Playing with the 7artisans 25mm f1.8

Heinz Ketchup Bokeh - Austin, Texas

Heinz Ketchup Bokeh – Austin, Texas

I had dinner with my friend, Chuck, last month. He’s another Olympus shooter that recently started playing with Fujifilm. He sported a 7artisans 25mm f1.8 lens that I tested for several minutes.

I’ve generally shied away from manual focus lenses, only using them when I had to. However, this compact 7artisans lens has me rethinking. Its well-built metal body and smooth focusing were a pleasure to use. Coupled with my Fuji X-E3, with focus-peaking enabled, manually focusing was enjoyable rather than a chore. And, it only costs about $75.

There’s fast photography and slow photography. Increasingly, I’ve enjoyed both. My mind shifts gears depending on the type, and there is a yin and yang balance when doing both. Using the 7artisans 25mm is most definitely slow photography. However, the deliberateness can have a calming pleasure. I may have to add this lens to my stable.

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3 thoughts on “Playing with the 7artisans 25mm f1.8

  1. I see your point, but 25 mm on an APS sensor covers the same angle as a 37 mm on full frame, thus you are in the moderate wide angle region, which usually does not require shallow dof, rather the contrary. Photos requiring shallow dof are often portraits thus you would be better off with a 50mm f:1.8 from the same firm. By the way for my Fuji xe3 I have the Fuji 27 mm f:2.8 which Is excellent.

    1. Hi Andrea, I absolutely agree. I don’t think I would use this for portraits. It would be a general purpose walk around lens. Also, using zone focusing, it might be good for street photography too.

      I actually own the Fuji 27mm. Beautifully small pancake, but haven’t used it much. I wish it was a f2 instead of a f2.8. But I’m sure Fuji was trying to keep it small.

      If I do get the 7artisans, it won’t be one of my main lenses. Just something that I’ll use once and a while for fun.

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