7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro launches for just about every mirrorless camera

7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro launches for just about every mirrorless camera

Affordable lens manufacturer 7Artisans has just released its new 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens on just about every mirrorless camera format imaginable. 

The exhaustive list of available mounts and corresponding sensor sizes means that the lens will possess a different effective focal length, depending on which system you use: 

Canon RF – 60mm
Nikon Z – 60mm
Leica L – 60mm
Sony E – 90mm
Fujifilm X – 90mm
Canon M – 96mm
Micro Four Thirds – 120mm

Thankfully, the long lens barrel can be removed from the end of the 7Artisans 60mm f.2.8

Thankfully, the long lens barrel can be removed from the end of the 7Artisans 60mm f.2.8

The 10-blade aperture, of course, remains a fast f/2.8 regardless of your camera (although you need to multiply that number by the crop factor of your sensor to get the effective depth of field). 

At 550g the 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro isn't a discreet lens, though its build quality is absolutely rock solid. It contains eight lens elements in seven groups, with the manufacturer stating that the floating system on the front glass guarantees excellent image quality at infinity and 1:1 magnification. 

It's a manual focus-only lens, which is obviously ideal for serious macro work, and the aperture ring has been de-clicked, so you shouldn't disturb any sensitive subjects (or micro-knock the camera position) while adjusting your exposure. 

The 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro on the Fujifilm X-T20

The 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro is available for just about every mirrorless mount, including Fujifilm X

The 60mm f/2.8 has a close focusing distance of 26cm, which allows more room for a lighting setup. Focusing isn't internal, but doesn't protrude as much as the images suggest – you can remove the insanely long lens barrel so as not to scare off any insects you might be trying to sneak up on. 

There's no shortage of extreme close-up optics out there, but early reports suggest that this one could be a serious contender for our list of best macro lenses (opens in new tab).  The 7Artisans 60mm f/2.8 Macro lens is available now for $159 / £159. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.