Within the SLR period the “Nifty Fifty” was the lens of selection for a lot of: a compact, quick and on the similar time inexpensive 50mm lens. For the Sony FE system the subsequent smartest thing we bought up to now is the Sony FE 50mm 2.5 G, nevertheless it isn’t as quick and in addition not that inexpensive.
To my shock TTArtisan is now the one attempting to revive the Nifty Fifty and regardless of being a mirrorless design it’s as small because the smallest SLR 50s. However did they succeed? Let’s discover out on this evaluation.
A lot of the pattern pictures on this evaluation might be present in full decision right here.
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 was kindly supplied freed from cost by TTArtisan for reviewing goal for a number of weeks.
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is the shortest 50mm lens designed for mirrorless cameras I’ve seen but. It’s accessible for Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z, Fuji-X, L-mount, Eos-M and M43. I’m reviewing the E-mount model right here which has the next specs:
- Diameter: 60 mm
- Subject of view: 45° (diagonally)
- Size: 35 mm
- Weight: 189g
- Filter Diameter: 43 mm
- Variety of Aperture Blades: 10 (rounded)
- Parts/Teams: 6/5
- Shut Focusing Distance: 0.5 m (measured: 0.58 m)
- Most Magnification: 1:8.9
- Mount: Sony E
Dealing with / Construct High quality
To this point many of the TTArtisan E-mount lenses have first been launched as M-mount lenses after which later been modified for different mounts. This 50mm 2.0 is totally different although, because it isn’t even accessible for M-mount and the casing design additionally differs loads from their M-mount lenses. Just like the M-mount lenses it’s also made by DJ-Optical although.
The mechanical high quality typically feels good though I do see some price reducing measures, because the markings are solely printed, not engraved and crammed with paint as I’m used to from TTArtisan.
The aperture ring (90° rotation from f/2.0 to f/16) has a slightly uncommon stepping, too: half-stop click-stops between f/2.0 and f/5.6 and full-stop click-stops between f/5.6 and f/16. The stops additionally get narrower as you cease down, so the interior mechanical design have to be a bit easier.
The main target ring does supply a pleasant resistance barely on the tender aspect and rotates a bit greater than 120° from the minimal focus distance of 0.50 m to infinity. Utilizing the lens it felt prefer it didn’t focus as shut as marketed, so I checked and certainly the minimal focus distance is nearer to 0.6 m.
There is no such thing as a hood distributed with the lens and there isn’t an official one accessible. TTArtisan informed me they’ve an oblong 43mm screw-in hood accessible although which I ordered then, nevertheless it didn’t actually assist with decreasing the quantity of lens flares.
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is the smallest 50mm lens for the fullframe mirrorless methods I’m conscious of. It’s about the identical measurement because the smallest SLR period 50mm lenses just like the Nikon Collection E 50mm 1.8 – fairly the achievement!
There are not any digital contacts, it is a absolutely handbook lens that doesn’t talk with the digicam.
With a lens this small I’m anticipating excessive vignetting figures and that is what we get. Stopping down steadily reduces the vignetting to common values within the corners although.
It’s endorsed to take a look at this text first to get an concept how this brightness graph works.
Quick and on the similar time compact lenses normally present a major quantity of optical vignetting. With out going an excessive amount of into technical particulars optical vignetting results in the truncation of sunshine circles in the direction of the borders of the body.
Within the heart of the body nearly each lens will render an ideal circle, however solely lenses with very low optical vignetting will preserve this form within the corners.
So within the following comparability we transfer from the middle (left) to the acute nook (proper) and see how the form of the sunshine circle modifications.
The good thing about brief lenses just like the TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is that the quantity of optical vignetting is normally low and that is additionally the case right here. There are additionally no aspherical parts getting used so the out of focus highlights are clear with none onion ring constructions.
The strains working by the circles are because of the glass I used as a mirror to take these photos and will not be a characteristic of the lens.
As is commonly the case when utilizing lenses with robust vignetting on the later Sony sensors there’s a slight buish teint within the corners seen. That is extra pronounced at wider apertures and it’s hardly ever noticeable in actual photos, however you may nonetheless be capable to spot it in a single or two of the pattern photos.
infinity (42mp Sony A7rII)
At f/2.0 we see a basic softness attributable to spherical aberration everywhere in the body which clears up on stopping all the way down to f/2.8.
The midframe begins to look actually good at f/4.0, however the corners by no means attain that degree – not that uncommon for a pancake lens with low ingredient depend and no aspherical parts.
At f/11 you continue to get good throughout body high quality, so I wouldn’t thoughts utilizing this lens for panorama/structure scenes with wonderful particulars.
Not solely the scale additionally the efficiency is similar to the compact 50mm lenses of the SLR period.
Taking a look at Phillip’s evaluation of the Sony FE 50mm 1.8 I don’t have the sensation the Sony lens exhibits a noticeably higher efficiency right here.
portrait distance 1.4 m distance (42mp Sony A7rII)
For portraiture it isn’t so essential how flat the sphere is, it’s extra fascinating to see what the sharpness is like when centered at totally different components of the body to take area curvature out of the equation.
We can be taking a look at 100% crops from the 42mp Sony A7rII.
f/2.0 <—> f/2.8
Additionally at portrait distance we see the TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is a bit tender at f/2.0 and sharpens up significantly when stopping all the way down to f/2.8. I didn’t thoughts utilizing f/2.0 within the area when wanted although.
shut (0.6 m, 1:8.9, 42mp A7rII)
100% crops from heart, A7rII, because of focus shift (see corresponding part) I refocused for each shot.
A minimal focus distance of ~0.6 m is common for a 50mm lens. After all a lens this small doesn’t characteristic a floating parts design so I anticipated very tender photos at f/2.0.
Certainly this 50mm 2.0 is a bit softer because of undercorrected spherical aberration, stopping all the way down to f/2.8 improves the state of affairs considerably.
Often evaluating the flare resistance is a posh matter since you may get any lens to look dangerous for those who push it arduous sufficient and a slight change of situation can have an effect on outcomes loads, however right here the state of affairs is definitely not that advanced.
Solar outdoors body
The TTArtisans 50mm 2.0 doesn’t ship with a hood nevertheless it is without doubt one of the lenses the place it could be badly wanted. With level mild sources outdoors of the body veiling flare is an enormous concern. Shading the lens with my hand normally helped, so listed below are two aspect by aspect examples:
The folks at TTA informed me they do supply a 43mm rectangular screw-in hood that ought to work with this lens so I ordered it to test, nevertheless it didn’t make a distinction in any respect as it’s too brief.
Solar inside body
With the solar contained in the body the state of affairs is a bit higher, however there’s a slightly distinct pink ghost which is simple to come across. At most aperture it’s possible you’ll encounter some inside reflections as effectively.
So in the long run this isn’t a lens I might advocate for those who like taking pictures in backlit eventualities loads, until you want such lens flares for inventive causes.
All of the pancake lenses I’ve used up to now had points with Coma at wider apertures and this TTArtisan lens isn’t any exception. Additionally on this class the efficiency is similar to the compact 50mm lenses from the SLR period.
The efficiency improves steadily on stopping down and is greatest at f/11.
100% crops from excessive nook, centered on heart, Sony A7rII
When taking photos within the daylight at f/2.0 Coma can be seen within the corners beneath sure circumstances:
Sony A7III | TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 | f/5.6
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 exhibits a slightly pronounced however principally uniform pincushion distortion. Dialing in -6 in Lightroom/Photoshop will appropriate this sufficiently for many topics, however some traces of distortion within the corners stay.
A 50mm f/2.0 is not going to break any data when it comes to bokeh, however we already noticed this lens exhibits low optical vignetting and doesn’t use aspherical parts, so I hope to see some even and undistracting bokeh.
So, as common we’ll test how the lens behaves at various distances and with totally different backgrounds.
At shut distances there’s a lot to love: bokeh is easy and undistracting, due to low optical vignetting level mild sources tackle a pure form even near the corners of the body and the comparatively excessive distinction on the most aperture provides to a pleasant sense of depth and topic separation.
At medium distances the bokeh over many of the body nonetheless seems interesting and undistracting, solely within the corners we are able to see some deteoriations (principally attributable to Coma in all probability) that result in highlights taking up trapezoidal shapes.
This in fact relies on the background as effectively, if there have been no advanced constructions near the corners I discovered it to be fairly good really.
As normally issues get harder at longer focus distances. Within the forest I usually discovered the Coma to wreck the bokeh within the corners a bit and looking out on the image with the statue area curvature may also play its half.
So in the long run this isn’t a lens that may yield nice bokeh in any state of affairs (like e.g. the Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM), however in lots of conditions it yields interesting outcomes however.
If you wish to know the way sure aberrations can have an effect on the bokeh rendering take a look at this text.
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 makes use of 10 rounded aperture blades that solely create very fuzzy sunstars.
If you wish to know extra about sunstar rendering of various lenses take a look at this text.
100% crops from nook, A7rII
A lot of the body is freed from CA however near the borders and corners they’re a bit on the robust aspect. Nonetheless, the one-click-correction in a uncooked developer like Lightroom is doing an excellent job right here.
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is corrected for loCA surprisingly effectively. There may be solely minimal magenta outlining in entrance of the focal aircraft seen and hardly any inexperienced outlining behind it.
50% crops, A7rII
With some lenses when stopping down the aircraft of optimum focus shifts to the again or the entrance. The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is one in all these lenses.
So long as you cease down first and focus afterwards it will by no means be a problem.
I’ll solely cowl the actually apparent alternate options intimately right here, however you’ll be able to at all times take a look at our Information to 50mm lenses for Sony E-mount to get an concept of what the choices are.
Sony FE 50mm 1.8
The Sony FE 50mm 1.8 is the most affordable of Sony’s ~50mm lenses. The AF is on the noisy aspect and there are additionally some optical compromises (corners at infinity, loCA correction, Coma correction) to concentrate on. The load is identical as this TTArtisan lens, however the latter is approach smaller.
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Sony FE 50mm 2.5G:
That is Sony’s concept of a contemporary compact 50mm lens. The optical qualities are typically higher (particularly flare resistance and Coma correction), you get AF and really good construct high quality. The worth is a bit staggering contemplating the specs although, however typically you could find this lens closely discounted which makes it extra engaging.
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Samyang 45mm 1.8 AF:
The Samyang 45mm 1.8 is the lightest lens on this checklist although it’s noticeably greater than this TTArtisan lens. It shares the problems with nook sharpness at infinity however not with flare resistance and Coma. As an alternative the loCA correction is noticeably worse and the bokeh affected by robust onion rings.
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Zeiss Loxia 50mm 2.0:
The Zeiss Loxia 50mm 2.0 was the primary handbook focus 50mm lens for E-mount cameras. In some areas it exhibits a greater efficiency, however I discover it a bit overpriced lately. If you wish to spend that a lot cash on a handbook focus 50mm f/2.0 lens higher take a look on the Voigtländer 50mm 2.0 Apo-Lanthar E.
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SLR period 50mm lenses:
Within the SLR period each producer had at the very least one quick compact 50mm lens on supply. In comparison with fancy trendy lenses the flare resistance is normally worse as is nook sharpness at wider apertures. Many of those carry out fairly related when evaluating to the TTArtisan lens being reviewed right here although.
You possibly can clearly solely discover these lenses used lately and with the rise of mirrorless cameras and the choice to adapt these lenses a lot of them are overpriced and overhyped now and the situation they arrive in after 40 years will not be at all times nice.
We’ve reviewed many of those lenses right here, e.g. the Olympus OM 50mm 1.8, Pentacon 50mm 1.8 or Minolta MD 50mm 2.0 to solely identify a number of.
The TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is a lens I didn’t even suppose was attainable. At house I’ve a shelve with some previous (principally damaged) analogue cameras and amongst these is a Nikon FE with a Collection E 50mm 1.8 lens. I typically take a look at that lens considering “for SLR cameras such small but quick 50mm lenses have been attainable, too dangerous this isn’t the case for mirrorless cameras anymore due to the lacking mirror field”.
The factor is, that previous Nikon lens is about the identical measurement because the TTArtisan lens being reviewed right here, however the TTArtisan lens doesn’t want a cumbersome adapter for use on a mirrorless digicam.
As we’re used to from TTArtisan/DJ-Optical the construct high quality is sweet and strong. The slim aperture ring is the one factor I might nag about, however in the long run that is additionally the value we’ve got to pay for the small dimensions.
The small variety of lens parts and the absence of aspherical parts means we don’t see report breaking sharpness figures on the most aperture within the corners or completely corrected Coma. However is it actually wanted for a lens like this? I don’t suppose so.
The sharpness and backbone is enough at f/2.0 over many of the body. Stopped all the way down to f/8.0 to f/11 the throughout body efficiency can be ok for the lens for use for structure or panorama pictures.
The bokeh amount is not going to break any data in fact, however we get principally even (due to low optical vignetting) and undistracting bokeh with out onion rings – due to the absence of aspherical parts. Within the forest or at evening the robust Coma within the corners could be a bit distracting although.
The achilles heel of the TTArtisan 50mm 2.0 is the dangerous flare resistance. If a lightweight supply is anyplace shut by, you might be fairly positive to catch some artefacts. With the solar outdoors the body shading the lens with my hand helped fairly often, however this isn’t at all times an answer and it shouldn’t be.
I saved the very best for final although: the TTArtisan is just $69. That is lower than you normally pay for a semi-decent 40 years previous SLR 50mm f/1.8 lens with cumbersome adapter lately.
For that value it’s a nice choice to carry subsequent to your large zoom lens in its place if you wish to journey mild or want a bit extra velocity once in a while.
A lot of the pattern pictures on this evaluation might be present in full decision right here.
My identify is Bastian and I’m your knowledgeable right here with regards to extremely large angle lenses, tremendous quick portrait lenses (starting from a 50mm f/0.95 to a 200mm f/1.8) and I even have reviewed approach too many 35mm lenses.
Do not ask me something about macro or wildlife taking pictures although.