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Showcase 7Artisans 25mm f1.8 M43 mount

Discussion in 'Native Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by Snowonuluru, Feb 3, 2018.

  1. This lens is probably made by the same company that makes Zonlai Discover ( @gnarlydog australia@gnarlydog australia posted a thread earlier on that.)

    Nice and compact, almost too small to handle when one wants to adjust aperture, both the focus ring and aperture ring turn very smoothly with a nice feel to them.

    Piece of cake to acquire focus viewing through the EVL as well as the LCD because of high resolution, unlike some vintage lenses which can be a bit "ambiguous".

    In the shot of a chained link fence, I acquired focus by placing the target area in the center of the EVL, then moved the camera to place the in-focus area to the side. The in-focus area remained sharp.

    Capable of very close focus, MFD approx 50mm from the nose of the lens.

    Some of the pics were cropped, the one with cactus particularly heavily.

    I think it is a very good lens, regardless of price.

    I hope to shoot some other subjects as well as some night shots with it soon.

    52033089-7A25f1.8 (2).


    52033092-7A25f1.8 (2).

    52033094-7A25f1.8 (2).







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  2. tino84

    tino84 Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 29, 2013
    It’s seems beautiful :)  I have a viltrox 35mm f2 for the A7, but it seems even 7artisans made the same lens. If quality is the same, rings and constructions are very good, and so the image ( only problem, white halo against light sources, does these 25mm has the same issue? )

    PS: it’s a native lens anyway, not adapted ;-)
  3. Thanks.
    I'll have to check about the halo effect.
  4. Some varied subjects, including a couple of face shots of friends.




    52153258-7A25f1.8 (2).








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  5. Some night shots, hand held.





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  6. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Just got this lens a few days ago, I haven't had a chance to get out and do anything with it yet, but I will have to do that soon! Initial impressions, it's nicely built for a cheap lens, and I like the short focus throw.

    I have an Olympus 25mm f1.8 which is honestly a terrific lens, but I just never use it, as I just love the Panny 20mm. I'm thinking the real manual focus experience of this lens might tempt me back to the 25mm focal length sometimes now.
  7. I find it very easy to focus, especially with magnification, even in the dark when evf resolution is not at its best due to noise.
  8. robfilms

    robfilms Mu-43 Regular

    May 28, 2017
    metro nyc
    thanks for the pix and the thread.

    i use manual focus lenses on my g7 when i am indoors for a portrait or interview but don't trust my speed versus autofocus on the street.

    i wonder if i can use ala rangefinder and shoot with a wide lens set to distance marks.

    a link to this lens on amazon/usa:


    be well.

  9. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    You should be able to zone focus...just make sure to do a lot of testing! Not all distance marks on lenses are accurate.
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  10. I took it out for some street shots today. There was a troupe of street comedians performing (Adelaide is having its Fringe Festival right now). I focused at around the center of the action circle and set aperture at f8. I didn't check range marking to actual DOF, but it was easy to judge through the EVF what parts were in focus anyway. So yes, you can use zone focus for street work.




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  11. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
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  12. Logapeti

    Logapeti Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2011
    Wow! This lens has a very nice rendition on the E-M5! Congratulation! I am looking forward to see more pics! :) 
  13. Logapeti

    Logapeti Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2011
    A quick question: I tried the Meike 28 f2.8 on my m43 body, and while the IQ was very nice, the distance scale was totally off. I had to make experiments to find out where to set it to get hyperfocal distance at f8... but it was nowhere near where it was marked... What about this 7artisans lens? Are the markings precise to zone focusing / hyperfocal?
  14. Hi, I have not measured distance vs marking to check if the calibration is accurate. I find it easier to view image using evf and check dof as I stop down. But I might make a couple of measurements and report back.
  15. Logapeti

    Logapeti Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2011
    Thank you. Actually, checking whether focus at infinity works at different apertures may be easier.
  16. Hi, I just did some test shots. I can report that the distance markings on the lens is totally unreliable, never mind the dof indication scale!

    I won't post any pics of the tests, because they are just bad! I would suggest focusing on real comparable scenes and twiddle the aperture while looking through the evf, then once you are happy with that, leave the lens alone and shoot away.

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  17. Logapeti

    Logapeti Mu-43 Regular

    May 9, 2011
    Thanks for your efforts. That was my experience with the Meike 28 f2.8 too. I made several attempts to find out where is the hyperfocal at f8, and then call it a day. It would be better to have the right markings (and really, I think little effort from the manufacturer), but it is still usable this way.

    Thank you again!
  18. P33

    P33 Mu-43 Rookie

    Aug 3, 2017
    First snapshot after getting this lens
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