I bought this lens on a whim. I’d recently bought my first mirrorless camera – the micro four thirds Olympus OM-D M10 Mark II – and I was keen to try out a manual lens. Only thing was, old lenses are heavy., and I’d bought the Olympus for its small size and portability. And with MFT’s focal length multiplier, a 50mm standard prime becomes a 100mm portrait lens, and that’s a focal length I very rarely shoot. A quick trawl through eBay and I discovered the 7Artisans 25mm f1.8. On MFT, 25mm becomes a nifty fifty, which is a much better focal length for general photography.
Featured image: The doors from the changing rooms are all that remain of the old open air bathing pool, North Berwick.
It’s a small lens, designed for digital, and the price was right. I decided to give it a try.
Truth to tell, it took me a while to get the hang of it. It’s a long time since I’ve used manual focus, and it really slowed me down. The first couple of times I used the lens, I almost gave up on it. Only … Each time I used it, frustrating as it was, I came home with photos I loved.
I’m starting to get the hang of it now. Once I assigned the front function button on the OM-D to focus peaking, it all started to feel more organic.
Looking at these photos taken with the 7Artisans, I’m curious to notice that I’ve converted several of them to black and white. Curious, because the colours from the 7Artisans lens are its strength, with a soft, analogue feel that works particularly well in harsh sunlight.
I don’t think I’ll ever go back to manual focus, and in fact I’ve just bought a Sigma 30mm f2.8 so that I can have an autofocus standard prime. But when I’m in the mood, I can see the point of manual focus. Sometimes, slowing down is the right thing to do.