2020 lastly appears to be coming to an finish! And let’s be sincere right here – This hasn’t precisely been the good 12 months in latest historical past. However proper earlier than we shut store and welcome, a hopefully improved, 2021, a Chinese language lens producer apparently determined that we wanted one thing cool to play with for our APSC cameras!
On December 18th, TTartisan introduced the instant availability of their new providing, the 50mm f/1.2. I used to be lucky sufficient to check out the lens for about three weeks previous to launch, and I believed I wished to share my experiences with you right here. However do we actually want one more fifty? Properly, this lens does deliver a few good issues to the desk, together with a ridiculously low value level at simply 98$USD, so let’s have a more in-depth take a look at it.
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I’ve no affiliation with TTartisan. They despatched me the lens to evaluate. I’m not getting paid by TTartisan in any kind.
Simply a few months in the past Fujifilm introduced their very own XF50mm f/1 R WR lens (You can read my thorough run-through of that lens here). A lens which is nearly as implausible as a lens can get inside the X-series system. Some individuals proclaimed that that lens was “the worst lens of 2020”. I laughed a bit once I learn that. An opinion seemingly based mostly on sharpness alone, I couldn’t actually take that moniker severely. I’m wondering if anybody else will.
The XF50mm f/1 R WR has autofocus, and clearly the IQ from that lens will run circles across the TTartisan 50mm f/1.2. However in actuality these two lenses can’t actually be in contrast based mostly on something apart from their shared focal size.
One has autofocus, is massive and costly.
The opposite is handbook focus solely, whereas being small and low-cost. VERY low-cost
There are a lot of good 50mm lenses on the market, with which one may examine this lens to, however they might largely be full body lenses for different programs that must be tailored, for instance Leica 50mm f/1.Four Summilux, Voigtländer Nokton 50/1.5, 50/1.2 or 50/1.1. TTartisan even has their very own 50mm f/0.95, and 50mm f/1.Four for M mount, and 7artisans made the 50mm f/1.1 in addition to the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 – So there are PLENTY of choices for quick fifty lenses in quite a lot of totally different value ranges.
Whether or not or not these lenses are higher than the TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 is difficult to reply. Some are, some aren’t. However one factor is a given. This TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 is likely one of the higher ones on the market. It’s very compact, and it’s VERY low-cost!
So let me write a little bit bit in regards to the TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 on it personal phrases, itemizing its strengths and weaknesses. Then I’ll go away the comparisons out of the equation for now.
Construct and really feel
These days there have been two rising stars on the Chinese language lens manufacturing scene. One is 7artisans and the opposite is TTartisan. Whereas their identify is VERY related, they”re NOT the identical firm so far as I’ve been advised. They each get their optics executed by DJ OPTICAL, however they every do their very own lens designs.
The optical-, in addition to the construct high quality of the lenses from each corporations are superb. It’s getting higher and higher. 7artisans makes extremely nicely constructed lenses, of which I presently personal the M-mount 75mm f/1.25 in addition to the brand new X-mount 35mm f/0.95 (review here).
The TTartisan M-mount line is perhaps even higher constructed than the 7artisans lenses. The TTartisan M-mount lenses really feel a lot like their Leica lens counterparts that it’s virtually scary.
A really cool factor is that this superb construct high quality from the M-mount lens line has been carried throughout to this 50mm f/1.2 lens. It truly is constructed to a really excessive commonplace.
One factor that put a BIG SMILE on my face once I unpacked the lens is the very fact hat it has…. and it is a massive one….
A CLICKED APERTURE RING!!!
I merely can not stress sufficient how a lot I like this characteristic. For he longest time all of the lenses to come back out of the varied Chinese language producers have been with de-clicked aperture controls. One thing that’s most likely fairly good for videographers, however for me as a photographer it’s so annoying that I’ve a tough time placing it into phrases! – So this truth alone is sufficient for me to advocate his lens right this moment, tomorrow and ceaselessly!
And the aperture is not only clicked, it has the identical superb feeling to the clicks as its M-mount counterparts. It has simply the correct quantity of resistance and click on. It’s excellent!! Every aperture cease steps are half-stops, with marking on full stops from f/1.Four to f/16.
Talking of the aperture, this lens has 10 aperture blades. They’re double curved, trying a little bit just like the Summilux 50mm f/1.Four aperture blades. It makes for good trying bokeh even stopped down, however round f/2.8-5.6 the out of focus areas will generally have a little bit of uneven edges on the specular highlights.
The focusing ring can also be very easy and has about 120 diploma focus throw from 0.5m to infinity. Very quick to focus, but exact because the closest distances. The grip on the main focus ring will not be rubber, it’s ribbed etched metallic. It feels completely easy with good dampened stops at every finish of the spectrum.
The markings on the lens are painted, however not etched in. Time will inform in the event that they put on off or not.
The lens and mount is comprised of metallic, and it feels actually sturdy. Construct high quality is superb along with his lens!
The picture beneath reveals all of the technical specs of the TTartisan 50mm f/1.2. As you’ll be able to see it’s a 7 aspect / 5 group construct. I instantly observed the construct seemed lots like a Sonnar design. I requested TTartisan about this, and certainly it’s a Sonnar construct. They’ve improved upon it although, so the bokeh will not be “busy” as with typical Sonnars, and the basic “glowy” rendering has additionally been corrected bit.
I’m not going to enter extra element in regards to the technical stuff, because the image beneath actually states all of it.
Picture High quality
Now, let’s get into the vital half, we could? How does this factor render?
The TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 will not be a jack-of-all-trades sort of lens. As with all 50mm APSC lens (75mm full body equal) it’s largely geared towards portraiture the place the photographer would need a little bit bit much less compression than if utilizing an 85mm equal lens.
I additionally take pleasure in utilizing this focal size on the road, once I need to single out particulars or simply go nearer throughout these CoVid instances the place persons are very conscious of protecting interpersonal distance.
Some panorama photographers would possibly need to use this focal size for a little bit of compression, however they often go longer.
All in all, a lens like that is in fact optimised for portraiture, and therefore ought to excel in bokeh rendering in addition to sharpness large open at shut distances. The nook sharpness, vignetting and backbone at f/Eight at infinity are much less vital traits for the sort of lens.
This isn’t to make excuses about poor picture high quality traits, it’s simply to remind you that you want to take into consideration this stuff earlier than making a purchase order.
The TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 undoubtedly has respectable sharpness. Even large open. It’s under no circumstances the sharpest lens I’ve ever shot, neither is it the softest both. It has a little bit of that Sonnar really feel when shot large open, but it surely lacks that gloom seen an spotlight areas typical of the Sonnar design. Extensive open it actually seems good at closeup distances when shooing pores and skin, because it lessens the looks of blemishes and pores and skin irregularities.
Even at medium distances of about 5-10 meters it really performs fairly nicely at f/1.2. I wasn’t anticipating this.
Stopping all the way down to f/2 the sharpens up rather a lot and turns into much more contrasty. As is to be anticipated. Optimum sharpness is achieved at f/5.6-f/8, however who on earth buys a 98USD 50mm f/1.2 lens to shoot it at f/8?….. yeah…didn’t hink so both!
Nook sharpness is respectable. Even large open. Once more, I wasn’t actually anticipating that.
The out of focus rendering of this lens is basically actually easy! Extensive open the specular highlights (or bokeh balls….merry Christmas ) look completely superb. Spherical, clear, no harsh edges and no onion rings. Simply amazingly clear trying bokeh!
Shot large open this lens has a number of the finest trying bokeh I’ve seen in a very long time. Taking the worth into consideration this shouldn’t even be attainable. It’s actually that good.
It displays a little bit little bit of optical vignetting, so you will get a little bit of swirl on the proper distances, and the form of the Christmas…sorry…bokeh balls will look a bit extra cat-eyed in the direction of the perimeters of the frames.
When stopped down the specular highlights could have a extra irregular form due to the way in which the aperture blades are created. It begins at f/2 and goes away by f/8. In that aperture vary you’ll get star formed specular highlights, similar to when utilizing the old Japanese Summilux, The Canon 50mm f/1.4 LTM.
Vignette, Flaring and distortion
There’s a little little bit of vignetting large open, however not an excessive amount of. I’d say about 1/three publicity cease. It goes away at f/2. It’s to be anticipated, so no surprises there.
The lens coating handles flaring actually rather well! Whereas the 7artisans 35mm f/0.95 flared rather a lot (though trying very nice when you’re into that kind of factor), this TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 doesn’t actually appears to flare. We havn’t had a lot solar these previous weeks, however after we did get some solar I attempted all of the methods within the guide to get flaring. – I merely couldn’t make it flare! So if backlit portraiture is your factor, this lens ought to match proper into your arsenal of instruments!
Merely couldn’t get the rattling hing to flare. However photos are large open with direct solar at a slight angle.
The TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 displays some barrel distortion an in depth distances. Nothing heavy, however it’s there. I didn’t really feel the necessity to appropriate it in publish, however it may well simply be executed because it’s very minute, so the necessity to crop whereas correcting is a non situation.
Conclusion and Pattern Gallery
This new 50mm f/1.2 lens from TTartisan is the most recent in an enormous pool of handbook focus quick fifty lenses from numerous producers for mirrorless programs. It has a few key factors that actually makes it stand out from the competitors.
To begin with the worth. At $98USD it’s so ridiculously low-cost, that it actually could possibly be a bit of shit, and it might nonetheless be price it. However it isn’t! Quite the opposite!!
It’s extremely compact. It has superb construct high quality, a number of the finest bokeh I’ve seen in a very long time, excellent sharpness large open, and final however not least a clicked aperture ring!
The TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 is an prompt suggestion for anybody who likes to make use of the 50mm focal size on an APSC digicam.
The TTartisan 50mm f/1.2 is obtainable at $98 USD beginning December 18th 2020.
All samples have been shot on my Fujifilm X-pro3 cameras. I’ve shot this lens at night time in addition to in daylight, I’ve tried to shoot each portraiture and extra road oriented photos. All photos have been publish processed utilizing Adobe Lightroom software program.
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Concerning the Creator
Jonas Dyhr Rask is a Physician M.D. and a photographer from Denmark. He’s an official Fujifilm X-Photographer and a member of the KAGE collective. Yow will discover extra of Jonas’ work on his website, Instagram, Flickr, and 500px. This text was additionally revealed here and shared with permission.