Today I’ve put Fujinon X-E2s camera on a tripod, set ISO200 and made sequence of shots at different apertures up to F4 with following 3 lens:
- Mitakon Zhongyi 35mm F0.95 MK-II
- 7artisans 35mm F1.2
- Voigtlander 40mm F1.4 S.C
Shots with Voigtlander are made from longer distance to catch same frame area. Then I’ve cut 3264×3264 from each shot (original frame is 4896×3264) to compare square area between each lens.
Images below are downsized to 1200px for preview, you can click on any to see 100% size (9792×3264 , about 3.5Mb Jpeg)
All three lens show great sharpness in the center starting from F2, while Mitakon starts doing that at F0.95.
I know it’s too general statement but to my personal taste 7artisans performs quite close to Voigtlander, while it costs 2.5x times less, mounts directly without adapter, and has more convenient focus ring. Also the OOF area looks more pleasant with 7artisans on all aperture range, and it has no flares at F1.4 like CV lens.
When I need low light performance and more details – Mitakon works best. For the cases of more compact and light set and softer shots (where I previously used Voightalnder) now it’s time to shoot more with 7artisans lens : )
What I also like about these two Chinese lens – they have same focus and aperture ring directions like other Leica M mount lens.
You may also want to check live samples on Flickr: