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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

Pergear 23mmF2, TTArtisan 50mmF1.2, 7Artisans 18mmF6.3 UFO and More

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

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7Artisans 7.5mm F2.8 II Fisheye Lens Available

The 7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 MKII is now available at AmazonUS here and AmazonUK here.

  • 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.

Let’s Go Manual: 7Artisans 35mmF0.95, Sirui 50mmF1.8 1.33x Anamorphic, Pergear 35mmF1.2, Laowa 65mm f2.8 2x Macro and More

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.

Written Reviews

  • 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

Video Reviews

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