I’m not really one for product reviews other than trying to document my own collection of old cameras but I got this lens recently and I am impressed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

7artisans appeared on my horizon only very recently and I have to admit I was almost completely ignorant of them, I guess because I don’t really follow the latest equipment publications and reviews.  I don’t know why but I was browsing B&H and saw this lens, thought “oh that’s that manufacture I have seen recently” then I saw the price;  $69.99.  “That’s cheap” I thought, same range as the Canon ‘Nifty Fifty’ (which I once owned)  and on my MFT would be a 50mm equivalent.  I have been searching for a vintage 25mm to go on my Pen-F but so far failed to find the right thing; this, it seemed, might fill that gap.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I have almost exclusively been using a vintage 38mm which gives me an equivalent 76mm and although I do like and have got used this focal length, sometimes I feel slightly constrained and I want a bit wider.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I checked a few reviews and was not put off so placed an order.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I got the lens last week and it is very good (in my opinion anyway).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Images are sharp and I have found it is close to macro on getting close up on things.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

All the pictures here are JPEGs straight from the camera, no crops or anything other than just resizing to save on space.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The lens has a nice feel, smooth and weighty focus/aperture rings; not plastic’y at all.  The only thing is that infinity is the opposite way to the lens I am used to, which was confusing at first. Other than that I cannot fault this lens so far.  Admittedly I don’t have much to compare to and it is early days but at this price point I’d say it is astounding.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA