7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.05 Review


Sony Alpha Blog posted its review of the 7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.05 and once again it looks like 7artisans has released another good value for money lens that allows photographers to work around f/1 without breaking the bank. I really enjoy fast Chinese glass when it is well designed, but most of the best lenses have been for APS-C with the Photoelectric 50mm f/1.05 being the first I have seen for Full Frame that interests me. Below you can see the pro/cons and part of the conclusion, but if you want to read the full article visit Sony Alpha Blog for samples and more.

The 7 Artisans 50mm F1.05 (486$) full frame manual lens has vocation to be an affordable ultra fast aperture lens. It deliver very beautiful portraits with a very nice and dreamy atmosphere. Strong points are the background blur, bokeh balls , very good and natural color rendering & good contrast. Sharpness is only average on a 61Mpix but will be perfectly ok on a 24Mpix camera.

Pros

  • Very Smooth background blur giving unique portraits and atmosphere for objects details
  • Very good color rendition
  • Excellent Bokeh Balls even when closed down
  • Very good centre sharpness as of F2.8
  • Reasonable price (486$) for a F1.05 lens
  • Good to very good contrast even wide open
  • Some Vignetting at F1.05 but gone at F2
  • Low Distorsion
  • Very good rendering in video
  • Excellent build quality
  • Smoothly dampened focusing ring and clickless aperture ring
  • Compact lens

Average

  • Only average sharpness wide open and good at F1.4
  • Chromatic Aberrations quite visible
  • Weight

Cons

  • Long minimum focusing distance of 57cm not allowing to have big bokeh balls
  • Average resistance to flare, subject to ghosting wide open
  • Focus breathing quite strong
  • Corners are weak wide open and only become good as of F11
  • No well defined sunstars at F16
  • No lens hood

7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.05: B&H Photo / Amazon

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