7Artisans has announced a new 24mm f/1.4 wide-angle prime lens for six APS-C camera mounts that is extremely cheap, but it doesn’t have autofocus.
The company says that the $109 lens is ideal for capturing landscapes, environmental portraits, and other wide-angle scenes and is available for Fujifilm X-mount starting today, with Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Canon EOSM, and Micro Four Thirds mount support coming next week.
The lens is constructed of seven elements arranged into six groups, which includes two extra-low dispersion elements and two refraction elements that 7Artisans says work together to produce sharp, vivid images with minimal distortion. It features an aperture range of f/1.4 through f/16 via a nine-bladed diaphragm, has an angle of view of 61 degrees, a front filter thread of 49mm, and it weighs 344 grams.
That weight is probably due to the all metal build and the fact that the lens isn’t particularly small: it measures 61 by 65mm, or 2.4 by 2.6 inches. In exchange, the company promises a “highly durable” build quality that makes it ideal for outdoor photography.
Of note, the aperture ring doesn’t feature a click or de-click switch, but it instead always de-clicked. As such, the lens is positioned as an option that might appeal to video shooters.
“Say goodbye to distracting clicks while filming and enjoy seamless aperture adjustments that won’t interrupt your footage,” the product description reads. “The clickless aperture ring gives you the freedom to make smooth, precise changes to your depth of field at any time, without disturbing the audio quality.
Since it lacks autofocus, a clicking aperture ring, and, presumably, any electronic connection with an attached camera, the lens arguably is best used for video work.
That said, it is still obviously usable to take still photos and below are a few examples of the image quality, provided by 7Artisans:
The 7Artisans 24mm f/1.4 wide-angle lens for APS-C cameras and Micro Four Thirds is currently available for $109 from Pergear and is also listed on Amazon. Fujifilm X-mount is available this week, with the promise of the other five mounts shipping out starting next week.
Image credits: 7Artisans