In this test, I compare the 7Artisans 55mm f1.4 to the KamLan 50mm f1.1. I also threw in a more expensive lens, the Rokinon 50mm f1.2, and the even more expensive Fujinon 56mm f1.2 as a control. Since Fujifilm is legend when it comes to lens design, it will be interesting to see how they compare.
So for those that have no idea how this works, I’ll share with you a little on what I do, my gear and how I’ve set it up.
This is shot with the Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon 56mm f1.2 lens. A absolutely awesome combo for exploring the city.
The blog this week has been slow, E3 is coming up and I’ve been very busy working on many trailers for it while fighting the flue, bronchitis and pink eye. It’s been a crazy last few weeks.
Once that’s over, I should be able to get back to my normal posting schedule. I have a few reviews I’m trying to finish and there are some new cameras to test.
In the city of Hakodate Japan you can ride a gondola up to the top of a nearby mountain and see the view of the city. It’s a pretty popular view and very spectacular, except it’s insanely crowded.
Japan and especially Hokkaido has become a hotspot for Chinese tourism. I guess they’re looking to escape the air pollution that plagues most of Asia. Can’t blame them either, well yeah I guess you can. It’s mostly their fault.
That’s one great thing about North America, it’s like the Garden of Eden compared to Asia when it comes to air quality.
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The lens is optically near perfect and is very well-built with an all metal barrel. It does have somewhat of a high element count as a tradeoff to great corner to corner sharpness and chromatic aberration control, so it does produce a slightly more ethereal bokeh compared to a lens like the 34mm f1.4 and is slightly softer in terms of micro-contrast. Because of the 7-blade aperture, bokeh will get a little busy compared to a lens like the Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 with its 9 blade aperture.
The only real draw back is the fly-by-wire autofocus and plastic lens hood.