It’s finally coming. A silver version of the 7Artisans 35mm f/2. I have an excellent 35mm lens on hand currently – a Voigtlander 35mm F/2 Ultron – but the thought of the 7Artisans in silver excites me. I got the black one when it first came out, and I always thought there should be a silver one for how good it would look. Now that it’s actually happening, it makes me think about my time I spent with this lens.
When I first heard of the 7Artisans 50mm F/1.1 (never tried it), I wondered if they would come out with a budget 35mm for M-Mount. Then they did. I remember reading Hamish’s initial review on the prototype 7Artisans 35mm f/2 and I was so excited. I shared the post with many of my friends but few shared my enthusiasm through concerns about it being a budget lens.
I bought it the moment it came out. Regardless of the pricing, I was very impressed by what I saw from the photos. I mounted it on my Leica M-E (which I have since sold) and went around Singapore taking pictures of people (below).
I really enjoyed using it for a long time. It is light and small, and it actually looked good on the camera too. In fact, it looks like a cousin of Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron Asph – a lens that cost ten times more, though I certainly don’t think the Leica images is ten times that of the 7Artisans. Again, for the price range of 7Artisans, there is really little to complain about.
Will I buy the silver 7Artisans 35mm f/2? I don’t know… the only reason I am unsure is that I rather religiously practice a one-lens one-camera philosophy, and I don’t know if I could sell my 35mm Ultron… but it is tempting. This time, I know my excitement for the 7Artisans is justified.
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