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7Artisans 12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)
7Artisans 12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)
7Artisans 12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)
7Artisans 12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)
7Artisans 12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)

7Artisans 12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)

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The 7Artisans 12mm F2.8 is an ultra-wide angle prime lens

The rating of this product is 5 out of 5

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12mm f/2.8 APS-C (Fuji FX Mount)

The optical system consists of 10 elements in 8 groups and has adopted the Distagon optical design and inner rear focusing mechanism. It is currently the most compact 12mm F2.8 lens on the APS-C market.The lens is suitable for shooting landscapes, architecture, tourism, interior decorations and portraits



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The rating of this product is 5 out of 5

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Prof David Groves
07-10-2021 13:26

The rating of this review is 5 out of 5

Bought the 7 Artisans 12mm f2.8 for Fuji FX mount a couple of weeks ago. In short, I’ve found it to be a fantastic lens. I had mostly used a Fuji 16mm f2 for ‘crowd’ street photography and landscapes and needed something with a wider view... I love the 7Artisans 12mm because:-

-Optically (on real photographs) it’s on par with the Fuji, apart from an odd (but beautiful and controllable) spherical aberration, read more below.

-Minimal barrel distortion optically (on a 12mm lens!!) requiring little or no post-processing correction.

-Minimal chromatic aberration, unlike the more expensive Samyang 12mm f2

-Its super small size
-Superb build quality and butter smooth operation of focus and aperture rings.

-Manual focus is no problem with Fuji’s manual focus ‘peaking’ system, further with a 12mm lens, most of the image is in focus anyway at it’s optimal aperture (f5.6).

-Although the apertures do not ‘click’ in place nor is the aperture selected sent to the camera’s display, the aperture ring is both adequately stiff not to be moved accidently and positioned right against the camera body, reducing any chance of accidental change.

-Not everything is perfect, the lens can flare badly and in an ugly way in darker scenes with bright lights in view / offset from optical axis, the price you pay for such a compact design. Further, I read that poor quality control at 7Artisans factory can result in poor examples occasionally being sold. Happily, 7Artisans UK have a no quibble 14 day return policy allowing you to check that your lens is upto standard. Mine is, and how!

-Finally, that weird spherical aberration. When you exacerbate the effect (black and white, dynamic range 400% and overexpose by 1 to 2 stops, minimum highlight and shadow tone) the results take on the ‘creamy’ feel of Leica lenses of the 1950’s; not making the images blurry, rather causing a smooth scatter from the lighter parts of the image. I guess I should not be surprised as the design is based on Leica’s own Distagnon lens configuration. This effect is easily controlled / refined using either Fuji’s in-camera JPEG settings (dynamic range, highlight and shadow tone settings and exposure) or the free Fuji version of ‘Capture One’, applied to the RAW image.

I love this lens and have been using it more than my Fuji lenses; a good lens is one that takes the most beautiful pictures, not test charts, and is functional and pleasing to use. All this as well as being highly affordable. I will now try other lenses in the 7Artisans Fuji range, in particular the 35mm f1.2 Mk2 with its click aperture stops.

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