The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

   Today, Mingjiang Optics has three M-mount lenses on the market. In the foreseeable future, the new Yashen 50mm/0.95 will also be on the market next year. As an emerging brand, it has launched three lenses within half a year of its establishment, and its speed cannot be underestimated. And instead of choosing the mainstream Japanese mount lens first, choosing the relatively niche M mount obviously has its own considerations. Presumptuously speculating on differentiated competition and obtaining market recognition from high-end models are possible ideas.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH

   I generally think that there are two main types of people who are interested in the three lenses currently launched. The first type is full-frame micro-single users who pursue smaller size and large aperture lenses. Manual focus was used in exchange for the balance between lightness, compactness and high image quality. Of course, this problem was broken in Sony’s mirrorless camera after Tiangong introduced an autofocus adapter ring.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH

   The second category is rangefinder users. Of course, many of these users overlap with the previous category. They will pursue cost performance, but more should be playability. Pursue the different surprises that each lens brings. This kind of surprise is not just the lens itself, it can be Voigtlander or Zeiss or Mingjiang Optics.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  铭smith M35mm f/1.4 ASPH

   From the current point of view, M35mm/1.4 and M11mm/2.8 have completely different meanings. The former is a tribute to the classics. The latter challenged the future after the M series began to have real-time view. So, today let’s take a look at the tribute to the M35mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Introduction to the overall appearance of   

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH mirror body

  From the appearance of the mirror body, it is indeed similar to the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH. However, the mirror body is shorter and more compact, while the inscriber is relatively longer. On the other hand, the hood of Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH is deeper, while the hood of Mingjiang M35mm f/1.4 ASPH is divided into two types: detachable and non-detachable, and the hood is relatively shallow. It is recommended that a detachable version should be considered. One is light, and the other can be replaced with a deeper hood in the future. In fact, Mingjiang Optics is indeed developing a new lens hood that matches the M35mm f/1.4 ASPH. Secondly, the overall texture of the lens body is good. The design of the inner screw makes the lens feel strong. The focus inner hexagon is also painted in corresponding colors, which is concealed and has no sense of violation. The scale printing and coloring are relatively delicate and delicate. Have the temperament that a high-end lens should have.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens body

   Many people compare this lens with the Summilux-M 35mm f/1.4 ASPH, and it is indeed similar in appearance. But the comparison of the price difference of ten times is really not a bullying or bullying the Mingjiang, the two should belong to different dimensions of products.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  M35mm Front of f/1.4 ASPH lens

   The M35mm f/1.4 ASPH is really solid from the workmanship. Indeed, as a manual focus lens, after removing the electronic performance, the shape has become more prominent and important. From the lens itself, the weight of 410g is very heavy. The metal texture brings a strong sense of luxury.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  铭smith M35mm f/1.4 ASPH lens coating

  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH has a diameter of 49mm. Through light refraction, the coating of the front lens group and other lens groups can be clearly seen. From the official information obtained on the Internet, Mingjiang used glass lenses and coatings with better light transmittance to reduce the reflection of the glass surface and increase the degree of color reproduction. From the personal actual use, the color performance is consistent. The other M mount lenses are not the same, and are their own characteristics. Such differentiation actually improves the user’s playability. Personally, I prefer its color performance under natural outdoor light.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  铭Maker M35mm f/1.4 ASPH Crescent Focus Lever

   Finally, the manual focus ring has comfortable damping and the Crescent Focus Lever pushes and pulls smoothly. The aperture switching transition is clear and distinct. This is the operating point that M-port users use all the time. In terms of durability, I currently cannot give an intuitive feeling, but from the initial experience, there is almost no difference from a high-end manual focus lens.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

   In terms of appearance, Mingjiang’s M35mm f/ 1.4 As far as ASPH is concerned, there is really nothing to fault with. At first glance, you won’t notice any discord between him and the machine. This point is worthy of recognition. Of course, I hope that the overall workmanship of this lens can withstand the test of time.

   Overall image quality test

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  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH resolution test table

   From the official MTF chart, the best picture quality should be F5.6. In the actual test, the sharpness at the maximum aperture and minimum aperture has decreased, and from F2.0-F11, the image quality at both the center and the edges is quite good, and the sharpness has been maintained at the same reference line. Too many drops. So in terms of distance, the overall sharpness will decrease when the distance is relatively close. When shooting, we can control the closest distance to more than one meter, and the performance at the middle distance will have relatively good quality performance. The best distance can be controlled at 2-5 meters, if you zoom out further, the overall sharpness will decrease.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  F1.4

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  M35mm f/1.4 ASPH has 10 aperture blades, and it can also shoot sharp starburst effects at F16 aperture. In the case of F1.4, the blur transition is also satisfactory. For this lens, the large aperture is also one of its advantages. Not only can it bring a greater amount of light in low light, it can show a very soft effect outside the distant focus when the focus is close. At the same time, the color will give people a very real and restored feeling.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

   From the basic image quality test, M35mm f/1.4 ASPH’s performance can be said to be quite satisfactory. As a lens with a unit price of about 3,000, the imaging quality is satisfactory enough, and it is not an exaggeration to call it an excellent value for money. Regarding the blur effect and color performance, it can only be said that the benevolent sees differently, after all this is the playability of the lens.

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  Sample appreciation

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 3200 Aperture: F4 Shutter: 1/30s

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  ISO: 200 Aperture: F2 .4 Shutter: 1/250s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 1250 Aperture: F2 Shutter: 1/125s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 800 Aperture: F2 Shutter: 1/125s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 2000 Aperture: F2 Shutter: 1/125s

  More proofs

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 200 Aperture: F3.4 Shutter: 1/ 125s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 250 Aperture: F2 Shutter: 1/125s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 400 aperture: F2.4 Shutter: 1/180s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 1000 Aperture: F2 Shutter: 1/180s

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  ISO: 800 Aperture: F1.4 Shutter: 1/125s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 200 Aperture: F2 Shutter: 1/250s

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

  ISO: 200 Aperture: F1.7 Shutter: 1/250s

  Edit summary

The Road of New Craftsman, Mingjiang 35mm/1.4 Trial Experience

   As the initial research and development lens M35mm f/1.4 ASPH can be considered There was a satisfactory answer sheet. It is also very good to uphold the original intention of “with the motto, ingenuity forever”. It also has a very good spin focus, while having a soft blur, the color will also give people a big surprise. I hope that subsequent products can be maintained as always. After all, this new artisan road is obstructed and it is not so easy to walk long.

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