7artisans 35mm F2.0 E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44481 date: Mar-20-2020
sharpness: 4
color: 4
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 3
overall: 3.8
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Sony FE 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Neewer 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss 32 F1.8 Touit
Rokinon 35 F1.2
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 35 F1.8
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Yongnuo EF 35 F2
Minolta AF 35 F2
Tamron 35 F2.8 OSD
Rokinon AF 35 F2.8
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Sony FE 40 F2.5 G
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
Pentax-FA 43 F1.8 Limited
price paid:122 USD (used)
positive:Well aligned
Very little CA
Clicked aperture
Brass helicoid
Smeary corners
Moderate barrel distortion
Warm color cast
Narrow aperture ring
comment:This lens was available by November 2016 with a Viltrox brand. There were several reviews in 2017. There's a newer Leica M-mount version with the aperture control at the front of the lens. Of course that version is more expensive. This was a like-new black 7Artisans E-mount copy offered by a reliable eBay store. "Made in China"

This is a heavy lens. It gives the impression it is made out of steel instead of aluminum alloy. I did find out it uses a brass focusing helicoid. It is not the most compact lens. The built-in hood reminds me that I still haven't found a hood that fits the hood bayonets of the Neewer 35mm F1.2 and 32mm F1.6 lenses. The built-in hood is nearly useless. The lens flares badly with a light source just outside of the frame--extending the hood doesn't help. It doesn't offer any real protection either.

Other than flare it performs better than the bulky Minolta MD 35 F1.8. The third-party AF lenses are better for landscapes being much flatter field, but those are also much more expensive. It is like a full-frame version of the APS-C 25mm F1.8 primes. It is no Zeiss Loxia or Voigtländer. It may be slightly better than the Kipon Iberit 35 F2.5.

This lens has less axial CA than any of the other 35mm lenses I've tried so far.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 4.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 3.00
  • overall: 3.80
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