7Artisans is a group of Chinese camera enthusiasts who came together for a dinner in Summer of 2015. They discussed their passions over the dinner table. Some were interested in optical design while others were more skilled at running factory production lines, and one was an avid Leica lens collector. Everyone who participated came to same conclusion:“If we involve our skills and work together, we can create new high quality original camera lenses.” That is how the 7Artisans Project began.
During the early stages, many different people joined the project, gradually forming the initial team. The road to fulfilling their goals was a long and laborious one. That story began with testing prototypes and identifying problems, improving on designs, as well as streamlining assembly and identifying further issues. We harnessed these problem solving opportunities to strengthen our existing ideas, and come up with entirely new ones. The cycle of trial and error never ceased.