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.
There is a vast offering of third party manual focus only Fujifilm X mount lenses. We share a selection of them down below.
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Laowa Argus 33mm f/0.95: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Venus Optics
- Mitakon 35mmF0.95: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS
- 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95: BHphoto / AmazonUS
Some Third Party X Mount Options
- Mitakon 35mm Mk II 0.95
- Laowa 9mm f/2.8
- Viltrox 85mmF1.8
- Meike Neewer 35mm F1.2
- 7artisans 7.5mm Fisheye F2.8 MK II
- 7artisans 7.5mm Fisheye F2.8
- 7artisans Photoelectric 12mm f/2.8
- 7Artisans 35mm F2
- 7Artisans 25mm F1.8
- 7Artisans 35mm F1.2
- 7Artisans 50mm F1.8
- 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 Macro
- Kamlan 8mm F3
- Kamlan 21mm f/1.8
- Kamlan 28mm F1.4
- Kamlan 28mm F2.8
- Kamlan 50mm 1.1 Fujifilm
- Kamlan FS 50 mm F1.1 MK II
- Sainsonic Zonlai 22mm F1.8
- Sainsonic Zonlai 50mm F1.4
- Sainsonic Zonlai Hengyijia 25mm F1.8
- Sainsonic Zonlai Hengyijia 35mm F1.8
- Meike Neewer 35mm F1.2
- Meike 6.5mm F2.0
- Meike 6-11mm f/3.5 Fisheye
- Meike 8mm F3.5
- Meike 12mm F2.8
- Meike 25mm F0.95
- Meike 25mm F1.8
- Meike 25mm F2
- Meike 25mm T2.2
- Meike 28mm F2.8
- Meike 35mm f/1.4
- Meike 35mm F1.7
- Meike 50mm F1.7
- Meike 50mm F2.0
- Meike 85mm F2.8
- Handevision IBERIT 24mm F2.4
- Handevision IBERIT 35mm F2.4
- Handevision IBELUX 40mm F0.85
- Handevision IBERIT 50mm F2.4
- Handevision IBERIT 75mm F2.4
- Handevision IBERIT 90mm F2.4
- Jaray 12mm F2.8
- Jaray 14mm F3.5
- Jaray 25mm F1.8
- Jaray 35mm F1.6 (mark ii)
Both lenses will be available at:
Down below all the details.
In the last few days you might have noticed a couple of roundups being shared on FujiRumors.
In fact, I have a terrific backlog of content created by fellow Fujifilm X shooters that I promised to share one day, and so I am going to catch up now a bit.
Hence, I rolled up my sleeves and worked hard on multiple roundups that I share summed up by categories.
Today it’s the time for a third party lenses roundup. Among the others, we will look at the following lenses:
Third Party Lenses
Now the second generation 7Artisans 60mm F2.8 II V2.0 has been released and can be purchased directly at Pergear website.
- X-Mount Lens, APS-C Format: The ultra-wide fisheye lens is designed for APS-C-format Fuji X-mount mirrorless cameras and provides an 11.25mm equivalent focal length.
- 11 Elements in 9 Groups & Ideal Aperture: Its optical system consists of 11 elements in 9 groups. Bright f/2.8 maximum aperture suits working in a variety of lighting conditions and also contributes to the sleek form factor. A 7-blade diaphragm contributes to a smooth and pleasing bokeh quality.
- 2 HOYA Ultra-Low Dispersion Materials & 190° Angle of View: Improve contrast and color rendering in a variety of lighting conditions. Fisheye design renders a 190° angle of view to produce a distinct visual appeal characterized by dramatic distortion and a creative depiction of space.
- Durable, Compact & Portable: Metal body, only weight 0.58lb/265g. Anodizing coloring design, which enhances the lens anti-corrosion, an-dirt functions, and its varnish not easy to removed. Aviation aluminum lens mount & electroplated tungsten steel color, which is resistant to abrasion and corrosion.
Here is a roundup dedicated to third party manual focus lenses for the Fujifilm X system.
You’ll find a wide coverage on various lenses. Damien is surely one of the most active youtubers covering third party glass, but there is also Jonas Rask with a review about the new 7Artisans 35mmF/0.95 and other lenses.
- 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95: BHphoto / AmazonUS
- Pergear 35mm f/1.2
- Sirui 50mm f/1.8 anamorphic 1.33x
- Laowa 65mm f/2.8 Macro: Venus Optics store / BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama
- jonasraskphtography – The 7artisans 35mm f0.95 review
- dpreview – Affordable anamorphic: hands-on with the Sirui 50mm F1.8 1.33x
- alikgriffin – Pergear 50mm f1.8 Review & Sample Photos
- tomscameras – TT Artisan 35mm f/1.4 review Part 1 / Part 2
- Focus mode: Manual. Focal range: 18mm.
- Number of elements: 6 elements in 4groups.
- Maximum Aperture: f6.3.Minimum focal distance: 0.35m. The equivalent focal length of 18mm is around 27mm
- Wide Compatibility: It fit for Fujifilm X APS-C Cameras
7Artisans has just announced the 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 for APS-C, inlcuing Fujifilm X mount.
Bokeh monster. 7Artisans APS-C 35mm F0.95
A new member of 7Artisans lenses
Compatible with E/FX/EOS-M/Z/M43
Awesome lens! Extremely bright, with ultra-low dispersion glass