7Artisans 9mm F5.6 review

The 7Artisans 9mm F5.6 is a full-frame compatible rectilinear prime lens that’s super-small but packs in a humungous field of view, at a very reasonable asking price.

7Artisans 9mm F5.6
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This conveniently compact and lightweight lens nevertheless bears some heavyweight credentials. It’s a rectilinear rather than curvilinear (or fisheye) lens, shoehorning an epic 132-degree viewing angle into its small build, and with a solid metal construction that stretches to the integral hood and slip-on metal cap. It’s a fully manual lens but focusing is quick and easy, thanks to the enormous depth of field, even at the lens’s widest aperture of f/5.6. At the price, it’s a nicely crafted and very useful kit bag addition for capturing sweeping vistas in landscape photography, architectural interiors when space is tight, vlogging when you want to set yourself in an expansive scene, and a lot more besides. We’re really rather keen on it!


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    Immense 132-degree viewing angle

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    Solid build and nice handling

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    Quality glass


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    No autofocus

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    No camera-based aperture control

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    No lens-based EXIF data

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The 7Artisans 9mm F5.6 is a full-frame compatible lens that comes in Canon RF, Leica L, Nikon Z and Sony E mount options. It has an astonishingly wide field of view for a rectilinear lens, pretty much as wide as it gets without going curvilinear, or ‘fisheye’. Speaking of which, 7Artisans also offers a highly capable 10mm F2.8 Fisheye and some other very desirable lenses including the super-fast 50mm F1.05. Like those two, the 9mm F5.6 is a fully manual lens with no built-in electronics, but that’s not really a setback, as we’ll come to later.

(Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.