I've been so busy traveling, dealing with a crazy two-year old and posting technical stuff like updating the memory card speed tests of the Nikon D850 and the Canon G1X III, that I've hardly had time to focus on photography as an art. In the next coming weeks, I'm going to try and focus a little more on doing little sets of photos on what I can get while I'm in Japan. It's not easy traveling with a two-year old, especially when it's 20 degrees outside and they catch a cold. Lesson learned.
The 7Artisans 25mm f1.8 is a small and fast lens designed and manufactured in China for mirrorless cameras. It's built with an all-metal lens barrel with poor quality control and construction. Optically the lens is tuned for a somewhat old school, retro image quality where corner and edge sharpness is sacrificed at the cost of microcontrast and color. All around this little lens is kind of a mess and I'm struggling to decide if it's even worth it.
It would seem almost every year some new Chinese company joins the ranks of lens manufacturers. While there are already a lot of options out there from various lens manufacturers, these Chinese companies are doing something that the main lens designers are not - making little niche designs at some great prices that don't exist anywhere else. For example, this 7Artisans 25mm f1.8 aluminum lens for only $80.
Of course when I talk about family I'm referring to my Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2, but I guess my natural family was there too. They've actually been all over the place these last few months, busy getting houses fixed, traveling, working etc. We finally had a chance to all meet up after something like 5 months and my daughter got a chance to show them what the terrible twos is really all about. Or for my oldest brother, I guess a reminder. Actually the terrible twos for his daughters never really ended. :)
I've picked up a few new lenses this year and it seems like I now have an endless option of focal lengths, looks and types of lenses to choose from. For the first time, I think I might have a lens for just about everything. I know that sound crazy and that I'm spending all this money, but most of these lenses I'm buying are under $200 bucks. This one particular lens I just started using is the Kamlan 50mm f1.1. It was only $150 bucks new and it's been so much fun.