Poor man's Noctilux: A 7Artisans 50mm f1.1 for LEICA M review!

in photography •  4 months ago

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Leica Lenses are expensive. 10.000 EUROS expensive. They are some of the most perfect lenses on this planet, with a price to match.
There are some cheaper alternatives, Zeiss (yes ZEISS is a cheapie when Leica talking!), Voigtlander-Cosina, old M39 canons, Russians LTM etc etc..
Newly released is this ULTRA WIDE APERTURE 7ARTISANS's LENS!

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For a mere 400ish US dollars you can get your very own quasi-noctilux available. The real Noctilux is f/0.95 and 10K but, who'll notice? :)

The build is remarkably done, this version is aluminium made, with brass cam inside. It feels dense.

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It uses readily available 55mm diameter ring for filters (uv is dirt cheap online) and

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IT'S 6 BIT CODED!
The camera will recognize this lens as an old 50 f/1 Noctilux. It's just for EXIF and some corrections, I tried on and off it doesn't change much.
It comes with a screwdriver and a guide on how to correct focus errors by rotating the rangefinder cam. I did it in 10 minutes.

Performance PART 1

Being an f/1.1 lens it's really hard to nail perfect focus on a manual rangefinder camera, but when you get it, this lens deserve attention. f/1.1 means really thin focus plane, and super bokeh in the background!

I tried this lens on my M-P typ 240, nothing touched in ACR, just the white balance.

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SHARP in the center! VINTAGE BOKEH!

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Off center focus, still good to me

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Flat subject, some fuzziness, but acceptable. It gives character.

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My son @flavio17 and her aunt! In portraits it really shines!

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YEAH, that's me! Picture by @fefe13, again, super thin depth of field and unique bokeh

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It was super dark, f/1.1 lets you take picture when there is no light!

I'll do the part 2 soon, stay tuned!

Fraswa

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stunning photography! loved reading the review, although I'm pretty sure I could never take such photos :)


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