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Kit out your Leica with a super fast 75mm f/1.25 for under £400!

Kit out your Leica with a super fast 75mm f/1.25 for under £400!
(Image credit: 7artisans)

Chinese manufacturer 7artisans has officially listed its 75mm f/1.25 for Leica M-mount camera systems as available for pre-order. With a super fast aperture and an incredibly affordable price of just £369 ($449), it's sure to catch the attention of any budget-loving Leica enthusiast. 

This manual focus lens has a 13-blade aperture and ranges from f/1.25 to f/16. Its minimum focus distance is 80cm and individual elements have multi-layer coating to suppress flare for greater contrast when working in strong lighting conditions. 

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If you like the look of this budget 75mm f/.1.25 but you're not a Leica shooter, this lens can also be adapted for other full-frame mirrorless camera systems. This will surely be a tempting prospect for any shooter keen to get their hands on a piece of glass capable of such super-wide apertures. 

The 7artisans 75mm f/1.25 looks to pair nicely with Leica M cameras

The 7artisans 75mm f/1.25 looks to pair nicely with Leica M cameras (Image credit: 7artisans)

Previous M-mount 7artisans lenses have included a 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/2 and a 50mm f/1.1. The Chinese company has built a name for itself in creating sturdy and reliable lenses for affordable prices – especially when compared to what you would pay if purchasing an equivalent lens from Leica itself. 

The Noctilux 75mm f/1.25 ASPH currently retails for an eye-watering £10,250 ($12,795.00), meaning you save an admittedly persuasive £9,881 ($12,346) by investing in 7artisans' version. 

While you're obviously not going to get the same impeccable quality you enjoy with a Leica piece of glass, the 7artisans lens will give you the freedom to experiment with the super shallow depth-of-field created by the f/1.25 maximum aperture comparatively risk-free. 

If you're interested in trying out the 7artisans 75mm f/1.25 for yourself, you can pre-order it from Adorama, B&H or eBay for £369 ($449).

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab) and  Digital Photographer (opens in new tab). Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.