7artisans 35mm f0.95 Large Aperture APS-C Mirrorless Cameras Lens Compact for Fuji X-T1 X-T2 X-T3 X-T20 X-T30 X-E1 X-E2 X-E3
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I remember you mentioning moving to Washington State. How is it there? I’m glad the guy persuaded you to keep the M system :). It’s worth it, and yes, you can get some great nature stuff with it. Leica Binoculars are fantastic. I own a pair for concerts lol.
7artisans 35mm f0.95 Large Aperture APS-C Mirrorless M4/3 MFT
This lens has possibly some of the best bokeh that you can get for the X series system. And this is even true when including the 50mm f/1 and the 56mm f/1.2 APD So sorry for the late reply! I hope you’re doing good! Thanks for reading my review. It means a lot, and it’s great to hear from you! With such a large maximum aperture, and focal length of 50mm (75mm equivalent), one would think that this lens would be huge but considering what it is, the size of it is actually quite manageable. In other words, it’s really not that big. I would argue it’s actually compact given what its capabilities are. I had this lens mounted on my Fuji X-T3 for weeks, and it’s something that balances very nicely on the camera.At max aperture and close distances (0.5m-1.0m), both have that v soft focus rendering, plus plenty of "glow". On my 7A, by about 2m, that glow is virtually gone, but soft rendering + slightly low contrast remains.. Stopping down to f1.4 sees an improvement, and good by f2. All samples have been shot on my Fujifilm X-pro3 cameras. I have shopped this lens at night as well as in daylight, I have tried to shoot both portraiture and more street oriented images. All images have been post processed using Adobe Lightroom software. I think I understand your point about corner sharpness for lenses like these— let’s see if I got this right. Say you’re using this wide open to get a portrait. Corner sharpness might even be a distraction from the effect you’re trying to get?
35mm f/0.95 APS-C lens for E/EOS-M/FX/M43/Z/EOS-R
The lens exhibits a little bit of barrel distortion, possibly accenting this swirl a little bit further. But as you can see from the examples these flaws are very minute and you have to really push it to make them appear. Le flou d’arrière plan est plaisant et très doux dans la plupart des situations mais dans de rares cas il peut devenir nerveux quand l’arrière plan est lointain et fouilli
The focusing ring has the perfect amount of resistance. Not too much, not too little. I would say the closest thing to this focusing ring is actually my Leica Summicron 50mm f2 v5. And having to reference a Leica lens in regards to build quality makes it abundantly clear just how well built this 7artisans 35mm f0.95 lens really is.
35mm lens comparison: Mitakon, Fujinon, 7artisans Three 35mm lens comparison: Mitakon, Fujinon, 7artisans
Good to hear you can still get work done with your models. funny story — there’s a hotel we’ve stayed at for years. Friends with all the staff, including a flamboyant woman in reception. Turns out she does theater burlesque — competitive, no less, and it has to be G-rated. With COVID shutting down all kinds of theater, I think I’ll suggest she use remote too, and set up the contests online. So, let’s start off with the ergonomics, and in this area, I feel this lens scores huge points. One of the downsides sometimes to a lens with a large maximum aperture is it can be bulky, and heavy but the 35mm f0.95 is actually compact and light. It’s around the size of the Fujifilm XF 35mm f1.4, so it’s definitely something that can be discreet for street shooting, for example. It also weighs just 369 g, so combine that with the size, it’s definitely something that will balance beautifully with a Fujifilm camera body. It’s not too light where it feels cheap but at the same time, it’s not too heavy where it’s just something you don’t want to carry along with you. The size and weight are just about right where you can leave it in your camera bag permanently or use all day long without feeling fatigue. The focus throw on the lens is short, which makes it very ideal for day-to-day use. If you want to finetune your focus during, say, a portrait session, the very fluid motion of the focus ring makes it really easy to do precise focusing even though the throw is shorter than a regular portrait lens where you often get close to 180° of rotation for really fine focus tuning.
IMO, if all you are after is minimum DOF, then there is very little difference between f0.95 to f1.2-f1.4.. What is special about these lenses is their unique, very soft, "glowy" / dreamy rendering at max aperture / close distances.. If you are not interested in this character, then you would be better off with a f1.2-f1.4 lens. (Like the TTa 50mm f1.2)