Chinese lens manufacturer 7artisans has just released a very fast, manual focus prime lens for a wide range of crop-sensor format cameras.
The 7artisans 25mm f/0.95 is available for Sony E, Fujifilm, Canon EOS-M, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z, L-mount, and Canon EOS R and is on sale for $369. You'd be forgiven for being confused, however, as the 7artisans website lists “Fuji FX” as one of the available mounts, and Canon’s R-mount cameras are all full frame (for now, at least).
25mm works out as a full frame equivalent of around 37-40mm, with crop factors varying slightly between manufacturers. 11 elements sit in 9 groups, 3 of which are HOYA ultra-low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberrations. The lens features 13 aperture blades and has a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 in (25 cm). The maximum aperture of f/0.95 will offer users a very shallow depth of field. The lens barrel is an all-metal construction and features engraved depth of field and focusing scales.
7artisans has been making affordable fast primes for various mounts for more than five years now, creating relatively niche products and making fast apertures available thanks to simple designs and a lack of electronics.
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