7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro II lens review with samples
Seven art sans lens thats hitting the market, their 60 millimeter, f, 2.8 macro mark ii, its a totally manual lens manual focus and manual aperture and itll cost around 180 pounds in the uk or around 180 us dollars. So if youre using a mirrorless, aps c camera, this could be a nice little low budget way for you to get true macro images, while still having a 60 millimeter lens for normal use, with a decently bright aperture for getting somewhat out of focus backgrounds. Macro photography is always enormously fun, particularly if you can do it without having to remortgage your home id like to thank seven artisans for sending me a copy of this lens for testing, but as usual. Well, you know the drill its an independent review, itll be available for fuji x, sony e, nikon, z and micro, four thirds lens mount. As i mentioned, it only offers an aps c image circle heres what youll get on a full frame camera the lens is small and pretty lightweight, despite being mostly made of metal. I, like its gun, metal, gray, lens mount no electronic contacts here, though, or whether ceiling gasket, just a plain, simple manual lens next comes the manual focus ring which is also made of metal. It turns very very smoothly, and it has plenty of precision when shooting at macro distances. However, when shooting at normal distances for portrait pictures or so on, it does get really fiddly and a bit tricky to nail focus the lens display some noticeable focus, breathing zooming in a little as you focus more closely, although its not as bad as usual.
For a macro lens ahead of the focus ring lies the aperture ring, which turns completely smoothly between f 2.8 and f 22, and the iris mechanism has nine iris blades to it. The lens does not come with a hood, but it does have a slip on lens cap for the front and a 49 millimeter filter thread. All in all, the lens is small, tough and very simply constructed. It works. Fine, although i wish the focus ring were more precise for focusing at normal distances. Well lets take a look at image. Quality now, im testing this one on a sony a5100 with its 24 megapixel aps c sensor in camera. Image corrections are not available for this lens. At f 2.8, the lens is fantastically sharp in the middle, with very good contrast and very low color fringing over in the corners things arent, so rosy anymore. The lens is fairly soft. There stop down to f4 for an improvement there, but even when stopping down to f 5.6 or even f11, those corners never really get sharp. So our conclusion is that simple. This is a lens thats, very sharp, in the middle, with good contrast, but simply soft in the corners for micro. Photography, though, where youre focusing on just one subject, ideally in the middle of your image, that might not be so bad. Just keep your subject in the middle of your picture now lets take a look at distortion and vignetting the lens projects.
A little pin cushion distortion here, not ideal, but if youre taking portrait pictures with it at least itll make your subject, look a little thinner at f, 2.8 and f4. The corners are a little dark, but not terribly so stop down to f 5.6 and they brighten up a little bit. This is a macro lens, so lets take a proper look at its close up image: quality at f, 2.8, close up sharpness and contrast remain excellent. At least in the middle of your images, it stays this sharp down to f11 stop down any further like f16, and the image will quickly start to get a lot softer from the effects of diffraction lets see how this lens works against bright light. Not particularly well is the answer theres a fair bit of flaring to be seen here, although admittedly ive seen much worse than this before now lets see about the quality of this lenses, bokeh being an f 2.8 optic for aps c cameras, its hardly a background obliterator, But it can give you some nice background separation. The quality of its backgrounds is just okay. They look a bit fussy, if truth be told, but never outright. Ugly and related to bokker comes longitudinal chromatic aberration at f 2.8 theres, a little colourful, highlighting on outer focus areas stop down to f4 and its reduced overall for 180 pounds. You could do a lot worse than this 60 millimeter macro lens for aps c, mirrorless cameras, although it obviously has some issues, it suffers from corner softness and mildly nervous, bokeh and its a little fiddly to focus at normal, focused distances, but leaving that aside, it does Always offer you some very sharp resolution in the middle of your pictures and good colors and contrast and thats enough for most macro applications.