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5 frames with a Leica M6 TTL and 7artisans 35mm f/2 Sonnar – by EMULSIVE

I guess I should start off by saying that I’m not a fan of the 35mm focal length and with SLRs at least, I’ve never gotten on with it. It feels too wide but then again, not quite wide enough – a no man’s land of the focal length world (for me). This is the first roll of film I’ve shot on this focal length in at least four years.

I recently received one of the very first production samples of the new M-mount 7artisans 35mm f/2 Sonnar lens and set about shooting a few rolls to see what it was all about. The five frames you see below were taken with my Leica M6 TTL 0.85 and 7artisans 35mm f/2 on Fujicolor C200.

I wear glasses and specifically purchased the 0.85 M6 TTL to shoot with a 90mm lens. The viewfinder magnification with glasses means seeing the 35mm frame lines isn’t super easy but I think I’ve gotten it pretty much down to pat.

Here are my five…

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

Leica M6 TTL 0.85, 7artisans 35mm f/2

I love the way a Sonnar renders.

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The images you see above were taken mostly at f/4 or f/5.6, my personal “sweet spot” for the lens. In terms of build quality and feel in the hand, I’ll reiterate Hamish’s thoughts: the lens is strides ahead of 7artisan’s M-mount 50mm f/1.1. There’s a click-stop aperture (evenly-spaced full stops) and the new integrated focus tab is solid and nicely scalloped. It’s also quite a bit heavier than it looks.

Great build, great feel, great rendering: it’s a loud warning to third-party M-mount lens manufacturers that they should not rest on their laurels.

If you want to read more about the lens, the first official review is up right now on EMULSIVE.

Thanks for reading,

EM

 

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    Saptarshi
    April 19, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    I so agree with the opinion of 35mm. It’s wide but not enough nor narrow enough. Maybe because I’ve seen too many 35mm images growing up? Personally I prefer the 24mm which considerably wider can also provide a sense of drama

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    Art Tafil
    April 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Hole I’ve never shot with the 7 Artisans 35 f/2 sonar lens, I do have and use the Zeiss 35 f/2 Biogon for a normal lens on my M9 and my M5. It gives me that just a little more room in the frame so I can crop later.

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    jeremy
    April 20, 2018 at 8:27 am

    For me 35mm is a good compromise as a one lens solution. Ideally a 45 or 50 with a 28 would be better.

    Regarding the 7Artisans lenses, I handled the prototype which Hamish has. I was very impressed with the build quality and size. Had I not a 35/2 Biogon, I’d have been first in the queue to buy one.

    These five images show how nicely it renders colour and seems to have character.

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    Scott
    April 22, 2018 at 3:12 am

    Interesting. In 40 years, I’ve never been able to use a 35mm lens on an SLR, or a 35mm equivalent on a DSLR. The focal length seems too narrow or too wide for everything I try to shoot.
    But on rangefinder cameras it seems entirely natural and appropriate.
    I have no idea why.

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      Son Pham
      April 25, 2018 at 4:31 am

      Scott, I think it might come down to how we compose on different systems. With a regular 0.72x rangefinder, one can see just enough of the scene outside the 35mm frame lines. In my experience, it tricks the mind into thinking that the lens is a tad wider than it seems. But of course while paying attention to the frame lines for the real shot, we know that it isn’t really too wide either and subconsciously compensate for the extra space in the viewfinder. I think it makes composing the shot with a 35mm lens very easy and natural. (Hope that makes sense)

      To achieve a similar effect on an SLR/DSLR, I find that using a camera with a large, high-magnification viewfinder helps (the amazing 0.96x viewfinder on the Bessaflex first comes to mind).

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    Steve
    April 24, 2018 at 3:59 am

    Have you weighed your copy? I find the stated 320 grams weight a bit unlikely…

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    Bent_Brent
    May 1, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    These shots are spectacular – those first two images have resolution and micro-contrast out the yin-yang. This is a very impressive lens. Wow.

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      EMULSIVE
      May 2, 2018 at 3:38 am

      You are too kind, thank you!

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