This is the first generation of this lens, there is second generation already release, but they being sold along to each other, and this one is more affordable option. Let’s see what can it produce in 2022
Focal Length: 60mm (90mm FF equivalent)
Aperture ring: Clickless
Blade Number: 10
Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
Aperture Range: f2.8 – f16
Minimum Focus distance: 26cm
Filter tread: 39mm
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Regarding the appearance, I never liked the images of the lens which I’ve seen online, and to my surprise it looks better in real life, not as bulky and smaller than I thought.
It is a bit bigger and heavier than my XF18-55 kit lens, but it’s smaller and lighter than XF80mm Macro lens from Fujifilm.
|XF18-55 f2.8-4||7Artisans 60mm f2.8||XF80 f2.8 Macro|
As usual with manual Chinese lenses – this one is fully manual and there are no contacts to pass EXIF information to the camera. Also don’t forget to choose shoot without a lens option in the settings, otherwise shutter wouldn’t trigger, quite a few people asked me about it.
Build quality, as always – is great. Fully metal lens smooth focusing ring as well as smooth clickless aperture ring. Screw on lens hood, which looks a bit funky, but I guess it is a good idea to have one. This lens hood is metal as well.
Lens hood is removable, and it is fully extruded only at the maximum magnifications. For longer distance use, the lens is hidden deep in the housing and that itself acts as lens hood.
The cap is 39mm and the lens hood has a tread, so I imagine it would accept the 39mm filter, but I don’t have such a small one, so that is only my guess.
The focus throw is about 220 degrees which is expected from macro, and as expected most of it is for close up/macro range. For an everyday use it is good enough, usability wise, but a bit fiddly to focus on the objects that further away – lets say between 0.8 m to infinity, you operate with about 15 degrees on the focus throw.
For example, this shot was challenging to nail the guy on the scooter. And I didn’t nail it 🙂
The focus ring is smooth and provide enough resistance. It is wide and has zone focusing scale and is marked in meters and feet, as well as with magnification ratios.
The aperture ring is also smooth and with a bit more resistance. Marked from f2.8 to f16.
The tricky part is the filter thread. It is 39mm on the lens hood, and even smaller without it – unfortunately I don’t have tools to check it. So you would probably will have to by step up rings if you want to use lens filters, and it might be difficult to mount a flash on the lens if you use such a system – not a problem for the MKII version of the same lens as I know.
The 7Artisans 60mm is true macro as you can achieve 1:1 ratio. There is an image of a ruler on the minimal focusing distance, which is 26cm. As you can see it covers about 23-24mm and my sensor size is 23.6mm. Which mean it is capable of projecting the object’s real size to the sensor.
Also, as this lens has a comfortable working distance, you can also attach macro rings to it, but it won’t make a huge difference magnification wise and seems like there is some contrast loss.
BTW, shooting macro will limit the amount of light reaching your sensor, so be prepared for it if this is your first macro lens.
Sharpness is pretty good even wide open, I’ve expected to be softer. This is an example shot on 2.8 with all default sharpening disabled, enabled and SOOC JPEG.
Here a few shots with different aperture values cropped into the center. I would say it is sharp enough wide open, gets sharper closed down, and it is softer at f16 due to light diffraction
Corners are softer wide open, but they get better closed down and soft again at f16 as expected.
Produces good amount of background separation due to 60mm focal length and f2.8 aperture – enough for occasional portraiture shots. Shooting macro, you would want to stop down as much as light would allow, increasing depth of field.
If you pixelpeep really hard, you may notice a bit of greenish and magenta color cast, but that is still very good performance.
Seems like there is a tiny bit of the distortion present, but personally I wouldn’t even bother about it.
Just a little bit wide open, barely noticeable – close it down to f4, and I can’t see it at all in the real world examples.
In overall, this is a very solid lens, both build quality and performance wise. Can be used as an all-rounder lens, but as with any manual macro lens, you will have to be patient to focus. For a true all-rounder macro lens, you would be better to get something with autofocus, but that is a different price tag.
Works great as a dedicated macro lens, with an honest 1:1 magnification ratio, with enough skill I believe it is capable to produce professional results.
I plan to compare it to other macro lenses I have, and I already see strong points of this lens, but further testing needed.
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