7artisans 25mm F1.8 Manual Focus Prime Fixed Lens for Sony Emount Cameras - Black APS-C
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- 7 Elements in 5 Groups
- Aperture Range: F/1.8 - F16
- Ideal Aperture with 12 Diaphragm Blades
- Aluminum Body and Copper Core. Compact and Lightweight 0.31oz/143g
- Not Available for Full Frame. For Sony A7, A7II, A7R, A7RII, A7S, A7SII, Please Switch to APS-C Frame Before Use
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Full Frame Available: Not available for full frame, Only for APS-C
Compatibility: Sony E-mount Cameras
Focal Length: 25mm
Aperture Range: f/1.8-f16
Closest Focus Distance: 0.18m
Blades Number: 12 Diaphragm Blades
Construction: 7 Elements in 5 Groups PACKAGE CONTENTS:
1 * 7artisans 25mm F1.8 Lens
2 * Lens Caps
1 * Lens Bag
1 * PERGEAR Cleaning Kit
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(2)BOKEH: let's be honest you buy this to shot Wide Open, and Yasss! I'm happy to see I get CREAMY, world melting bokeh at 1.8, no dizziness, smooth blending and excellent subject separation!! I often shoot at 2.8 to keep entire subject in focus, and still have more than enough BOKEH smirred all over the back ground to freaking oblivion! Yasss! This should the kit lens for all my Bokeh Whores!
(3)SHARPNESS: When wide open, it's slightly sharper than Kit lens, but falls out towards the edge. Even if you don't sharpen in post, still more than adequate if you dont pixel peep (this bad baby is upload-ready gramers!)
(4)LENS CORRECTION: minimal vignetting, little distortion, much better than Kit lens.
(5)EASE OF USE: smooth rings, no clicking, sometimes touches the aperture ring instead, but easy enough, MUST use with focus peeping.
(6)VALUE: can't think of anything better value than this! com'on
(6)EXTRA TIPS: set one of your custom keys to Focus Peeping (Focus Magnifier in menu) and press the centre of dial to zoom in.
(7)All Sample Photos Unedited & Purposefully Underexposed to preserve detail for post brightening
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Well this lens to the rescue. I saw it, no reviews yet but for the price I jumped on it and paid extra to get it here quick. Short and to the point this thing is awesome. Great bokeh. Is a $600 lens better? Probably, but I don't know. I don't have that kind of money, so can't compare. I've attached a few test shots though. Bare in mind it's going to take me awhile to learn to manual focus well. I may need to turn on focus peeking. But this is still worth it and 9 out of 10 times you need to adjust the auto focus anyway. So really no - points for it being manual.
It's got smooth adjustment rings, with the focus being at the front and 0.6-16ft then infinity. 1.8-16f
It's nice and sharp as well.
Strawberry patch, good example of background blur
Kohlrabi front and back blur
Dog inside, dark background nice details
Dog outside, I over exposed him but nice background and nice grass detail
Grass seeds: lighter blur with high F#
Paw and rug: shows detail capable, this was an extreme crop
Crop of Holiday lights
Holiday lights at 1.8f
It came in a nice black box. So would make a great gift.
Seriously I'm thrilled with this thing. I'm sure someone will come along and compare to the more expensive lenses. These reviews usually show miner differences, like sharpness in the corners but that's not why you buy a low F prime lens. You buy it for sharp main subject and that nice bokeh, and this has both.
The ring on the front for filters and such is 46mm, should you want to use filters.
It's a bit longer than the kit lens(when not extended).
It is metal construction.
And it did come with the cleaning kit in the product photo, gloves and all.
The only down side I found is, due to it being manual, the aperture does not record in the exif and shows as 0.0 F number and 1.0 max f on all photos taken with it. That's a bit of a bummer, especially if you post in photo groups who ask for the exif. But it's still a minor inconvenience and the quality matters much more.
If this were auto focus it would be my main lens, but auto focus would make it cost more. As it is I'm using it a lot for non-moving subjects and having lots of fun with it.
I have uploaded two (cropped) photos to illustrate the depth of focus possible with the 1.8 aperture, and the flare which can happen from some types of lamps at night.
I have taken many more test shots at night, and the artifacts I saw on my first test with the one lamp are not typical. There is still some flaring, but it is not generally as distracting as in my earliest examples, and I think this lens is suitable for nighttime photography. I will leave the example as something that can happen, but am revising my rating from 4 to 5 stars since such flaring is not typical - just something to watch for.
NOT PERFECT NOT QUIT EASY TO USE, BUT SHOT SOME OF MY BEST SHOTS . SOMETHING ABOUT A MANUAL FOCUS YOU SEEM TO APPRECIATE YOUR IMAGES MORE. NOT ONLY IS IT SHARP IT HAS A CHARACTER OF IT"S OWN. I JUST CAN"T GET OVER THIS LENS,
IF YOU HAVE THE SONY A6000 ENLARGE IMAGE > RIGHT NEXT TO TOOL BOX IN MENUE PLUS FOCUS PEAKING LOW
BUY THIS LENS YOU WILL NOT BE SORRY!
I put the lens at several A settings from 1.7 to 16.0, constant 640 ISO outdoors in mid morning good light. Got really different shutter speeds than on my Sony 50mm/1.8 lens and Neewer 35mm/1.7lenses with same a and ISO.... The 50mm and 35mm gave results pretty much the same for the two of them, while the 7Artisans consistently shot a couple of shutter clicks higher.
The 7Artisans had very similar exposure as did the other lenses, even though its readout said it was shooting so much faster faster. Not sure if the lens electronics were giving the camera inaccurate shutter info or how/why the higher speed was getting into the display readout.
Probably would still recommend this lens, but not better than old glass manual 28mm /f2 or 35mm /f2 lenses you can buy on other sites ( but they would be harder to return, so keep that in mind.)
Added 9-11-18 : After reading Keith G,'s review today, I will add that my lens also reads infinity at the wrong position, but with Focus Peaking and Exposure Magnification, I hardly notice on my slower, more leisurely composed stills.