7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount review




Here is a quick hands-on review of the new 7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount (price: $449):

  • Soft when wide open
  • Manual focusing is a challenge wide open – the depth of field of a 75mm full-frame lens at f/1.25 is about 0.4 ft at 10 ft.
  • Nice box and presentation
  • The lens comes with instructions and a screwdriver for focus adjustment.
  • Big and heavy lens (Noctilux territory)
  • All-metal body
  • 13 diaphragm blades (!)
  • Clicked aperture
  • Not evenly spread aperture values on the aperture ring
  • No focusing tab
  • No six-bit coding
  • No lens hood included
  • Smooth focusing ring
  • Excellent price/performance ratio ($449 for f/1.25)
  • Narrow depth of field scale – difficult to focus when shooting wide open

Update: 7artisans lenses are available for sale at the PhotoRumors Online Store with free international shipping.

Conclusion: stopped down, the 7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens performs well in almost all every test I did. If you are not a budget, the 7artisans is a good option. If you like to shoot wide open, I believe the Voigtlander Nokton 75mm f/1.5 Aspherical lens is a better overall choice (the Voigtlander lens is also almost twice as expensive).

Lens and packaging pictures plus size comparison with other Leica lenses:







The viewfinder blockage on a Leica M10:


Some noticeable vignetting is present up to f/2 and is completely gone at f/2.8:

f/0.95

f/1.4

f/2

f/2.8

I no longer provide sharpness comparison for Leica M lenses because manual focusing is prone to errors. Some lens flare and chromatic aberrations are present but nothing out of the ordinary. Barrel distortion is not visible.

Here is a quick specification comparison between the $449 7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 (left) and the $12,795 Leica Noctilux-M 75mm f/1.25 lenses (right) for Leica M-mount:

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens MTF chart and design based on Zeiss Sonnar:


Additional pictures of the 7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens:


         

I believe the main purpose of this lens is portraits, so here are a few sample photos taken with the Leica M10 (JPG SOOC – straight out of the camera):

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

A few bokeh examples:

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

More sample photos can be found at flickr – shot with the Leica M10 (JPG SOOC – straight out of the camera, no correction or post-processing applied):

7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

The 7artisans Photoelectric 75mm f/1.25 lens for Leica M-mount is now in stock at B&H Photo. Additional coverage of the lens can be found here.

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