I was shooting with Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 for a long time, until Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II release. That ultra fast manual lens quickly became my favorite and also primary tool for most pictures. I’ve sold Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 just in few weeks after Mitakon purchase. Then 7artisans 35mm F1.2 appeared on the market. It also became my favorite, and it nicely pairs with Mitakon for different shooting situations for already 6 months.
I’ve recently decided to purchase Fujinon XF F1.4 lens again and compare it with that two manual lens.
Obviously all these three lens are very different from many perspectives: focusing, sharpness, contrast, background, max aperture, weight, size, price, durability, etc. But the most important – they form significantly different pictures. And it’s always subjective choice which picture you like more.
First, front look of all three lens: Mitakon 35mm F0.95 II , 7artisans 35mm F1.2 , Fujinon XF 35mm F1.4 R
Following set of pictures are 1:1 4000×4000 centers from 6000×4000 Jpeg photos taken from tripod with Fujifilm X-Pro 2 (Provia, NR -3, custom WB, ISO200).
F0.95 (only Speedmaster can take it)
F1.2 (Speedmaster, and 7artisans only)
F1.4 (Finally all three lens samples: Speedmaster, 7artisans, Fujinon)
F2 (You may notice “focus shift” of 7artisans shot, it’s caused by optical aperture effect, real focus remains the same)
F2.8 (focus shift of 7artisans is more visible here)
I didn’t notice one very interesting thing during my previous comparison of Mitakon 35mm F0.95 II, 7artisans 35mm F1.2, Voigtlander 40mm F1.4 . Obviously 7artisans 35mm F1.2 has optical “focus shift” on different aperture values. Same effect can be observed on ZEISS Sonnar C 50mm F1.5 ZM T* lens for Leica M – focus center is shifting when aperture value is changed. It’s good to know when you are using 7artisans 35mm F1.2 – don’t forget to re-focus if you changed aperture value. It’s quite expected because 7artisans optical formula is super close to Zeiss 50mm F1.5 Sonnar.
Both Mitakon and Fujinon are very sharp lens in the center even wide open. 7artisans is significantly softer at F1.2-F1.4 and will work great for the cases where more dreamy and less detailed look is required.
Fujinon is designed to be sharp in borders even at F1.4. Both Mitakon and 7artisans can’t reach that level until very closed F value. Also it looks like Fujinon sharpness field is more flat but a bit deeper, while Mitakon has more curved sharpness area. 7artisans is not designed for borders, but i can be relatively sharp there once stopped down to F8-F16.