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4 months with 7artisans 50mm f1.1

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All pics taken with A7r + 7 artisans 50mm f1.1 @f1.1 – f1.4

I like it alot, alot thanks to the price and size. And alot thanks to its character. You might also hate it for the very same reasons.

If you shoot it at f1.1 i think it needs editing. I add some clarity for sharpness and correct colors. CA is often aparent. sometimes to much to edit in post. Atleast not easy enough to delete. At f1.4 i dont edit them to much or to often. The jepgs are “good enough” alot of the time. Center sharpness and bokeh is alot better than it is at f1.1. Corners edges are never sharp. 

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With looks and size like this, at this price. If you can live with some editing and dont want/need “clinical” pictures. Buy.

7artisans 50mm f1.1 ” review “

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A7r + 7artisans 50mm f1.1 @1.1

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A7r + 7artisans 50mm f1.1 @1.1

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A7r + 7artisans 50mm f1.1 @1.4

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A7r + 7artisans 50mm f1.1 @1.1

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A7r + 7artisans 50mm f1.1 @1.1

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I enjoy this lens, the “creative” abilities are really nice. The small size really make it portable and its by far “sharp enough” in center.

The downsides are offcourse many, lets net kid ourselfes here.

There is CA,less then i though of the “sharp” CA thats around sharp edges, but more of the dark purple kind that bleed into the black/dark areas a bit. A skipole for example can almost be overrun by CA.

Ghosting or soft white touch to the images are alot less then i anticipated, and with some clarity its almost gone in most pictures.

Biggest downside is the edges, the are truly horrible. There is no way to get a sharp image all across the frame.

Bokeh can be alittle strange at f1.1 the bokeh balls (if there are alot) sort of draws toward the middle. It looks odd some times, some times it helps to draw atention.

Flares more then any lens i ever used, but in the right angle there is no flare. 

 

Apart from the edge sharpness, the lens is alot better @f1.3~1.4. Most CA is gone, ghosting or white touch is gone, sharpness is alot better. the “strange” bokeh is looking normal.

This lens is not gonna be for everyone thats for sure, but in center even wideopen, its pretty sharp, and its got alot of detail. With some initial sharpening in Lightroom and some Highpass in PS you got yourself details in spades in most cases.

 

So far my opinion is, if you know what you get and use it accordingly, this is totaly great.

Smal, not to heavy. Fun to use. Good looking. Sharp in center. BOKEH! 🙂

(But like i said, the downsides are many, see text above 😉 )

 

But for everyone? Hells no.

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