7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 -- is it really f/0.95? Reliable way to find that out?

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Tim van der Leeuw Contributing Member • Posts: 522
7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 -- is it really f/0.95? Reliable way to find that out?


I watched a video on YouTube by Andrew & Deanae where he plays around with a set of 3 cheap manual-focus lenses, including the TTArtisans 50mm f/1.2 and 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95 which of which I own, and he made a comment somewhere near the start that piqued my interest, about measuring the actual light-gathering abilities of these lenses.

Here's the link to the video:


So I played around a bit with both lenses on my X-H1, setting the camera in spot-metering and setting a fixed ISO and shutterspeed, and checking the under/over exposure indication on the top plate.

I came to the conclusion that for the 7Artisans 35mm f/0.95, the increase in light-gathering when going from f/1.4 to (supposed) f/0.95 is only 1/3 of a stop, not the 1 1/3 of a stop that I was expecting!

More details in a long post which I made in the 3d-party lens forum:


But since this lens has been discussed quite a bit on this forum as well I decided to post a link to that here with my conclusions in short.

Let me know what you think of it, preferably in the other thread on the other forum!

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