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7Artisans to Launch Autofocus Lenses for Fujifilm X Mount

I have received the information (thanks), that 7Aritsans will launch autofocus lenses for Fujifilm X Mount.

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f/0.95 Showdown: Laowa Argus 33mmF0.95 vs Mitakon 35mmF0.95 vs 7Artisans 35mmF0.95

You might remember how we already shared a comparison between the Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95, the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 and the 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 made by Richard Wong. We have summed it all up including his final thoughts in this article.

Now also Christopher Frost made the very same comparison, but will he also get to the same conclusions?

  • all very similar build quality. All made of metal
  • all focus rings are precise enough for accurate focusing at f/0.95, although the Laowa turns round further, which can be helpful
  • all manual focus, no IBIS, no EXIF transmitted to camera
  • the Laowa Argus is bigger and heavier than the other two lenses
  • at f/0.95 all three lenses are surprisingly sharp in the middle, but none of them has impressive contrast
  • at f/0.95 the 7Artisans shows quite strong color cast and some magenta color fringing
  • at f/0.95 the Mitakon as some purple fringing
  • at f/0.95 the Laowa Argus shows a bit less color fringing than the other two
  • in the corners the Mitakon is by far the softest followed by the 7Artisans while the Venus Optics Laowa lens remains surprisingly sharp
  • at f/1.4 all lenses remain sharp as before in the corners, while in the middle they gain a lot of contrast and look a little sharper than before with the Laowa Argus being still noticeably ahead of the other two
  • at f/2 all three lenses look virtually perfect in the center. In the corners the situation is the same as in the wide apertures
  • at f/4 all three lenses enjoy a nice improvement in corner sharpness with the Laowa being ahead of the others
  • af f/11 diffraction kicks in
  • vignetting and distortion: all three lenses have a remarkably similar performance. They show just a little barrel distortion af f/0.95
  • the Mitakon seems to show the least vignetting at f/0.95 and the Laowa Argus the most
  • at f/2 the vignetting is gone on the 7Artisans and Mitakon, but it remains a bit on the Laowa
  • close up focus at f/0.95: Mitakon is the softest, the 7Artisans is sharp but with terrible contrast, the Laowa is pretty sharp with a bit of color fringing
  • at f/1.4 the Mitakon begins to look sharper and the 7Artisans gains contrast, and the Laowa looks the sharpest
  • af f/2 all gain sharpness, although the 7Artisans still suffers from lower contrast
  • against bright light sources, they all show tons of intrusive flare with the Mitakon looking a bit worse than the others
  • Bokeh: on the 7Artisans is fine but can be a bit nervous and also show a little colorful outlining. Background bokeh on Mitakon and Laowa is exceptionally soft and smooth. The Mitakon suffers a bit of longitudinal chromatic aberration.


  • 7Artisans typical low budget model that can give some gorgeous narrow depth of field image
  • the Mitakon is more expensive than the 7Artisans. He liked it a lot when it came out, but it’s the oldest of the three and now shows its age
  • if you want to spend more for the lens than for the 7Artisans, go for the Laowa, as it is sharper and better in every way over the Mitakon, except for vignetting

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7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 First Review, Product and Sample Images

Just yesterday we reported that 7Artisans is about to release the 7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 lens for Fujifilm X.

After my article, a FR-reader reached out to me (thanks) and directed my attention a website called schlueter-enterprises, who has already shared sample images, product images as well as an initial review about this lens. I will share the link to everything down below. Now here just some main points and images.

  •  build quality of 7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 lens is fully in line with the high end quality finish of 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 and 7Artisans 50mm f/0.95
  • smooth damped movement of the aperture and focus ring
  • 11 lenses in 9 groups (3 lenses are made of high end HOYA ultra low dispersion glass)
  • a bit front heavy on X-Pro2 due to 99.7mm length and weight
  • filter diameter of Ø52mm
  • without lens hood the IQ is already high [admin note: he still needs to get a proper lens hood for this lens]

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7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 Coming Soon

According to information we have received, 7Artisans will soon launch the 25mm f/0.95 for Fujifilm X mount.

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7Artisans 50mm f/0.95 Now Available

The 7Artisans 50mm f/0.95 is now available at AmazonUS here and AmazonUK here.

For price, specs and first sample images check out the dedicated Amazon page here.

  • APS-C Normal-length Lens: Normal-length prime is designed for use with Fuji X-mount mirrorless digital cameras, providing a 75mm equivalent focal length. It is well-suited to everyday shooting with subjects including portraiture, street, nightscape, landscape, and reportage.
  • Optical Design: Its optical system consists of 7 elements in 5 groups, which including 2 HOYA ultra-Low dispersion elements to improve contrast and color rendering in a variety of lighting conditions.
  • Ideal Aperture: A fast f/0.95 maximum aperture suits working in low-light conditions and also offers great control over the depth of field. A 13-blade diaphragm contributes a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with selective focus techniques.
  • All-metal Construction: The all-metal lens barrel features an engraved depth of field and focuses scales. Additionally, a metal lens mount also offers increased durability between the lens and camera.
  • Multi-layer Coating: The multi-layer coating has been applied to individual elements and reduces flare and ghosting in order to produce greater contrast and color accuracy when working in strong lighting conditions.

X Mount Roundup: Mitakon Zhongyi 35mm T1 Speedmaster Cine Lens, Why I Sold XF56mmF1.2, 7Artisans Reviews and More

Here is a rather huge roundup gravitating around X mount lenses.

From the brand new Mitakon Zhongyi 35mm T1 Speedmaster Cine Lens to third party X mount lenses and Fujinon XF lenses. You can find it all down below.

  • Covers Super35 Sensors
  • Ultrafast T1.0 Aperture
  • Suitable for 4K Image Capture
  • 9-Blade Iris for Smooth, Round Bokeh
  • Minimal Focus Breathing
  • 161° Focus Rotation, Precise Focus Marks
  • 77mm Filter Thread
  • Weighs 1.36 Pounds
  • Fuji X Mount

Fujinon Lenses

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7Artisans 50mm f/0.95 Coming Soon – First Samples and Reviews

In a big f/0.95 third party X mount lens comparison here, the 7Artisans 35mmF0.95 came out as the best value for money lens when compared to the Mitakon 35mmF0.95 and Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95.

Now 7Artisans is about to launch the 7Artisans 50mm f/0.95 lens. Let’s hope it will be a good performer too.

You can see an initial review and samples at infofotografi (google translated) as well as a video down below (with English subtitles). You can also see samples at the official 7Artisans Weibo page here and a video promo on Weibo here.

  • Available for versions: Sony E, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Canon EOS M, Micro Four Thirds
  • Aperture: f/0.95-f/16
  • Minimum focus distance: 45mm
  • Filter diameter 62mm
  • Length : 67.5mm
  • Weight: 416 grams

7Artisans 60mm F2.8 Macro Mark II for FUJIFILM X Available Now

A littel while ago, 7Artisans announced the new 7artisans 55mm F1.4 II and 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 II (a refresh of their very popular 7Artisans 55mmF1.4 and 7Artisans 60mm F2.8)

The 7Artisans 55mm f/1.4 was ins stock already since a while at AmazonUS here, BHphoto here and AmazonUK here.

Now also the 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 II is in stock at BHphoto here as well as at AmazonUS here and AmazonUK here.

7Artisans 55mmF1.4 II Available and 7Artisans 60mmF2.8 II Listed

A few weeks ago, 7Artisans announced the new 7artisans 55mm F1.4 II and 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 II (a refresh of their very popular 7Artisans 55mmF1.4 and 7Artisans 60mm F2.8)

Now you can find the 7Artisans 55mm f/1.4 available at AmazonUS here and AmazonUK here and the first 7Artisans 60mmF2.8 II samples for various mounts available for pre-order at BHphoto and listed at AmazonUS here.

The f/0.95 Lens Battle: Laowa Argus 33mmF0.95 vs Zhongyi Mitakon 35mmF0.95 vs 7Artisans 35mmF0.95

There is a vast offering of third party manual focus only Fujifilm X mount lenses. We share a selection of them down below.

Among the most popular ones, there are the ultra fast Laowa Argus 33mmF0.95, the Zhongyi Mitakon 35mmF0.95 and the vs 7Artisans 35mmF0.95.

Now Richard Wong compared them all on his youtube channel. As usual, I’ll provide a summary for you guys in case you don’t have time right now to watch at the 22 minutes long video.


Design and Built Quality

  • all manual focus only with no electronic contacts
  • all full metal construction
  • they all feel very solid
  • Mitakon and 7Artisans size and weight is similar. The Laowa is quite a bit bigger and heavier
  • The Laowa feels a bit front heavy on X-T3
  • Mitakon and 7Artisans, when you change focus distance, the high of these lenses will extend a bit. The size of the Laowa always remains the same
  • Only Laowa comes with lens hood, a metal lens hood. But the lens cap is of plastic
  • 7Artisans and Mitakon have a focus throw of 90 degrees, while the Laowa has a much longer focus throw of 270 degrees
  • Laowa focus ring feels smooth but also a bit tight. Changing from closes distance to infinity, it will be hard to do it quickly on the Laowa. Not a problem with the other lenses
  • 7Artisans has a quite loose focus ring, so it can be tricky to focus very precisely when shooting at f/.095
  • all these lenses have an de-clicked aperture ring, which he hates. Non of his videographer friends ever changes aperture while shooting a video. He’d prefer a clicked aperture ring
  • he prefers the design of the Laowa

Field of view

  • Laowa has the widest field of view (33 instead of 35)


  • Center at f/0.95: Laowa is clearly the sharpest, followed by Mitakon and the last is 7Artisans
  • at f/1.4 all lenses improve contrast
  • corner sharpness at f/0.95: all quite soft, but Laowa is the sharpest and borderline usable
  • corner sharpness at f/1.4 is reasonably sharp, while you must stop the Mitakon and 7Artisans down at f/2 to get similar results of the Laowa at f/1.4

Chromatic Aberration

  • at f/0.95: Laowa is the best with only a little bit of aberration, and much better than the other two lenses. Mitakon still keeps chromatic aberration at a decent level. 7Artisans has noticeably more chromatic aberration than the other two lenses
  • LoCA at f/0.95: serious color fringing on the 7Artisans. Laowa is best. Mitakon only marginally worst than the Laowa


  • at f/0.95, the Laowa is worst, followed by Mitakon and 7Artisans is best
  • it’s surprising, as the Laowa is the biggest lens


  • at f/0.95: Laowa has smoothest and most creamy bokeh, Mitakon a bit of halo, on 7Artisans pretty noticeable halo which makes it look more nervous
  • bokeh balls: Laowa pretty round a bit swirly in the corners. Mitakon relatively round in the center, but in corners a weird triangle shape. 7Artisans bokeh a bit similar to Mitakon but not quite as extreme and corners have oval shape bokeh with pointy end


  • overall similar and noticeable barrel distortion

Focus distance

  • similar minimum focus distance of 35/37 cm
  • at close distance, Laowa has softest sharpness, Mitakon in the middle, and 7Artisans is the sharpest at close distance


  • All have quite some lens flare and contrast drops
  • lens flare looks quite different
  • 7Artisans is best with least amount of lens flare, but the Laowa has the best and very cinematic looking lens flare with lots of character thanks to a red lens flare

Sun Stars

  • from f/8 to f/11: Laowa most beautiful. Also 7Artisans has nice sun stars. Mitakon not quite as clean sun stars
  • You can stop down the Laowa only until f/11, while 7Artisans and Mitakon go until f/16
  • Mitakon and 7Artisans have quite a bit of ghosting when shooting at f/16, so while the sun star is a bit sharper compared to Laowa at f/16, the ghosting can become a bit distracting
  • Laowa and 7Artisans are a good choice

Coma + Focus Breathing

  • Laowa Coma is at acceptable level. 7Artisans has slightly more coma. Mitakon is the worst
  • Laowa and Mitakon similar focus breathing, 7Artisans more focus breathing

Final Thoughts

  • Each of the lenses has Pros and Cons
  • 7Artisans best value for money, Mitakon overall balanced design and reasonably well in most areas
  • Laowa is his favorite. It’s the sharpness of all and has lowest amount of chromatic aberration, making it most usable at f/0.95
  • Laowa renders best bokeh and lens flare
  • Laowa has way too long focus throw
  • He would pick the Laowa, even if it is larger and heavier

Where to get them

Some Third Party X Mount Options