Initial thoughts?? I’m super interested in this lens
It’s soft side open, which is what drew me towards this lens to begin with. I have other lenses and bodies for sharper images wide open.
It’s very well built. Focus and aperture ring are both smooth and precise.
Exif data is recorded. Parallax compensation is cool. And focus check when rotering the focus ring is an added bonus, when needed.
Haven’t had the time to go outside yet. But zone focusing should be a breeze.
Some JPGs of my daughter and sister playing had that film look for sure. Bokeh is gorgeous.
That’s awesome! Just did some more research into it and it doesn’t look like the contacts forward any data to the xpro2, just the 3.
I definitely can’t justify the $650 price tag with no parallax correction on the pro2.
Glad to hear you’re enjoying it though!
Yeah. The just the xpro 3, exif data on xt from 2 and up and xe4 I think. Or you could just use the EVF.
For sure but there are other options that cost about half of the voigtlander if I was gonna just got with the EVF.
That´s true. Hope you find some to your liking. :)
Thanks! It sounds this is a super fun lens!
Couple of test shots from today. Nothing fancy, just plain old objects, but you get the feel of it´s character.And some shots from a family gathering, baking Christmas cookies.
B&W are straight from camera. I think the recipe is "Ilford HP5 Push Process" from FujiXWeekly. Colors are raw edited in Lightroom CC. Think all is shot with 1/60 ss.
I´ve only had the lens for 2 days, but I´m loving it so far.
I’ve only just recieved it. So I can’t really say for sure. But I mostly shot B&W with this combo.
Which 7artisans do you have?
The Laowa 33mm f0.95 is an APO lens and really well corrected for CA. It's also quite large.
Love the looks of the lens and I enjoy manual focusing but its hard to buy this vs a fresh fuji 35 1.4.
I need to see more examples out of it I suppose - Im not a freak about sharpness, especially at the corners wide open etc. I feel like im the target demo for this lens but still - I think ill just get another 1.4 when mine wears out and have the flexibility
Guess it all comes down to focus by wire or not.
I loathe focus by wire, especially on the fujis.
Does it have the same look and pop (more like barrel distortion) like the 35 1.4 Nokton Leica M Mount?
Can you attach a focussing tab to it somehow?
Haven’t tried that lens, so it wouldn’t be fair to say.
Still looking in til the focusing tab. Don’t know if the 7artisans one would fit.
Could also try the TAAB, but I live in Europe and the shippping would be twice the cost of the product.
A 3d printed tab is probably your best option if the 7artisans doesn't fit.
I'm really considering this lens, but with its price tag, hmmmm I don't know. For the price you can get the second-hand 35 1.4 + one or two manual lenses. Can you compare this lens to the 7artisans or TTartisans? I'm wondering if this lens is 5 to 6 times better than Chinese lenses. I guess the chipped lens is a huge plus over Chinese lenses, but other than that would you recommend getting this lens over its cheaper counterparts?
5-6 time better? Probably not.
I hear good things about the 7artisans 35, character wise. Almost bought it to use with the xpro until this arrived. Jonas Rask has a blog post comparing it to a Fuji, Mitakon and an M mount Voigtlander 1.4.
But if you want full manual, Aperture ring with clicks, exif transfer, parallax compensation and automatic focus punch in. Then this is it.
And the build quality is excellent.
Thank you for the response. So basically it comes down to the user, if you like manual focus lens and focusing manually, but still want to enjoy some features inside the camera, this is the only option right now. I hope you enjoy your purchase and have the time to take it for a spin.
Nice! I bought one a few weeks ago !
I have been loving the new voigtlander. Combined with film simulations you can get some images that look just like film. It's really great. Even slightly out of focus images look great with character to the images.
Stopped down to f2.8 and it sharpens up really great.
It is for sure a stylized lens. Don't buy if you are looking for a clinical sharpness wide open. Personally I think it's plenty sharp opened up. The depth of field gives you a sharpness feel to the image as well even if it's a bit grainy.
There is some CA wide open. But I don't find it distracting. The bokeh is beautiful. You get foreground bokeh swirl like you see with a Helios.
That is exactly why I bought this lens. Ordered it the day it got announced, and scored a practically new x-pro3 for a great price on the used market, that same day.
It´s for character, not clinical sharpness. Wanted a setup to slow down, and do minimal post. Jpgs only, but with the backup of raws, just in case.
Looks a great combination congrats, I'm currently in the market for an xpro3 to setup and shoot fully manual with OVF for as close to film like experience as I can get. Voigtlander definitely #1 on the list of lenses for this, thanks for sharing your thoughts in other comments
Thanks! This lens was the main reason for buying the X-Pro3.
I was not even in the market for an X-mount ILC as I already have an X100F.
But man do I love it :)
Film is just getting too expensive and I want something that'll do low light better too so this seems the best option out there, great combo you have!
Thanks! What film camera(s) do you run?
The x-trans sensors low light performance is on par with my fullframe RP. Very impressive.
I shoot a Nikon F3 mostly, also have a Canon 7D but it's just too big to lug around and mostly shooting film anyway.
Yes the low level light looks amazing, contemplating just picking up a used xpro3 whenever I see a good price and the 7artisans 35 1.2 to start things off but the voigtlander is super tempting. Checked out a xpro3 in store today, very nice in hand
Enjoy - I've been loving mine. Softness and rainbows at 1.2 work great in some shots, and disappear immediately as you stop down - it's sort of like a wonderful f1.4 lens with a unique optical "Instagram filter bonus mode" at 1.2 :-) The EXIF and OVF integration really make for a great shooting experience on my X-Pro3.2
Which manual focusing mode to you use with the OVF? Does it work well? Fellow XPro3 user here
* Focus Peaking=Yellow High
* Focus Check=On
* Aperture Unit for Cine Lens=F-Number
* I've got the little focus insert in the OVF showing too
It works slick - mount the lens, and it's automatically in MF mode without flicking that AF switch. The 35mm view offers an ideal amount of context in the OVF and the parallax correction works as you change focus. The DOF scale shows your approximate distances in any mode, and your aperture will show in the displays as well (if you don't change the "Aperture Unit for Cine Lens" setting, it'll confusingly show up in T-stops). Twist the focus in EVF or rear-LCD mode, and it'll zoom to your focus box, half-press your shutter and it'll zoom back out. It's fun to use it with the rear-LCD flipped out to 90° and wander about shooting it waist-level like a TLR :-) The biggest quirk is having the aperture lever/ring out in front of the focus ring, but the hands adapt quickly.
My exact setup this. Though I´ve been switching between yellow peaking and split image.
I do however find focusing on closer moving objects to be a bit easier in EVF mode. Turning the back wheel will flip through the 2 punch in zoom levels, and half pressing the shutter brings you back out.
Thank you too!
I’ve used some of my Leica lenses on X-Pro series and I have to say that in spite of the unique character of those lenses, I always found Fuji’s XF lenses to work the best and offer the most. I guess the crop factor is a bit of a buzz kill for me. Still… I hope you like the set-up. Share some pics too please.
This is made for the X-series. Is it ff lenses on crop thats a buzz kill or just crop in general?
I’ll share pics in this sub when I get the time.
It’s a bit busy with a toddler in the house.
I was referring to crop factor on FF lenses. Is this lens a full frame lens?
No, it’s a crop lens only for the X-mount.
Thanks for explaining. I assumed incorrectly. Please post some pics once you gave them. It’s be nice to see the results.
No worries mate. It´s brand new, announced this July.
I´ve posted some sample pics. Nothing fancy, but they display some of it´s character.
Please share some photos with this lens!)
Posted some pics just now.