7Artisans Lenses

5 Frames Composed in Layers, with a 35mm Lens – by Simon King

The last piece I wrote featuring images made with this lens was on the topic of its strength when applied to fast paced, from-the-hip shooting situations. This is certainly not news to anyone already adept with the ways of a 35mm, and I doubt anything I mention here will be really groundbreaking either. I had hoped that within a few rolls of continuous use with this lens that something would click, and I would attain some higher level of understanding in the same way that 90 and 50 just make sense to me.

7artisans 50mm f/1.1 Long Term Review – by Simon King

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.

7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 & 28mm f/1.4 Reiview – Alternatives or Imposters? – By Jeremy Rata

I am a published documentary photographer. (www.jeremyrata.com) and have a lifestyle and product photographic business (www.hospitalityphotographic.com). For my business I use Nikon, for my documentary work I have been using Leica for over 12 years starting off with an MP transcending to all their digital offerings up to my current camera the M10. I love them. The lenses I currently use are Leica’s 18mm Super Elmar, 28mm Summicron, and the 35mm & 50mm Summiluxes.

7Artisans 28mm f/1.4 late-prototype early impressions preview

On Monday this week I received a 7Artisans 28mm f/1.4 late-prototype lens to play with. There’s been a lot of information churning around the rumour mills about this lens lately. But to my knowledge I’m at least one of the first to get my hands on one… so I thought I’d share some very early thoughts and a few sample images.

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