↑ Leica M10 + 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1.
The comparison test I posted yesterday revealed something unexpected: the minimum focus distance is greater than the advertised 0.7 m (either that or my Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH focuses closer than 0.7 m, which is unlikely). I hadn’t noticed it until I ran the head-to-head comparison and found that I couldn’t get as close with the 7Artisans as I could with the Leica.
Other than that (disappointing) surprise, I have been satisfied with the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1. It’s an interesting lens that has polarized photographers’ opinions of it (although some have passed judgment without actually laying their hands on one). The mini-controversy surrounding it was the main reason I wanted to post images without first identifying the lens.
Those who criticize this 7Artisans lens I think miss the point. In my case, I bought it hoping for a dreamy look (for lack of a better phrase) that the technically more capable 50 ‘lux does not as readily provide.
Moreover, having previously owned the Leica f/1 Noctilux (a lens also known for its dreamy look), I would say that the 7Artisans 50mm f/1.1 compares quite favourably and it would, in fact, be my choice between the two.
Examples of recent images:
Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH vs. Undisclosed Lens #7.
(EDIT January 4, 2018: I have revealed the identify of Lens #7 here.)
Entire scene (please click on image to enlarge):
100% centre crop (please click on image to enlarge):
Which one is “superior”?:
Clearly the Leica 50mm Summilux ASPH.
Will I still continue to use Undisclosed Lens #7?:
Yes. I value this lens for its “flaws”.
This also happens to be Test Shot #3 of Undisclosed Lens #7, stopped down this time in order to get everyone in focus (the first two test images were shot wide open).
Of note, after only a day’s worth of experience with this lens, I was confidant enough to use it for a group portrait.
As an aside, we had a relatively warm Christmas week this year, hence the absence of snow.
↑ Leica M10 + Undisclosed Lens #7.