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  1. Khürt L Williams
    September 1, 2021 @ 1:26 am

    Do you think that this is a lens that will make Fuji lots of money? How many units do you think they will sell?

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    • Gustaf Jansson
      September 1, 2021 @ 9:42 am

      I’m not in to specific numbers. But I asked the question in a Swedish Fuji-group on facebook, and people want this kind of lense. Look at X-Pro 3, all the criticisms it got at launch, and now. People love it! It’s simple, it’s basic. That kind of costumer want a quality manual lense.
      Everyone wants a fast 35/33mm that’s WR, fast and quite. It works for everything, just like an X-T4. But some really want a manual focused first-party lens that have something unique, just like X-Pro 3. It’s not for everyone, as the X-T-series.

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      • Khürt L Williams
        September 7, 2021 @ 3:11 am

        Without specific numbers, this is just your opinion on demand. My opinion is that the market demand for this lens does not exist.

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        • Gustaf Jansson
          September 7, 2021 @ 4:05 am

          That’s a 100% correct analysis, and I can’t remember where I wrote the opposite.

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    • Fela
      September 3, 2021 @ 7:18 am

      this lens is not produced by Fujifilm, but 7Artisans

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      • Gustaf Jansson
        September 3, 2021 @ 7:53 am

        You say? That explains a lot! 🤷‍♂️

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  2. OLE MARTIN HELGESEN
    September 1, 2021 @ 10:35 am

    I just got the 7Artisans now. I had the similar Mitakon earlier, and loved its character, but I often needed autofocus and had to stop down to 1.4 to get sufficient depth of field, so I got the XF35 1.4 which is a brilliant lens! But I missed the Mitakon, and how it forced me to work slower and harder, and image character. So I was lucky to find a 2nd hand 7Artisans, which has similar optics to the Mitakon, great build but half the price! So far it seems very good, except the aperture ring which is too easy to twist, and I would prefer clickstops. Now I often change aperture instead of focus… But results are great, and it is very compact. Same filter diameter as the XF 35 and my Viltrox 23 1.4, so I can share special filters (Mist filter is ordered, ND filter is also needed)

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    • Gustaf Jansson
      September 1, 2021 @ 7:49 pm

      I’ve never tried the Mitakon, but the differences looks very small, and as you say, half the price. The aperture ring on the Mitakon is also click less?

      Fujis 35mm f1.4 is absolutely awesome, no doubt about that. But it miss the feeling you get in the 7artisan. As you say, somethings missing and a slower phase is not always bad 😀

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      • OLE MARTIN HELGESEN
        September 7, 2021 @ 2:34 pm

        Yes, clickless aperture on all f0.95 lenses it seems. But a bit stiffer and not so easy to accidentially change it on the Mitakon. The 7Artisans has got a raised ring, which makes it easy to mix up with the focus ring, but I guess I will get used to it.

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        • Gustaf Jansson
          September 7, 2021 @ 2:39 pm

          Okey, I hope so much someone will make a click-Aperture ring soon. That would probably sell alot! 😂

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  3. Albert Smith
    September 1, 2021 @ 5:29 pm

    I went on line and YouTube to see if this lens would be useful to me. I came up on manual focus, so that would not have been an issue for general photography as I practice it, but one thing that I saw on two sites made me not buy this.

    Two different reviewers did side-by-side comparisons between this lens and the Fujifilm XF 35mm f/1.4, which I own and love. The difference in background blur while there is not dramatic. If you factor in the speed and accuracy of the Fuji lens’ autofocus, the trade off of a slightly (very slightly in the examples posted) softer blur but speedier operation, I’ll take the speed. The Fuji 35mm already gives me almost vintage-like images with that immeasurable factor- character.

    I’m looking forward to reviews for the 33mm f/1.4 Fujifilm lens to see if they retain the good things from the 35mm, while modernizing the mechanics.

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    • Gustaf Jansson
      September 1, 2021 @ 7:58 pm

      I guess the new 33mm will get a clean pixel peeping look as it’s made for 40mp sensors with new optics.

      I would say it depends on the situation and personal preferences. I have, and love, the fuji 35mm f1.4, but I’ll almost never use it after purchasing the 7artisan.

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  4. Phong
    September 3, 2021 @ 7:54 am

    What is your experience using mf focus? I came across your 35mm 7art review and I already own them. At 0.95 it’s quite difficult to mf, the dof is too thin, and in the article I saw you mentioned easy focusing, please share it, thank you.

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    • Gustaf Jansson
      September 3, 2021 @ 8:02 am

      I think it depends a lot on your camera. I have a X-Pro 3 and Xpro 1. I’ve never tried this lens on the X-Pro 1, but with the EVF on X-Pro 3 It’s not that bad. Of course it’s a lot easier at f2 and higher but I can get focus right at f0.95 on my children, not everytime maybe. I think it’s just a practice thing, and the better EVF you have, the easier you get focus on point. (I guess you know this, but if you have the time you’re get a lot more accuracy zooming in to check focus before taking the image. 🙂

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    • Ole Martin
      September 7, 2021 @ 2:45 pm

      Hi, on most Fujifilm cameras you have two important manual focus tools you should know, to make best use of lenses like this.
      First, make sure you set your camera to manual focus (usually the MCS switch on the front, or in menu)
      To check focus, you can now quickly press/click the rear thumb wheel. This will zoom in on your focus point (so set it first!) This is extremely useful to pinpoint focus. Just press shutter halfway to zoom back and adjust composition.
      You also have different focus help by pressing and holding the same rear thumb wheel for a few secs. Repeat to switch between different modes. The most useful one is Focus peaking, where the area in focus is highlighted. You can select which color in the menu. You can also select a screen mode that displays a zoomed in focusarea on the side.
      All in all there are great tools to help you obtain correct focus, please try them out!

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      • Gustaf Jansson
        September 7, 2021 @ 6:34 pm

        What Ole said 🙂

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  5. Blake
    March 6, 2022 @ 1:28 am

    I agree completely. Sold all my Fuji lenses not just because of the crap manual focus, but also because I don’t share the common wisdom that such lenses as the xf 35mm 1.4 is so wonderful. In fact compared to my various vintage lenses, as well as 7art and ttart ones, I find it to have a soulless look that gives me no positive emotions. If you haven’t yet you might also try the ttartisans 23mm 1.4. between it and the 7artisans 35mm one could spend a lifetime of photography happily. Also,I don’t understand the need for focus “aids ” turn the ring until the desired focus is achieved visually. Or does everyone have terrible, uncorrected eyesight?

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    • Gustaf Jansson
      March 6, 2022 @ 7:33 am

      To be honest, after using this lens some time I actually sold all my fuji gear (including my X-Pro 3) and bought a Leica M10 with TTArtisans 50mm f1.4.
      This is the experience i searched for when I bought the Pro 3, but Fujifilm didn’t take it all the way which make the pro 3 an X-T model with a Rangefinder design. 🙂

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      • Blake
        March 6, 2022 @ 6:00 pm

        Wonderul! Wish I could do as well. I am also not mesmerized by “those amazing Fuji colors.” And I’ve never understood the idea of the xpro models, since they aren’t actually rangefinders. The only real advantage I find with these Fujicams is their oldschool dials. Anyway, a friend is getting great results with the TTArtisan M 28mm F5.6 on his Leica. If you haven’t yet, it’s worth checking out.

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        • Gustaf Jansson
          March 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

          I loved the files from my pro 3, It has taken some time to learn the leica files. But I’ve used Fuji since I started so 🙂
          Now I have a hard time to choose between a 28 or 35mm but I want a fast lens, at least f2. I’m looking at the Voigtländer Ultron, 35mm f2, but will borrow a 28 f1.4 from a friend if mine 🙂

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          • Blake
            March 6, 2022 @ 7:06 pm

            Since I got rid of all my Fuji lenses I am also loving my files. 🙂 While I’ve been using Fuji since 2012 I’ve also Nikon since 2004, and Canon, and preferred the colors from those cams. But now I think perhaps it is mostly about lenses. This 7Artisans has really improved things. Well, someday maybe try the 5.6. You might be surprised what can be done. Up close on portraits, some very nice, surprisingly shallow DOF.

  6. Gustaf Jansson
    March 6, 2022 @ 8:29 pm

    Nice to hear, it’s a nice looking lens for sure! But I live in northern Europe (sweden) so 6 month a year it’s to dark for 5.6 🙁
    (I have canon 5D mark IV, and I love the fuji-files much more! I’ll try to get a GFX 100 when we will make a change 😅🤷‍♂️

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  7. Juan Antiguo
    June 23, 2022 @ 12:02 pm

    Gustaf, do you mind sharing what lens hood are you using for this lens and sharing the link to it?

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  8. Gustaf Jansson
    June 23, 2022 @ 12:24 pm

    Sorry, don’t remember the exact one, it’s a no-name hood with the right filter thread. Search for XXmm circular lens hood or something 🙂

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