7Artisans 18mm f6.3 BodyCap lens
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7Artisans 18mm f6.3 Simple BodyCap Lens. Review and Sample Photos

7Artisans 18mm f6.3 is a fun little body cap lens. Only pinhole lens can rival it in terms of simplicity. I was worried that it won’t be usable, but was pleasantly surprised by the result.

This is not the first bodycap lens – Fujifilm has XM-FL 24mm f8, Olympus has two lenses and I’ve seen some Kickstarter projects, but most of them had questionable performance. Luckily, this one is different.

Currently there is almost no information about this lens except few images, so I’ll share my discoveries.

Lens Specs:

Focal Length: 18mm (27mm FF equivalent on APS-C cameras)
Aperture: f6.3 (fixed)
Minimum Focus Distance: ~60 cm
Focus: Fixed.
CPU Contacts: No
Lens Construction: 4 groups, 6 elemens
Build: Metal
Filter Threads: None
Height: 14mm
Diameter: 56mm
Mount: FX / E / EOS-M(?) / MFT(?)
Price: 69$

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Pros: Tiny lens that makes camera pocketable.

Cons: No front element cover. Unnecessary writings on the lens.

Package

The lens came in transparent plastic box with simple pouch – a bit unusual for 7Artisans, but it seems they tried to make this lens more affordable.

7Artisans 18mm f6.3 BodyCap lens Front
Front view

7Artisans 18mm f6.3 BodyCap lens Side
Side view

Look

Black coated lens with roman numbers on the front. There are no controls on this lens, so numbers have no practical meaning. Plastic decal applied round the front element with the brand name and lens name – UFO Lens. Personally, I would prefer to have it black and without the plastic sticker as it makes it look cheaper.

7Artisans 18mm f6.3 BodyCap lens Back X-mount
7Artisans 18mm f6.3 UFO Lens

Build

The lens is fully metal, solidly build which is no surprise as there no moving parts. Front element doesn’t have any cover whatsoever – get your dust blower ready! Also, it doesn’t have filter thread, which no surprise looking at the tiny glass element.
There seem to be 3 hex screws on the back, which is possibly focus adjustment, not sure.
Fitting to the camera is secure, no complaints here – nice and tight enough without unnecessary movements.

Fujifilm X-T20 with 7Artisans 18mm f6.3

Handling

This lens is fixed focal length, fixed aperture and fixed focus, so there is literally no controls on the lens therefore it was extremely easy to use. Could make a quick snap at any moment without being worried about the focus and depth of field. Not everyone will like it, but this lens is about taking images instead of messing with settings. The 18mm (27mm) is a popular focal length for street/documentary photography and f6.3 aperture is a great middle line between depth of field and gathering light ability. Would also work well for some landscape or cityscape photography. So I personally enjoyed it and will definitely keep using it.

1/125 ISO400
Surf Coffe Entrance
1/60 ISO200
1/125 ISO640
1/125 ISO640
1/180 ISO1250
1/125 ISO400 Flare
1/125 ISO250
1/125 ISO250
1/125 ISO200

Image quality

My expectation was quite low and I was worried that this lens might be unusable, but this lens surprised me.

Surf Coffe Entrance
1/60 ISO200 Overcast
7Artisans 18mm f6.3 sharpness test center
Center Sharpness
7Artisans 18mm f6.3 sharpness test corner
Corner Sharpness
Sharpness

In my opinion, this lens has a good sharpness considering its size. It might actually perform a bit better on a sunny day with high shutter speed, but I’m yet to use it in such conditions.

There were some questions about sharpness and I decided to add a few more lines about it.
It is important to understand this lens is set to infinity, so the closer the object more out of focus it’s going to be. I’ve measured minimum focus distance as 60cm, but sharpness at this distance is far from being good. As I can see object should be about 2m or further to be sharp.

7Artisans Cap lens 18mm f6.3 1/2sec
7Artisans 18mm f6.3 1/2sec
Cropped
Fuji xf18-55mm @18mm f6.4 1/3sec
Fuji xf18-55mm @18mm f6.4 1/3sec
Cropped

Images above is to compare sharpness between 7Artisans Cap lens and Fujifilm xf18-55mm @18mm f6.4. Shoot at 1.5m distance (measured) and cropped. In my opinion, there is no much difference in sharpness, but some difference in contrast.

7Artisans 18mm f6.3 1/125 ISO2000
Vignetting

There is some vignetting, but I don’t find it important as it can be easily fixed in post and I usually add it anyway.

As a wide angle lens there is noticeable distortion which can be easily fixed on Lightroom.

Watch Crown.
7Artisans 18mm f6.3 1/125 ISO6400 + 26mm Macro rings

Unexpected feature

Surprisingly or not, but paired with macro rings this lens has good macro abilities. Above image without edits, jpeg straight out of the camera. Classic Chrome film simulation. You can clearly see dust particles and that is handheld at 1/125 and ISO6400.

Conclusion

In my opinion this is a great little lens which will be used. It obviously has it’s limitations, but overal this is a fun little lens which produce good result. Will it find it’s user? Not everyone will understand it, not every one will need it, but there will be some people who will like it. I did.

Video Review

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