Leica 7artisans vs Leica - a battle between two 35mm f/1.4 lenses

mike3996

Hall of Famer
Apr 2, 2018
Finland

Apart from the 7a lens being too big (it probably shows in the viewfinder quite a bit), things are looking excellent for value-oriented buyers.
 

mike3996

Hall of Famer
Apr 2, 2018
Finland
The color bursts of fall are soon here. Maple leaves. I have already previsualized how those f/1.1 and f/1.25 lenses could go to town on those scenes! :D
 

Jonathan F/2

Top Veteran
Aug 21, 2011
Los Angeles, USA
I wish they'd redo the 7A 50mm f/1.1 lens with a clicked aperture ring. I wasn't fond of the click-less aperture and returned it. It was too easy to accidentally turn it while shooting and required gaffer taping it to my desired aperture setting, which was too cumbersome.
 
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BrianS

Legend
Jul 7, 2010
The 50/1.1 also has geometric progression F-Stops, distance gets smaller between stops. This never bothered me, as most of my lenses work this way. Adding click stops would require that the radius of the lens be increased slightly. A spring-loaded ball-bearing or a flat spring riding on the grooves of the aperture for the click mechanism would have to be fitted.
 

rayvonn

Hall of Famer
Jan 19, 2015
I've just seen the "guess the lens" article on DPreview comparing the 35mm F1.4 $430 7Artisans to the 35mm F1.4 $5,895 Summilux M. Hilariously, the 7Artisans renders better.
 

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