Eric L. Woods

Lens Update: 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25

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I wrote an early review-ish post on the 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 with a healthy portion of preamble that was light on samples since I had just received the lens. An impressive look and feel better than the 50mm f/1.1, similarly solid but feeling a little more “premium” than 35mm f/2, and similar in feel to the excellent 28mm f/1.4.

7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25

Given the state of things inspiration is difficult to come by so I have not shot as much as I would have liked to. That being said I have managed to get out and shoot a bit with film and digital using this lens.

Film.

I’ll just say it. I have not had the best luck shooting portrait glass on a rangefinder. Not awful. Just a bit troublesome for me when compared to preferred rangefinder focal lengths like 28mm, 35mm, or 50mm. I will also admit that I did myself no favors using a Leica CL. Had expected the narrower base length to be an issue, but focus accuracy was not an issue. Finding the focus patch in broad daylight was. When I could see it I had no issues.

Leica CL - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 - Rollei RPX 400
Leica CL - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 - Rollei RPX 400
Leica CL - 7Artisans 75mm f/1.25 - Rollei RPX 400

Digital

More specifically using a close focus adapter with a Sony A7III. Well sharp enough for film. But even better on digital as expected. Plenty sharp even wide open. Great colors. I really like the bokeh. And most importantly for me it brings an interesting, less than clinical look when compared to my more technically perfect AF lenses. Here is a link to an ongoing gallery and below are some samples. Happy capturing.

7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
7Artisans 75mm f/1.25
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