As stated in a previous post I really liked the APS-C E mount 7Artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens.
What did I like about it. Welp:
- One of the least expensive fisheye lenses at $139.
- Somehow one of the smallest lenses also.
- One of the brightest aperture fisheye lenses at f/2.8.
- One of the widest non-circular fisheye lenses available.
- Even besting a full-frame option at an 11.25mm equivalent focal length for more than $200 less.
- The widest one at B&H.
- Very well built.
- It comes with a nifty metal cap like the other 7Artisans lenses.
So why did I sell it? Good question. I traded it and other lenses with the cameras (a6000/a6100) it was attached to in order to fund an A7c.
Why not use the 7.5mm f/2.8 in crop mode on the A7c? Loss in MP in general but especially when defisheying…
…, but more on that later.
First a walk down memory lane. I fully admit that fisheye lenses have a limited use case, but I like them any way.
First came the micro four thirds Rokinon/Samyang/Bower 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye (15mm equivalent).
Next was the freebie from Samsung for review last ditch marketing effort before the fall AF Samsung 10mm (15mm equivalent) f/3.5 fisheye.
Test drove with a Takumar 17mm f/4.5 Fisheye (Courtesy SE Camera) that I really liked, but at 17mm it was a longer than I like for a fisheye.
So I like fisheye lenses. I really like 7Artisans, but they do not make a full frame fisheye lens. But another Artisan does.
TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 Fisheye
And even though it is a different company the lens shares many traits with the APS-C 7Artisans lens.
- At $215 it is not that much more than the 7Artisans APS-C lens.
- Currently the only full frame mirrorless fisheye lens regardless of mount.
- That is quite the impressive front element there.
- A bright aperture for a fisheye lens (even compared to SLR options) at f/2.8.
- Like the 7Artisans it is a very sharp lens.
- A wide non-circular fisheye lens. Functionally besting the 7Artisans full-frame equivalent 11.25mm focal length.
- Very well built and a good looking lens.
- It comes with a nifty metal cap.
- Great colors.
- Small enough to pair well with the small A7c.
This is where I might usually post a comparison, but as mentioned above there are no mirrorless lenses to compare it to.
Now for the bonus round mentioned earlier.
Just like the 7.5mm 7Artisans courtesy Lightroom this lens does a fair impression of a rectilinear wide-angle lens using the Rokinon/Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 lens profile.
No crop loss of MP. The reason I stated above that I did not want to shoot in APS-C crop with the 7.5mm lens I had was that I occasionally crop fisheye images because in order to frame like I like I will capture more than I want. That will happen with an 11mm fisheye lens. For the shot below I wanted the car on the XY axis to minimize distortion. This left me with a lot I did not want to capture in the lower third of the frame. By using the entire sensor here I am left with enough detail in the remaining frame so the image does not fall apart. I actually could use the original image since I kept what mattered on the XY plane, but I included the defisheyed sample to show the difference.
All this for $215. A definite win for TTArtisans and consumers.
I am looking forward to getting out and about with this lens. Here is an ongoing gallery and here some additional samples below
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