First Shots with the 7Artisans 35mm f/2.0 Leica M Lens + A7III!

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I've been searching for a cheap replacement for my Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 Nokton MC. While it was very sharp in the center, the field curvature softness was really starting to bug me due to the thick sensor stack of the Sony bodies. I've been looking at other alternatives such as the Voigtlander 35mm 2.5 P Skopar, which was an even sharper lens, but with even worst field curvature softness! I've received recommendations of other Voigtlander and Zeiss glass, but to be honest I'm not really a Leica/film afficionado, I only like M-mount glass due to the smaller lens profile I get on my Techart Pro adapter, since my style is more run-n-gun!

I've read the reviews, but none really touched on the information I was looking for, when all I wanted to to find out is if the field curvature sharpness was a bit better towards the mid-frame! I finally stumbled on a decent used like-new copy of the 7Artisans 35mm f2.0 Leica-M mount lens on Amazon Prime. I received my lens yesterday and decided to go bang out a couple night shots in downtown LA.

Initial impressions is that the mid-frame stays sharper than the previous Voigtlander lenses I owned. Center sharpness isn't as good as the Voigtlander 40mm 1.4 or 35mm 2.5, but it has better uniform across-the-frame sharpness. The lens has lower contrast and points of light are more blurrier at f/2, versus the Voigtlander style of just nice star-like points of light. In fact if you tried the 7Artisans 50mm 1.1 lens, I'd say they both have a similar optical signature, but the 35mm is a bit more tame with smoother OOF blur that doesn't look wild like on the 50mm 1.1 lens.

Overall I really like this lens especially for the price I paid on Amazon for $240 USD! I prefer the M-mount version mainly so I can use it on my TAP and gain auto focus.

The full set (where I also used the Voigtlander 15mm) can be seen here: 190413_DTLA_NIGHT_PHOTOS_FRIOLO

Check out the photos - Sony A7III + TAP + 7A 35mm f/2.0 Lens:

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DTLA - Olvera Street and Chinatown by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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It also seems to have a bit of a glow, particularly on light sources. Not a bad thing really, gives an interesting look to it.
 

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It also seems to have a bit of a glow, particularly on light sources. Not a bad thing really, gives an interesting look to it.
I'll have to shoot some day shots as well when I get around to it. The light glow is something a bit different from other modern lenses, making the images look more ethereal. I'm sure some people will hate it, but I don't it mind it too much. The only issue I see is that it renders differently from my Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 which just gives really sharp points from light sources which is typical of Voigtlander glass. If 7Artisans does an ultra wide angle, I won't mind switching over if it keeps consistency with their other lenses.

Here's a quick comparison between Voigtlander light rendering and 7Artisans -

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DTLA - Olvera Street and Chinatown by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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Excellent night shots around town. I think the lens gives a very complimentary character to the images, and well-suited to the street genre.
The glow and lower contrast adds to that vintage look and feel of the locations.
This reminds me of the results I get from my Pentax Super Takumar 35-f/2. But it's an M42 lens and more suited for manual focus use.
It also suffers terribly from field curvature wide open.
 

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A couple daytime samples showing off how the 7Artisans 35mm f/2.0 M lens handles in good light!

All shot with the Sony A7III + TAP + 7A 35mm f/2 Lens:

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Eagle Rock - Los Angeles, CA USA by Jonathan Friolo, on Flickr

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I actually prefer the pictures in the morning. The flare in the morning pictures are attractive and have a unique artistic quality where the glowing is not overwhelming. The last two shots in the night series seem to add distraction to the otherwise very attractive night scenes with spectacular lighting. While the rest look sharp and unique with vintage look and not distracting.

You photos are well presented and I am more informed on the m-mount. Will keep pushing my E-mount when opportunities come.

Cheers,
Hin
 
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I actually prefer the pictures in the morning. The flare in the morning pictures are attractive and have a unique artistic quality where the glowing is not overwhelming. The last two shots in the night series seem to add distraction to the otherwise very attractive night scenes with spectacular lighting. While the rest look sharp and unique with vintage look and not distracting.

You photos are well presented and I am more informed on the m-mount. Will keep pushing my E-mount when opportunities come.

Cheers,
Hin
I agree, the 7Artisans 35mm M-mount doesn't do as well during the evening. There's definitely trade-offs with this lens. Daytime it does quite well and if you get a a decent sized hood, you can avoid most of the light glow. Voigtlander glass strikes a better balance, but you have to get E-mount glass if you want optimized image quality on the Sony sensor.
 
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