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A hands on first impression with the $139 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 APS-C Fisheye Lens

Aug 17, 2017

Anjum Vahanvati

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I held the curiosity of having a fisheye lens in my camera bag since I first used the Nikon 10.5mm APS-C Fisheye. Though fisheye lenses serve a very niche market, it’s a fun lens to have and most of those lenses are not that big or heavy to bother your shoulders.

There are reasonable alternatives available in CaNikon world, but since I shifted to Fujifilm, the only highly reviewed option I could find was Samyang 8mm f2.8 Fisheye, which I did go to purchase but (un)fortunately only the demo piece was available in stock and the seller did not agree on any discount for that lens.

And then the world wide web of photography popped-up some articles of an unknown Chinese brand 7artisans and their range of manual focus lenses. I did not expect there would be any love for Fujifilm X mount, but they had it and the price was perfect.

7artisans 7.5mm f2.8 Fisheye Lens was the only one that caught my attention. At just half the price of Samyang 8mm f2.8 Fisheye I just wanted to press the ‘Order Now’ button but didn’t. Luckily I was able to find one locally, the so called ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ item. Even if it’s half as good as the Samyang, I could live with it.

Lens mounted on my X-Pro2 (camera also has a RRS base plate attached)

Some basic specs are available from Amazon and the Chinese website is not of any help in finding additional information or sample images of the product or shot with the product.

Specs:

  • Focus Mode: Manual only
  • Focal Length 7.5 mm
  • 11 Elements in 8 Groups
  • 12 Diaphragm Aperture Blades
  • Multi Layer Coating
  • Aluminum Body and Copper Core
  • Compact and Lightweight 0.6oz / 275g
  • Aperture Range: F2.8 – 22
  • Closest Focus Distance: 0.12m
  • 180 Degrees Wide FoV
  • Available in M4/3 Mount, Sony E-Mount & Fuji X Mount
  • Price $139

Size comparison with the only other lens I have, Fujinon 35mm f2 WR

Every bag would have some space for the lens whenever you need it. At approx 250g it doesn’t add much weight.

So there I have it now, unpacked and mounted on my X-Pro2, just waiting for a field trip to see how it fares with landscapes and maybe some cityscapes/architecture as well. Till then I have done some random tests just to check how it fares with Focus, Sharpness, Image Quality, Color Fringing, Vignetting, Diffraction, etc.

Straight out of camera, shot at F11
Applied FishEye Hemi in Photoshop and looks pretty good

F 8 – F 11 seems to be the sweet spot for this lens in regards to sharpness, vignette, fringing, etc. The above image does well at F 11 with slight CA around the corners which doesn’t bother me. It shows some degree of softness around the edges (if you really want to look for it). There is no marking for F 16 and very little space between F 11 – F 22 to get in the approximate range. Aperture ring has a smooth movement, same as the focus ring. There are no click stops.

In the images below I just tried to see how close it will realistically focus, it’s damn impressive. But in real world situations I doubt most people will ever want to focus on something that close due to the obvious overly curved foreground. Still, there can always be some creative options if you tame the fisheye vision.

The above setup results in the images show below.

I would just leave this lens at F 11 focused at 1m and snap on for most of the shots. If you would like to pixel-peep on high res images posted here, grab ’em from this link.

Will be updating this post with the packaging images of the lens and soon follow-up with how it fares in the real world use. Thanks for visiting my website. Cheers!

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Anjum Vahanvati is a travel and documentary photographer based in United Arab Emirates. You can find out more about Anjum on his website, and follow his work on Flickr and 500px. This article was also published here and shared with permission.

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6 responses to “A hands on first impression with the $139 7artisans 7.5mm F2.8 APS-C Fisheye Lens”

  1. John Avatar
    John

    Nice review! I came to the same conclusion regarding the sweet spot of this lens on micro four thirds (f8-f11):

    http://www.mftlab.com/review-of-7artisans-7-5mm-fisheye-lens-for-micro-four-thirds/

    1. oldfashioned_aj Avatar
      oldfashioned_aj

      I did go through your post before buying the lens but could not find any sources that tested the FujiX mount. There are quiet a few m4/3 users with the lens now

  2. Julio Hnntl Avatar
    Julio Hnntl

    Florian

  3. Didit Putra Avatar
    Didit Putra

    ordered one after reading this article. Thanks for the review!

  4. anton dubrava Avatar
    anton dubrava

    these fullsize links never work

  5. Ed B. Avatar
    Ed B.

    I purchased this lens for a vacation. I had an impossible time getting anything far away in focus. Was this something i was doing wrong? I made a short video with this lens before i returned this. If I got a bad one then I am happy tp buy another one and give it a shot. Please check out the video and let me know it it was the lens or myself.

    https://youtu.be/mG0sxTZabu0

    And just for information, i have been taking pictures for over 20 years starting wit a pentax k1000. I have never had a problem like this but the lens has me second guessing myself. Right now i have a Nikon D7000 and an OM-D E-M10 Mark II. This lens was on my Olympus.