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 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.
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.
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.