A bit of a departure from my usual vintage lens reviews, I purchased the 7Artisans 28mm 1.4 after looking at some of the sample photos online.
I love a good wide aperture prime, and while 28mm isn’t my preferred focal length, if there’s a wide aperture version I’m very much intrigued.
I was especially interested in being able to create a shallow depth of focus with such a large angle of view.
With the aperture at the front (in Leica fashion) and with the f/1.4 and f/2.0 being so far from each other, I wasn’t likely to accidentally knock the aperture out of place. The focus ring is smooth and pleasing. Honestly, construction wise, I have zero complaints about this lens.
So how does this lens stack up visually? I have to say — I’m incredibly impressed by it. Sharp, saturated, contrasty, not prone to veiled flaring — it’s definitely worthy of the M-Mount.
All photos taken at f/1.4 unless otherwise specified. Looking back through the photos, I missed focus a lot more than I thought. On the rear screen of the A7 the photos looked in focus, but at f/1.4 I should have been taking a moment to zoom in to check.