Boy, Portrait.

2019, 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1, Favourite, Inspiration, Leica M10, Lighting - Westcott Ice Light, Portrait, Prosophos Custom Lightroom Presets, Q&A, Teaching point, Within 200 feet of My House™

With a lens like the 7Artisans 50mm 1.1, I’m seriously asking myself whether I should keep the Leica 50 Summilux ASPH.


  • Lighting:  Westcott Ice Light.
  • Processing:  My Leica M10 presets for Lightroom.


Leica M10 + 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1.

15 thoughts on “Boy, Portrait.

  1. *Smacks Face

    Not again!

    Listen…the 7 Artisans lens is a fine lens (and a personal favourite!) but it is not a 50 Lux.

    Do not repeat the errors of the past. Enjoy the flexibility of having BOTH.

    (oh and nice portrait!)

    1. Thank you my friend, for your candour and compliment.

      When I was writing the post, I was about to add the remark “…but I’ve bought and sold the 50 Summilux more times than I care to admit”, but decided against it.

      Do not worry, I will not repeat the errors of the past.

      Thanks again Mark.

  2. I am a frequent visitor to your site, but do not frequently comment.


    You have the skill set and talent to make everything work for you, which is truly amazing and inspiring.

    It is because of your posts that I decided to go back into Leica world (with a Leica M10) after having sold off my Leica M9 years ago.

    Keep inspiring us to shoot Peter, truly been a pleasure be able to witness your photographic journey over the years.

    Dalal Al-Mutawa

    1. Dalal, thank you for taking the time to write a comment, and such a nice one at that.

      I hope your experience with the M10 has been a positive one.

      Please don’t be a stranger in the future… my hope is that this site fosters positive interactions between photographers of all types.

      1. Hey Peter,

        Just got my M10p yesterday. My experience thus far tells me Ive got a long way to go! :’)

        Im not used to the colors, everything seems kind of flat.

        So I can kind of imagine the time and energy you expelled trying to come up with proper formula while editing your photos (namely your presets).

        I hope to update you soon with some proper samples after I concoct my own formula.

  3. You’ve shown great work with the 50 Lux, it’s time to challenge yourself with the 50/1.1 and for us to sit back and enjoy the results. Don’t have to sell the Lux, just lock it up until summer?

    1. Glen, thank you kindly. I can tell you know that I’m still perversely tempted to part with the 50 ‘lux, despite what I say, haha… but I’ll listen to you and Mark and hold on to it.

  4. LOL. Ah, the eternally restless Peter. 🙂

    No. Don’t sell the Lux. Continue channelling, or perhaps in this case battling, the restlessness into your photos instead.

  5. Peter – I’ll be getting the 7Artisan lens when I return to the States in April. I have the DR Summicron and the Summilux-50 pre-ASPH, which I’ve always liked more than the later ASPH. I can’t conceive of selling these but, then, who knows, considering you’re thinking about selling yours?

    At least the 7Artisan could cure some people’s Noctolux lust. Actually, I had the f/1 Noctilux. I had bought it in Paris for $2,400 and sold a few years later for the same price in Thailand. Turned out that six months later the price jumped to $6,000+. I sold it because I rarely used it: it was heavy and I disliked the long focus throw — and I like the Summilux 50 pre-ASPH more, particularly for shots at 1 meter.

    1. Greetings Mitch!

      Mitch Alland wrote: “At least the 7Artisan could cure some people’s Noctolux lust…”

      Mitch, it has definitely cured mine. I’ve looked back at my Noctilux f/1 images and the recent ones with the 7Artisans 50/1.1, and I prefer the rendering of the 7Artisans.

      Add to that the fact that the 7Artisans is lighter and focuses closer than 1 m, and it is a no-brainer (notice that I didn’t even mention the price?).


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