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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