The last weeks have been highly exiting to me. 7Artisans has launched a firework of new high-end lenses and I was very lucky to get my hands on some early samples. All this started with the stunning new 7Artisans 60mm f2.8 Macro MK II. A lens that is a true update to the already very good MK I version. Read the full comparison report here: 7Artisans 60mm f2.8 Macro comparison MK I / MK II. The new macro lens was followed up by the brand new 7Artisans 50mm f0.95. A great lens with big availble light potential for street as well macro pictures. Read my first test report here: First impressions and test of the new 7Artisans 50mm f0.95. The third candidate in this row of the state of the art lenses provided by 7Artisans has been the impressive 7Artisans 25mm f0.95 lens. A lens, that has the full bandwidth of Landscape, Street and Portrait even at low light situations. See two of my reviews and first impressions over here: Street & Portrait samples the new 7Artisans 25mm f0.95 lens, The NEW 7Artisans 25mm f0.95 test with lens hood.
After testing and playing around with all these cutting edge lenses, the lens I am testing today is… “just normal”. The 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 APSC is for me a kind reminder to my early days when I started my passion in photography. I used a Yashica TL Electro with a 50mm f1.7 lens 40 years ago. Please read my photography journey: MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY. The angle of view at a 50mm lens on full frame (35mm on APSC) is close to the typical way we humans are seeing the world. That is the reason why we are attracted so much to images made with this kind of lens. Having this in mind and the pleasure in my heart I had when I started my photography journey this test is for me something more than normal business, it is very emotional.
Let us start with some Technical details on this lens. The 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 APSC will be available with E, Z, FX, EOS-M and M43 mount. The diaphragm has 9 blades and the filter diameter is 49mm. The optical construction is made of 9 lenses in 5 groups with an image angel of 43 deg. Closest focus distance is 35mm measured from the plane of the sensor. The aperture is de-clicked and the lens has a length of 42.2mm with a max. diameter of 60mm at a total weight of 228g.
Next to the specification facts there are other information many people will be interested in. Yes, also this lens has some focus breathing, not as bad as the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2 MK I but there is some. I guess this is the trade in if you design such a compact and light weight lens. To me in real life photography this does not really matter but for those who are busy with reproduction imaging this might be a show stopper to invest into this lens.
To me is much more important the edge to edge performance in sharpness, details and vignettes even at f1.4. My first impression, as you will see yourself on the pictures in the attached gallery, the edge to edge performance is very promising. Of course the reality I will only know when I had the opportunity to shoot on my test landscape as I have done in my 35mm comparison: 35mm third-party lens comparison for Fujifilm FX mount. I will do this detailed test very soon. I expect this lens to perform much better than the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2 MK I. Having this said, with lighter weight and even more compact footprint I love to shoot with the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2 MK I. To me this is a lens, next to all its optical limitations, with a lot of character.
My first impression of the new 7Artisans 35mm f1.4 APSC tells me, also this lens has character and might be my next preferred always on lens. I could imagine to use this lens as the only lens for my next business trip with very small hand luggage. The build quality and finish of this lens is at the same very high level compared to all these state of the art lenses mentioned at the beginning of this article. The same anodized and polished lens mount designed to a lifetime performance, as well the well damped smooth movement of the focus and aperture ring. Perhaps I might say where the focus ring of the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2 MK I is a bit too loose the focus ring on this new lens is a bit to sticky. What you prefer is a very personal taste, to me sticky is better.
Now please enjoy a close look to the sample images I made and I am really looking forward to your impressions and feedback.