7Artisans mirrorless lenses
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7Artisans mirrorless lenses

$70 | 7Artisans | Amazon

You may not be familiar with 7Artisans, but the Chinese optical manufacturer has introduced a collection of small and fast lenses intended to offer a lower cost option for mirrorless camera owners. They include a $70 25mm F1.8 (Sony E/Fujifilm X/MFT), a $156 35mm F2 (Sony E/Fujifilm X/Canon EOS M), and a 7.5mm F2.8 fisheye (Sony E/Fujifilm X/MFT). Slightly outside of our $50-250 price range, there is also a pretty interesting $370 50mm F1.1 lens for Leica M mount.

The lenses are zero-electronics, all manual focus, feature a copper core with an aluminum exterior, use 10 or 12 blade apertures, and most come in black or silver finishes. Reviews on optical and build quality seem to fall into the 'a great deal for the price' category. Here’s a discussion about the 25mm F1.8 from our own forums.