7 artisan 35 mm f 1.2 for Fujifilm

This morning was quite cold by the standards of Cagliari, at least compared to what we are used to here. At 8 am in San Sperate, a village museum 10 minutes from Cagliari, the thermometer marked -2 ° c.

I went out to go, as every three months for eighteen years, to donate the blood to AVIS, given that last night I received a new toy, I took the opportunity to take some shots in San Sperate.
I could indeed try the 7Artisans 35mm f1.2, completely manual lens and quite complicated for those like me, spectacles and digital photographer (I started seriously about 15 years ago), is used to focusing AF and not MF, for those who still I did not know for almost a year I went from Full Frame (I had two 5d mark IV) to aps-c (now I have two Fujifilm x-pro 2) and the 35mm in question is equivalent to a 53mm in Fullframe 24x36mm. [may interest you “falling love with Fuji”]

When I opened the box, the 35mm 7artisan appeared to me very usual and well built, thanks to its metal structure but even more than its 6 lenses in 5 groups.


The dimensions are really small, it is practically a pancake 45 x 32 mm of only 150 g but to hold it in hand by a great sense of robustness, the fire as already mentioned and reiterated is exclusively manual and to focus on f1.2 is not very simple, at least for a fool of MF as I can be.


The ring aperture and focus are fluid at the right point, you do not risk that they turn accidentally and give the feeling of having a good control, although it is true that for the very small size, but especially for the lack of experience of use, I touched the aperture ring a couple of times.



The focus peaking helps a lot and in the tests I did I always took a f 1.2.

The expectations were not very high and the sharpness at TA is good but it is a personal opinion, we must always consider the use and purpose of this lens. The photo has a beautiful three-dimensionality and the bokeh is nice (9 round blades), the focus point at F 1.2 will never be crispy, detailed and incisive as can be a xf 56 a f 1.6 or a xf 90f2. We are talking about a lens that costs just over € 100, which is worth all the money it costs, which will not give more than what is worth. I do not think I’ll ever use it for a professional job (but I’m not so sure), certainly it is great and very fun for personal and creative projects or for photojournalism that requires light and silent optics that also admits AF errors.

Victims of my tests, as often happens, my dog Nucky, a very friendly fellow countryman like Silvana and Bruno, solar and very nice owners of a Minimarket, who have jokingly borrowed to pose with bananas like Mr & Mrs Smith, or part of the staff of the ‘AVIS of via Talete in Cagliari or the legendary Venanzio Pilloni, 91 years old last October, posing in his distributor Agip after having refueled at a Fiat Punto.