Anyone tried the new 7Artisans 7.5mm m4/3

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Paul80, Jul 17, 2017.

  1. Paul80

    Paul80 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 6, 2014
    Hi all

    Anyone tried one of the new 7Artisans 7.5mm lenses.
    If yes what are they like.
    Not expecting much for £109 but it might be better than the other low cost option, the Olympus 9mm BCL
  2. genesimmons

    genesimmons Mu-43 Veteran

    Feb 12, 2017
    meike makes a very affordable 6mm fe. i have one on order on amazon. 200 canadian
  3. manzoid

    manzoid Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    I might be stating the obvious, but keep in mind the meike is a circular fisheye, and the 7 artisans is also designed to cover apsc. So the angle of view is going to be less than 180 on MFT.

    Like many others, I have the Samyang/Rokinon which is pretty sharp. It's a safe choice if it ticks the boxes, and probably close to the others in price especially used.
  4. MoonMind

    MoonMind Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Oct 25, 2014
    The Samyang (which I own - in its Walimex Pro guise) is a very good lens - but two or three times more expensive than any of the more "fun" oriented lenses. That said, nothing against them in principle - just be prepared to get what you paid for. Even dirt cheap doesn't always mean priceworthy (unless you treat it as junk in the first place9 - whereas the Samyang is really quite impressive and certainly worth its still quite modest price.

    So, I'd definitely recommend the Samyang - over the 9mm BCL, and probably the others as well. The Meike 6mm is different, though, in that it's circular. David Thorpe did a review on that one that you'll find on YouTube ... not my cup of tea, but it may appeal to others.

  5. pdk42

    pdk42 One of the "Eh?" team

    Jan 11, 2013
    Leamington Spa, UK
    Another vote from me for the Samyang 7.5 FE. Fantastic lens. Uber sharp. Great flare handling. Sun stars stopped down. Great contrast. Very affordable.
  6. manzoid

    manzoid Mu-43 Regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    Hmmm... Maybe the price difference is greater than I thought, but I think used ones might occasionally be had for 200 US I thought.

    Anyway if cheap is the goal there is also the 8mm c mount lens that is supposed to cover apsc. About $100 on eBay.

    Although assuming the OP is specifically wanting info on the new lens I haven't been very helpful with either post.

    It's probably just to early to hear a review on this lens from a relatively unknown company.
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  7. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    A used Samyang 7.5mm 3.5 should be around $175 on eBay. Sometimes they sell for as low as $130, rarely over $200, though you may need to be patient and wait for an auction to get a particularly good price. Keep in mind the Samyang is also sold under other brands like Rokinon, if you search on eBay search "7.5mm 3.5" and you should see a number of choices.

    I would pick up a used Samyang before a cheaper no-name lens, with the Samyang you know you're getting an excellent performer.

    I would not bother putting an APS-C fisheye on an M43 camera either.
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  8. MarylandUSA

    MarylandUSA Mu-43 Veteran

    Jul 3, 2013
    Poolesville, Maryland
    Paul Franklin Stregevsky
    For the same price, you can get a Michael lens 8 mm F 2.8 fisheye. I reviewed it. It's actually somewhat sharper than I gave it credit for. I discovered this after playing around with different focusing distances.