7Artisans AF 50mm F1.8 review: this nifty fifty is the company’s first ever autofocus lens

The 7Artisans AF 50mm F1.8 for Sony E-mount cameras is full-frame compatible, as expected, but it also features the big bonus of autofocus.

7Artisans AF 50mm F1.8
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Everybody loves a nifty fifty and the 7Artisans AF 50mm F1.8 has a lot going for it. I like that it includes some exotic glass, has a de-clicked aperture ring and is smartly turned out with a quality metal barrel. It’s a good performer with an attractive price tag.

Pros

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    Quality design and build

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    Impressive sharpness

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    Aperture control ring

Cons

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    Aperture ring has no locking switch

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    Quite bulky

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    Lacks any weather-seals

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7Artisans is a company that was formed by a number of Chinese camera enthusiasts back in 2015. By the time its first lens went into production, seven people remained from the original group, hence the company name. 

7Artisans makes a number of lenses in a variety of mount options and I’ve been impressed in the past with its full-frame compatible 7Artisans 50mm f/1.05 and 7Artisans 10mm f/2.8 Fisheye, both of which I’ve tested in Nikon Z-mount editions. I actually liked the fisheye lens so much I bought one. I’ve also reviewed the recently released ultra-wide-angle but rectilinear 7Artisans 9mm F5.6 which is a good option among Sony E-mount lenses.

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Mount optionsSony E (FE)
Full frameYes
AutofocusYes
Image stabilizationNo
Lens construction11 elements in 9 groups
Angle of view46.8 degrees
Diaphragm blades11
Minimum aperturef/16
Minimum focus distance0.5m
Maximum magnificationUnspecified
Filter size62mm
Dimensions72x104mm
Weight421g
7Artisans 50mm f/1.05

The <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/7artisans-50mm-f105-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">7Artisans 50mm f/1.05 lacks autofocus and actually has no built-in electronics at all but despite its super-fast aperture rating, it’s a smaller (although heavier) lens.

Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art

At 670g, the <a href="https://www.digitalcameraworld.com/reviews/sigma-50mm-f14-dg-dn-art-review" data-link-merchant="digitalcameraworld.com"">Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art isn’t massively heavier and boasts a faster f/1.4 aperture. Sigma has an illustrious history of great nifty fifties but this one is our favorite to date.

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