7Artisans. I love what they are creating with their lenses. Tiny but high quality lenses that are fast and high quality – compared to some modern day plastic fantastic lenses at least.
I first discovered 7Artisans lenses when I was searching for the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 lens. I soon realised that this lens was going to cost me an arm, leg, lung and possibly my house to buy, so I was on the hunt to find alternative glass. That’s when I chanced upon the 50mm f/1.1. After shooting with the 50mm for over a year, I have since become a convert to the 7Artisans clan of lenses.
Today I purchased the 28mm f/1.4.
I couldn’t wait to make my way home to try the lens on my Leica M10. I got back to my studio and set the lens box on my work table ready to film an unboxing. Within the box were the usual suspects – lens, adjustment manual, a rubber focus attachment, etc. As soon as I picked up the lens the thing that struck me was the weight. The 28mm felt dense and a touch front heavy compared to my 50mm f/1.1. But nothing that dramatically alters the ergonomics of the lens in my opinion.
The aperture ring has clicks! Hurray! Filming on the A7iii with the 50mm is great with the ceclicked aperture ring, but I do prefer the clicks as I am used to adjusting by feel. So I was happy with the aperture ring on the 28mm f/1.4. The other pleasant surprise is the focus ring – super smooth and oh so well dampened. Focusing this lens is a joy.
But what about the images?
Shooting with this lens on the Sony A7iii is no problem with the EVF. Shooting on the Leica M10 is just as easy using the rangefinder patch but there is some viewfinder blockage. But, I have always shot and preferred 28mm over the conventional 35mm field of view, so a little blockage didn’t really affect my shooting experience.
Sharpness at F1.4
When I buy a fast lens I want to shoot wide open. Sharpness is one of the driving factors but overly sharp lenses don’t interest me. Almost any lens delivers sharpness (especially when stopped down) but what I am looking for is character. The 28mm is sharp at f/1.4 in the centre and a tad soft in the corners but this is perfectly fine. The fact that I can have clarity and sharpness with a distinct character at f/1.4 is awesome. Oh, did I mention there are 13 aperture blades, and that bokeh at f/1.4 is Cadbury creamy!
Overall I find that 7Artisans have created a lens with quality as the focus. Anyone looking for a 28mm lens can look no further than the 7Artisans 28mm f/1.4 in my opinion.
Thanks for reading!