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7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.1 Lens for Leica M (Silver)

BH #7A50F11SVLM • MFR #A401S
7artisans Photoelectric
7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.1 Lens for Leica M (Silver)
Key Features
  • Leica M-Mount Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/1.1 to f/16
  • Multi-Layer Lens Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
Mixing a normal field of view with an exceptionally fast maximum aperture, the silver 50mm f/1.1 from 7artisans Photoelectric is a versatile prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Distinguished by its bright f/1.1 design, this lens excels in low-light conditions and also affords extensive control over depth of field for isolating subjects and using selective focus techniques. A rounded 12-blade diaphragm also contributes to shallow depth of field work by producing a smooth, rounded bokeh quality.
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7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.1 Overview

Mixing a normal field of view with an exceptionally fast maximum aperture, the silver 50mm f/1.1 from 7artisans Photoelectric is a versatile prime designed for M-mount rangefinder cameras. Distinguished by its bright f/1.1 design, this lens excels in low-light conditions and also affords extensive control over depth of field for isolating subjects and using selective focus techniques. A rounded 12-blade diaphragm also contributes to shallow depth of field work by producing a smooth, rounded bokeh quality.

The lens features a Sonnar-type optical design with 7 elements in 6 groups, and individual elements feature a multi-layer coating to help reduce reflections and ghosting for greater contrast and color accuracy. Additionally, the lens has an all-manual design, and focusing operation is benefitted by engraved depth of field and focusing scales.

Normal-length 50mm prime designed for full-frame and 35mm Leica M-mount rangefinder cameras.
Notably fast f/1.1 maximum aperture affords extensive control over depth of field and also benefits working in low-light conditions.
Sonnar-type optical design delivers a high degree of sharpness throughout the aperture range.
Individual elements feature a multi-layer coating to suppress flare and ghosting for greater contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
Manual focus design permits working with subjects as close as 2.3' away.
Engraved focus distance and depth of field scales benefit working with pre-focus and hyperfocal focusing techniques.
Rounded 12-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
UPC: 707581264936

7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.1 Specs

Focal Length50mm
Maximum Aperturef/1.1
Minimum Aperturef/16
Lens MountLeica M
Angle of View46°
Minimum Focus Distance2.3' / 70 cm
Optical Design7 Elements in 6 Groups
Diaphragm Blades12, Rounded
Focus TypeManual Focus
Filter Size55 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)2.36 x 1.93" / 60 x 49 mm
Weight14.11 oz / 400 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.5 x 4.5 x 3.9"

7artisans Photoelectric 50mm f/1.1 Reviews

Whose fault is it for being unable to afford a noctilux

By Yigong
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-24

This is my first non-leica lens and I love it so far. Easy to calibrate on my M10-R: I spent about 10mins to follow the instruction to adjust the back. But honestly it came pretty well calibrated . No, it is not sharp at all on f1.1, even at the center it has noticeable glowing on the subject. But I like the dreamy and soft character. If I want sharpness I could turns down to f2 or smaller and I am satisfied with the clearness for f2. For a f1.1 lens it is vert lightweight so my camera doesn't tip over on a flat surface. I also love my 50mm Summilux silver but I cannot let my M camera stand. Yes it does not have the performance of a noctilux, but for a tiny fraction price of a noctilux (maybe less than its sell tax), this lens provides 80% performance of a noctilux (yeah it cannot be quantified but you get the idea). For me it 100% worth the price. It is unfair to benchmark this lens with a noctilux, haters should be well aware of it by simply looking at the price. I am wondering if people mad because it enables more people to access the premium league of noctilux.

A fun lens

By Eric
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-17

Nowhere near perfect wide open but fun nonetheless. Adapt it to digital mostly, sometimes with the TECHART AF adapter, but I enjoy using it with film as well. It behaves itself stopped down to f/1.4 and beyond but that is not why I bought this lens. I have objectively better AF lenses for that. But when shooting for myself I will often reach for this one instead. See samples. All shot wide open.

Incredible Performance!

By Fernando
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-11-06

This lens is Incredible! The craftsmanship feels first class right up there with Voightlander, for comparison. Heavy in a wonderful way definitely does not feel cheap. The quality for the money is what's important, this nifty noctilux does exactly what it's supposed to do. At F1.1 obviously your going to be soft, but the image is reasonably sharp especially in the center. At F2.8 I get incredible results, and I usually shoot it at F5.6 and it's amazing. F8.0 is razor sharp all over. There is no better deal for a Leica M-P240 user like myself. An incredible amount of Lens resolving power for the fraction of the price of a Leica. My lens was accurate right out of the box, got lucky I guess. Would recommend this lens to anyone one a budget or exploring Leica rangefinder photography. My only thing was, my lens was not chipped. No big deal, I shoot in manual mode or aperture priority. You can't lose. Hope this helps.

Best lens for the price.

By Sitara
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-22

Love it.. even worked perfect for portraits.

E. Smith review of above lens

By elliott
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-05-05

While not Leica 'glass', this is a more than acceptable alternative to normal lens...no complaints with image quality!

Dreamy, Soft, And Wonderful

By Carlos
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-04-17

Wide open that is. And why would you use this at any other aperture? If you want sharp - use another lens or stop this down but then you don't get the delightful and dreamy aspects. Fun to use.

Not usable on Leica SL2 or CL

By George
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-09

This well built enjoyable lens works well on my Leica M10. It will not focus to infinity on myLeica SL2 using the Leica adaptor nor on the CL. The rear is too deep for either of those cameras. It is an M mount only, which is how it is marketed. I had hope it would work on the SL2 and CL. Alas, it won't . Otherwise I admire the built, the quality of the glass and find it a fun lens now and then. I have hd this lens a little over a year.

For the price, it punches well above its class.

By Marc
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-22

Got this because I didn't want to spend $8K on a Leica 50 Nocti ... I primarily use a 35/1.4 and 75/2AA on my M Monochrome ... 50mm is too close to both focal lengths. I also tend to use M lenses on Sony A mirrorless cameras and use the magnification feature to focus with ... Once you calibrate this lens on your Leica M, it can be sharper than expected ... however, I'd bet it is the luck of the draw whether every copy is decently sharp wide open. When this lens is on it reminds me of the pre-ASPH 50/1.4 in character ... which is s good thing for portraits and the like.

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question

will this fit the Leica M4and M5? I understand this was an issue with earlier versions.
Asked by: sam a.
My sample interfered with the meter arm on my M5 (an early 2-lug model). There were slight variations over the course of production, as with most camera, but the combination would not work for me.
Answered by: Randall
Date published: 2019-09-12

Does the silver version have 6 bits code?

Does the silver version have 6 bits code?
Asked by: Francis
Yes this lens has 6 bits code.
Answered by: Zachariah
Date published: 2021-02-14

The lens does not lock into my Leica M4-2 film ...

The lens does not lock into my Leica M4-2 film camera. Is this lens designed to work with the M-series film rangefinders?
Asked by: Levent
This lens is designed to work with Leica M mount cameras.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2021-01-22

I wonder how well this lens would work on a Micro ...

I wonder how well this lens would work on a Micro four thirds body using an appropriate adapter. It would be nice to have the speed plus the advantages of IBIS and focus peaking?
Asked by: peter
Actually, the responder who wrote “The crop factor for MFT...” doesn’t seem to understand photographic optics. The lens is a 50mm/1.1, period. It’s field of view on MFT is the equivalent of 100mm on full frame. But that doesn’t change the depth of field of the 50mm/1.1. But the 50mm will have the DOF of a 50mm, not a 100mm since the latter is not its focal length. If you “enlarge” the picture to the same degree as a 50mm picture would be, you’ll get a smaller print of a more restricted FOV. But the subject will be the same size and the DOF will be the same as a 50mm/1.1 lens. If you want the same FOV as the full frame 50 gives, you will have to move back to twice the original distance. I am the OP who asked the question. I wanted to know whether it would fit and focus accurately using the rangefinder’s cam. That goes to the quality of the adapter and also the precision and accuracy with which the cam is cut.
Answered by: peter
Date published: 2020-07-31

What’s the best UV filter to use with this lens ...

What’s the best UV filter to use with this lens that is compatible with the Lenscap? I bought an F-pro B+W but I cant fit the lens cap when using the said filter
Asked by: Stephen
If you are looking for the best UV filter available for your filter thread size, and which also has 55mm front filter accessory threads, I would recommend either the Hoya 55mm HD3 UV Filter, B&H # HOUVHD355, the ZEISS 55mm Carl ZEISS T* UV Filter, B&H # ZEUVF55, or the Hoya 55mm EVO Antistatic UV(0) Filter, B&H # HOUVASE55, for your usage needs, depending on your budget.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2018-12-27

Will this work on an Sony a6000 with leica m ...

Will this work on an Sony a6000 with leica m mount adaptor?
Asked by: Ivan
Yes, with a Leica M mount to E mount adapter.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-09-14

Does the lens couple to the Leica rangefinder?

Does the lens couple to the Leica rangefinder?
Asked by: peter
Yes this lens can couple to a Leica rangefinder.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-01-16

It appears this lens will not work with the Leica ...

It appears this lens will not work with the Leica M to l adaptor on the Leica CL. It extends too far back to focus to infinity. Has anyone found a way around this?
Asked by: George
It will not work on the CL.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2020-04-02
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