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7artisans 25mm F1.8 Manual Focus Prime APS-C Fixed Lens for Sony Emount Cameras Like A7 A7II A7R A7RII A7S A7SII A6500 A6300 A6000 A5100 A5000 EX-3 NEX-3N NEX-3R NEX-C3 NEX-F3K NEX-5 NEX-5N (Black)

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It does have some faults and quirks, but, considering how little it goes for, it’s easy to overlook those issues, and perhaps even embrace them.

The lens is all metal and glass, no obvious creaks and squeaks when turning the rings, and the focus ring is super well dampened, easy to turn and easy to stop, making focus adjustments a breeze, especially compared to Fujifilm's implementation of focus by wire on most of their lenses.If you are on the market for a cheap manual prime lens, it is certainly an amazing lens if it works. When I started using the 25mm 7artisans I immediately noticed that my shutter speed was much higher than I’m used too. To aid focussing (the eyes are getting old) I put a Tarion TR-V2 on the back which I found to be a great idea if you don,t mind covering a few buttons on my E-PL1. This lens also has a focus ring that floats with a bit of resistance but is not as tight as the 25mm. It’s poorly built, poorly designed, has virtually no quality control, corners are bad, distortion and vignetting are bad and while the lens is sharp, the focus drifts so a lot of shots end up slightly out of focus.

It’s compact and weighted nicely making it a great lens to use with the Fuji bodies or other mirrorless cameras. Just watch out for the loose aperture ring, I've seen people say theirs fell off altogether, mine has a little play but has stuck in place otherwise. Reproduction in whole or part in any form or medium without specific written permission is prohibited. I just haven’t posted anything from it yet, and when see my first SL related review, I think you will see why.If the Chinese wants to do it and made the effort to do so, they can hit the high quality standards that we enjoyed in products from Europe and Japan. I used focus peaking, at it was fast and accurate; I’ve used manual lenses in the past, and I often use manual focusing with the lenses I have.

After only a few days of using the lens, the aperture display ring (the ring that has the aperture tick on it), came loose and could spin freely. I can use this lens with very slow shutter speed of 1/10 or 1/8 of a second hand-held if there’s no way I can use the tripod.

That means you can make use of the lowest ISO possible for the best image quality you can muster from the camera body, especially essential for older models such as my Fujifilm X-E1. From my experience with Chinese made lenses, lemon copies abound and once you get one, better sell it the soonest and get yourself another copy praying you’ll get a better one this time. If you’re looking for a superbly compact lens for your small mirrorless body, this is the perfect companion. If you are close focusing, the lens can actually focus closer than the Fuji, and without that hazy looks that the 23mm is known for wide open at minimal focus distance, that's honestly pretty impressive (or unimpressive for the 23mm, depends the point of view).

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