7Artisans 12mm T2.9 APS-C MF Cine Lens Review

7Artisans 12mm T2.9 Mark II APS-C lens Review

Fisheye lenses are your ultimate companion when you want an expanded field of vision and wider shots. A fisheye lens is an extremely wide-angle lens that produces “curved panoramic” or “hemispherical” pictures, often at 180 degrees. With the finest fisheye lens, you can unlock so much potential in shooting wider-angled photography. The fisheye lenses are pretty popular among imaginative photographers, vloggers, and filmmakers. And why wouldn’t it be? You can do so much with these lenses, including getting wider shots, close focusing, changing points of view, interesting distortion, trying new compositions, creating abstract imagery, and many more.

Moreover, fisheye lenses are also pretty demanding in underwater shooting, extreme sports, astrophotography, and even creating virtual environments.

Let’s meet the 7Artisans 12mm T2.9 Mark II APS-C lens that will fully meet your photography needs. 7Artisans T2.9 is an awesome and affordable Ultra-Wide Cine Lens for APS-C cameras.

Whether you wish to achieve a more panoramic view with your wide-angle photography or try something different and creative with your camera, this 7Artisans lens will cater to all your needs. 

7Artisans 12mm T2.9 Mark II APS-C lens Review

The 7Artisans 12mm T2.9 Mark II APS-C lens is the fourth new member of their vision series that makes up for the lack of wide-angle view. This fisheye lens will allow you to capture images you didn’t think were possible. Let’s see what great features this lens boasts for us.


  • Focal Length: 12mm
  • Lens Material: Metal
  • Lens type: Prime Lens
  • Frame Type: APS-C
  • Aperture: T2.9-T16
  • Diaphragm Blades: 9 pcs
  • Angle of View: 100 Degree
  • Aperture Ring: De-clicked
  • Filter Size: 82mm
  • Mounts: RF, FX, M43, L, E

Design and Construction

Sharp, compact, and robust are the perfect words to describe the construction quality of 7Artisans lenses. With a big, sturdy metal lens that is relatively large to match the other Vision series lenses, everything is made with high precision. The lens is roughly 70mm long and has an 89mm diameter. Its body is made entirely of metal and weighs around 600g in total. The front of the lens barrel has an 82mm filter thread for holding filters.

Optical Design and Features

This ultra-wide angle lens’ optical construction comprises 12 components organized into 10 groups. According to the manufacturer, the T2.9 aperture has a 9-blade design that should provide photographs with a good, smooth bokeh. You can enhance the sense of atmosphere and expression of the subject with a soft bokeh effect in your photography. 

The glass has excellent close-up capabilities as it offers a focus distance of just 0.14 meters, so the subject can stand out from the background. The wider field of view of 100 degrees increases the sense of space and depth in your picture. 

Smooth Focusing

The aperture and focus rings are both slick. The gears on the rings are of excellent quality and flawless. To ensure accurate focusing, the focus ring has a 270-degree focus throw, which is great for photography and video. It creates a good close-up “standard” lens and lets you focus on fine details more accurately. 


This brand-new 12mm T2.9 features a prime cinema lens. It is totally manual and made to fit the APS-C format. It also comes with six alternative mirrorless mounts, including Canon RF, FUJIFILM X, Leica L, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z, and Sony E, which are available for the lens.

Wrapping Up

Who says buying a new lens needs to be expensive? The 7Artisans 12mm T2.9 Mark II APS-C lens has a decent price tag, yet it has the same impressive bulging fisheye effect as a much an expensive one. With its T2.9 large aperture, 270° focus travel, dream bokeh, and closest focusing distance, this lens will allow you to capture anything from the smallest detail in enormous panoramas to complete abstractions. 

Joe Pfeffer

Joe Pfeffer

What started off as just a dream for Joe Pfeffer, turned into his passion and livelihood. He started his career as a wildlife photographer and then transitioned into becoming a cinematographer. With a decade of raw on-the-field experience, Joe Pfeffer has all the technical knowledge about the ins and outs of cameras. Now, he uses his vast experience to educate others about photography.