Leica 7Artisans 50/1.1, Nokton 50/1.1, and Jupiter-3+ 50/1.5 Visit Gunston Hall

BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
The Second “informal Comparison” is between the 7Artisans 50/1.1, Voigtlander Nokton 50/1.1, and Lomography Jupiter-3+ 50/1.5 at Gunston Hall, home of George Mason, in Northern Virginia. All three lenses equipped with Y2 filters and hoods for the M Monochrom, a heavy tripod used for the M Monochrom. “Walking Around” comparisons in color with the M9, the Nokton and 7Artisans used with UV/IR cut filters and hoods. 7Artisans and the Nokton used at F1.1, F1.5, and F4. Jupiter-3+ used at F1.5 and F4. The J3+ is optimized for F1.5 and an Orange filter, using a strip of Mylar tape on the RF cam to compensate for the shift of the Orange filter. The Y2 filter- there is a slight close-focus.

Heavy cloud cover this week, no rays of sunshine coming through the trees like last week. The lighting was relatively constant throughout the comparison.

Scene 1:

7Artisans at F1.1,

7artisans1_f1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F1.5,

7artisans1_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F4,

7artisans1_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F1.1,

Nokton1_F1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F1.5,

Nokton1_F1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F4,

Nokton1_F4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Jupiter-3+ at F1.5,

j3Plus1_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Jupiter-3+ at F4,

j3Plus1_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr
 
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BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
Scene 2:

7Artisans at F1.1,

7artisans2_f1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F1.5,

7artisans2_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F4,

7artisans2_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Nokton at F1.1,

Nokton2_F1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F1.5,

Nokton2_F1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F4,

Nokton2_F4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Jupiter-3+ at F1.5,

j3Plus2_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Jupiter-3+ at F4,

j3Plus2_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr
 
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BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
Scene 3:

7Artisans at F1.1,

7artisans3_f1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F1.5,

7artisans3_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F4,

7artisans3_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Nokton at F1.1,

Nokton3_F1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F1.5,

Nokton3_F1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F4,

Nokton3_F4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Jupiter-3+ at F1.5,

j3Plus3_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Jupiter-3+ at F4,

j3Plus3_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr
 
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BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
Scene 4:

7Artisans at F1.1,

7artisans4f1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F1.5,

7artisans4f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F4,

7artisans4f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Nokton at F1.1,

Nokton4_F1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F1.5,

Nokton4_F1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F4,

Nokton4_F4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Jupiter-3+ at F1.5,

j3Plus4_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Jupiter-3+ at F4,

j3Plus4_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr
 
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BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
Scene 5:

7Artisans at F1.1,

7artisans5f1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F1.5,

7artisans5f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

7Artisans at F4,

7artisans5f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Nokton at F1.1,

Nokton5_f1p1
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F1.5,

Nokton5_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Nokton at F4,

Nokton5_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr


Jupiter-3+ at F1.5,

j3Plus5_f1p5
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr

Jupiter-3+ at F4,

j3Plus5_f4
by fiftyonepointsix, on Flickr




Full-resolution images uploaded to Flickr.
 
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BrianS

Super Moderator
Apr 3, 2013
124
If you want the most highly corrected “objective of extreme rapidity” (as Zeiss described the 1920s F1.4 Biotar) and want to spend under $3000, get the Nokton. At $900 new, and as low as $600 used- it’s a steal. If you want small and fast, the Jupiter-3+ is the best embodiment of the classic 7/3 Sonnar in Leica mount ever made. The 7Artisans- must have been built on a dare, push the 50mm Sonnar to F1.1, build it in M-Mount, and sell it for less than any other new M-Mount lens on the market. After all, the Nikkor-SC 5cm F1.5 is the lens that put Japan on the optical Map and it’s a Sonnar. The 7Artisans 50/1.1 is like a roller coaster ride for light coming into the camera. Center-sharp, field-curvature makes the corners look soft. On an M8 or crop sensor camera, the soft corners are cut out. This is a great speed lens for an M8- will be the subject of another test. The 7Artisans lens does not have a “plane of focus”, it’s more like a flattened parabola convolved with a sine wave. Yes- this is an eccentric lens. The world would be boring without some eccentricity. Don’t buy this lens to shoot brick walls, get it for shooting a 3-dimensional world. Or just get it ‘cause it is built for speed.
 
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Raid

All-Pro
Dec 15, 2011
123
These are points that I fully agree with, Brian. I bought a Nokton 50/1.1 (used) as a bargain a while ago, as you have said above, and I bought a 7Artisans 50/1.1 for special applications and for fun. I have several "old" J-3 lenses and Zeiss 50/1.5 that you have adapted, so I still have not gotten a J-3+, which is on my purchasing list.
 

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