The spark for this post started with an email thread between myself and Haimsh where I was detailing my obsession with my new to me Leica M Type 240. Hamish predicted that I would be headed for an M mount slippery slope. The man is not wrong. This is a valid risk. I shared with him that my plan was to gravel and sand the slope with the less expensive lenses I have from 7Artisans and TTArtisans. Similar names. Different companies. Same factory I understand. Different lenses. This post outlines how things are going so far.
7Artisans 50mm 1.1
Often when we speak of black and white film – we really are referring to an infinite palate of shades of gray. And if you’re like me, on occasion you may be guilty of taking the occasional liberties with the contrast level in lightroom to your otherwise perfectly even toned Tri-X. But every so often when you have a real contagion for contrast a film comes along that satisfies this lust to see the world in the most binary tones of black and white.
Revisiting the legendI recently succumb to my GAS and got the Fuji XPro3. But let me explain. I started my Fuji journey on March 2011, the day that the Fuji X100 launched. I was a DSLR shooter at the time – capturing stills with the Canon 5Dmk2 and a cutting edge 1080P footage. This small, retro like, manual dial with beautiful build quality camera caught my eye. After lots of reading, visiting the camera store repeatedly I decided to part with my hard earned cash. March 2011 – the beginning of my Fuji X journey.
7artisans have been producing some absolutely fantastic options in the low-budget lens department, and one of their best entries for rangefinder coupled full frame cameras is the 50mm f/1.1, an incredibly ambitious lens which at first glance many would overlook. It promises a lot in that short description – a staple focal length with an aperture verging on hyperbole – it invokes comparisons to the Noctilux range, and so I did a rough comparison soon after purchasing one. There was a lot of hype around this lens when it was first released, and I truly believe it lives up to it (and quite possibly exceeds it). Any new rangefinder lenses are fantastic to bring people into the Leica system, and into shooting film: at one of the lowest price points it offers an incredible aesthetic to anyone who had been considering the M-mount system.
After a bit of a windfall, I suddenly found myself able to indulge in a camera I had been intrigued by, and yes, consequently lusted after since it first arrived on the scene: the Leica Monochrom. I purchased it used from Red Dot Cameras, and it literally arrived the next day. Mine is the first iteration, based on the M9 body. The 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 was available at a much lower price than the Leica lenses, so I ordered one from this website. It too arrived the next day. Great service all round.