7Artisans 50mm F1.8, its first autofocus lens, now shipping: Digital Photography Review

7Artisans’ has introduced its first autofocus lens, a 50mm F1.8, for full-frame Sony E-mount bodies. The company has built up an extensive collection of manual focus lenses (for numerous mounts), and we imagine that this “nifty fifty” is the first of many AF lenses to come.
Spec-wise, the 50mm F1.8 has 11 elements, including aspherical, extra-low dispersion and high-refractive glass. The focus group is driven by a stepping motor (STM) for quick and quiet autofocus. 7Artisans claims that the lens supports all of Sony’s AF features, including eye detection. The minimum focus distance is 0.5m (20″) from the end of the lens.
The lens has an all-metal chassis, though there’s no indication that it’s weather-resistant. It’s 104mm (4.1″) long and weighs in at 421g (14.9oz)
The 7Artisans 50mm F1.8 AF is available for $228.

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