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Notethat the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 lens is available with different mounts. This review shows the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 version for Sony E mirrorless cameras with APS-C sensor. At the same time, the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is also available with Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Leica L and Micro 4/3 mounts.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is a modern high-aperture lens for cropped mirrorless cameras with manual focus. One of the most compact, fast and inexpensive similar fixtures for cameras with an APS-C sensor.
35mm is a very convenient focal length that allows the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 to be used as a standard lens for a wide variety of photographic tasks.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is interesting for its low price, high-quality assembly and a maximum relative aperture of 1: 1.4. Optically has problems, but in general should fully satisfy all the needs of amateur photographers.
Prior to the release of TTArtisan 35 / 1.4, all lenses from TTArtisan were premium solutions and were produced mainly for Leica M mount. One of the most famous lenses of this brand is TTArtisan 50 / 0.95, which is available in black and silver as well as'Silver Black'and'Red Ox 2021 Limited'. It is rather strange to see the appearance of budget lenses from TTArtisan for crop cameras.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is a super-budget replacement for autofocus cropped lenses for mirrorless cameras:
- Sony 35 / 1.8 OSS (for Sony E mount)
- Canon 32 / 1.4 STM (for Canon EF-M mount)
- Zeiss 32 / 1.8 Toit (Planar) (for Sony E and Fujifilm X mounts)
- Sigma 30 / 1.4 DC DN (for Sony E and Micro 4/3 mount)
- Viltrox 33 / 1.4 STM (for Sony E and Fujifilm X mounts)
- Fujinon 35 / 1.4 XF R (for Fujifilm X mount)
- Fujinon 35/2 XF R WR (for Fujifilm X mount)
- Fujinon 35/2 XC (for Fujifilm X mount)
- Tokina 33 / 1.4 atx-m (for Fujifilm X mount)
- it turned out that Panasonic and Olympus do not make a fast 35-current under Micro 4/3
- Do you know any other similar high-aperture autofocus lenses for cropped mirrorless cameras? Please indicate them in the comments, I will add to the list
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 was officially presented 6 September 2020 and became the first lens from TTArtisan for cropped mirrorless cameras. Prior to this, TTArtisan produced only full-frame optics (see the list in the section below).
All TTArtisan lenses
For mirrorless full-frame cameras:
- TTArtisan 11 mm F / 2.8 Fisheye [E, Z, RF, L, Leica M]
- TTArtisan 21 mm F / 1.5 DJ-OPTICAL [E, Z, RF, L, Leica M, black / silver]
- TTArtisan 35 mm F / 1.4 DJ-OPTICAL [Leica M only, black / silver + '24K GOLD SKIN Limited']
- TTArtisan 50 mm F / 1.4 M ASPH. DJ-OPTICAL [Leica M only]
- TTArtisan 50 mm F / 0.95 DJ-OPTICAL ASPH [Leica M only, black / silver + 'Silver Black'+'Red Ox 2021 Limited']
For mirrorless cropped cameras:
- TTArtisan 35 mm F / 1.4 DJ-OPTICAL [L, E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3]
- TTArtisan 50 mm F / 1.2 DJ-OPTICAL [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
- EF-M: Canon EF-M
- L: Leica L (Leica T, Leica TL, Leica SL)
- E: Sony E / FE
- X: Fujifilm X
- M4 / 3: Micro 4/3
- RF: Canon RF
- Z: Nikon Z
These lenses are the easiest to find on Aliexpress authorized dealer TTartisan.
List of all lenses 7Artisans you can see here.
Main technical characteristics of TTArtisan 35 / 1.4
|Review Instance Name||Near the front lens: TTArtisan DJ-OPTICAL 35 / 1.4 Ø39
On the case: TTArtisan
Cover: TTArtisan APS-C 35mm F1.4
Mount side: E-mount
|Front Filter Diameter||39 mm|
|Focal length||35 mm
|Zoom ratio||1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)|
|Designed by||Option from the review for cropped mirrorless Sony cameras.
This lens exists with mounts:
|Number of aperture blades||10 rounded petals|
|Diaphragm||f / 1.4 to f / 16, controlled by the aperture control ring. There are labels for F / 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4, 5.6, 8, 16. The ring rotates with a click, smoothly. There is one intermediate value between pairs of numbers F / 1.4, 2, 2.8, 4|
|MDF||0.28 meters, maximum magnification ratio of approximately 1: 6 (measured)|
|Optical design||7 elements in 6 groups|
|Lens hood||Must be screwed into the front filter thread; marking unknown|
|Manufacturer country||Made in China (there is no data on the country of manufacture on the lens itself)|
|Period||From 6 September to 2020|
F / 1.4 is 2/3 stops brighter than the more common F / 1.8 on many other similar lenses, such as the original lens Sony 35mm F / 1.8 OSS... Moreover, the original Sony 35mm F / 1.8 OSS It has price tag around $ 500.
The lens came to the review completely new, in its original original packaging. The box contains only the lens itself with front and back covers and a short instruction. The manual is in Chinese only, there is a warranty sheet at the end. The box that the lens comes in is pretty stylish. The lens in the box is securely mounted with two foam inserts.
The front cover is metal, without latches. The cover is screwed into the thread of the front filter. This method of installing the front protective cover is inconvenient.
Overall, the lens is well assembled. TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 has bayonet mount metal and the lens body itself and the front cover are completely made of metal, using anodized aluminum.
The weight of the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 lens itself is only 180 grams. In the hands, the lens feels like a solid and high-quality thing.
The diameter of the filters is only 39 mm, which is a record-low value for this kind of lenses.
The design is nice, and the lens itself is very compact, ideal for small Sony cameras with an APS-C sensor.
Out of the ordinary: On the lens barrel (on the smooth part of the focusing ring) its optical scheme is drawn, which I have never seen before. On the opposite side of the diagram, there is the inscription 'TTArtisan' on the lens. During the rotation of the focusing ring, this inscription does not fit into the place of the diagram, it seems that it was applied in the wrong place. This is due to the fact that the focusing ring rotates not 180 degrees, but 135 degrees.
UPDATE: Most likely the design of the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 was inspired by the lens Voigtlander Heliar 50 / 3.5.
On the network, I met TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 without a drawing of the optical circuit, instead of it there was strange inscription 'vn || vr'... Who can tell what it is? Please unsubscribe in the comments.
Diaphragm consists of ten petals and always forms a fairly round hole. The petals are matte. The diaphragm can only be controlled manually using a special ring. The diaphragm ring rotates with clicks... There are different gaps between the pairs of f-numbers, which is not very convenient. F / 4, 5.6, 8, 16 are piled up.
It's important: aperture control ring is located from the front of the lensbehind the focus ring. This arrangement of the diaphragm ring is quite convenient. There is no problem to accidentally touch the aperture control ring during focusing and knock out the set aperture value.
There is no F / 11 on the aperture ring (and there is no intermediate value between F / 8-F / 16), while there is a notch for F / 11 on the DOF scale. The DOF scale is stepped (values are on the thick part of the body frame, and the lines are on the narrow part of the body frame).
The focusing ring is narrow, metal, ribbed. The focus ring is close enough to the lens mount. The ring spins on 135 degrees (3/8 of a full turn). Focusing is smooth and enjoyable.
It's important: The metal ribs of the narrow focusing ring rub on your fingers with prolonged use. It was most convenient for me to use the lens with gloves.
During focusing, the trunk of the lens runs forward but does not spin. During focusing, the entire lens block moves.
On the ring there is a scale with a focusing distance, but only in meters. There is a depth of field scale. The minimum focusing distance is only 28 centimeters, and the maximum magnification ratio is approximately 1: 6, which is very good for this kind of lens.
The TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 has a slight 'Focus Breathing' effect (changing the angle of view while focusing). When focusing towards the MDF, the angle of view decreases.
Focus Shift (change in focusing distance due to aperture) is missing.
Have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) for fast and accurate focusing in all temperature conditions
Focus picking with TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 and Sony a3500 works well at F / 1.4.
As expected, the old 'Planar' type optical design does not allow the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 to get good sharpness in the center of the frame at F / 1.4. Nevertheless, there is nothing catastrophic at F / 1.4, and for many photo tasks, sharpness at F / 1.4 will be quite enough. At the same time, the planar TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 gives its own picture. At covered apertures, the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 easily handles a 20 megapixel APS-C sensor Sony a3500.
- F / 1.4 lens is weak in terms of resolution
- the situation changes significantly with aperture cover up to F / 2.0
- there is a slight drop in sharpness towards the edges and corners of the frame, but even in the far corners of the frame at F / 1.4 the lens holds up much better than many similar lenses
- good contrast
- severe coma
- there is a small barrel-shaped distortion
- distortion is unified, easy to edit in the editor
- a strong vignetting on f / 1.4
- vignetting decreases with focus towards MDF. Most noticeable when focusing on infinity
- vignetting almost completely disappears at F / 4.0
- vignetting easily fixable in the editor
- there is a noticeable amount of chromatic aberration
- there is a noticeable frigging (the color of contrasting elements in the out-of-focus area is purple or green)
- on covered apertures it is difficult to achieve a beautiful effect of a 10-ray star
- from bright light sources you can get a lot of glare, while they can be of enormous size (example)
- bokeh interesting
- lemons (cat's eyes) in bokeh (example)
Important: At the time of writing this review, there was no TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 profile for popular RAW converters. You can create a profile yourself or wait for its release.
All photos in the review are shown without processing. Camera used Sony a3500. All photos are on-camera JPEG. Functions' Corr. ob .: Shading ',' Corr. ob .: Chrome. aberr. ' and 'Corr. Rev .: Distortion 'were disabled.
JPEG source pictures at this link (67 files, 400 MB). Original images in RAW format (.'ARW ') at this link (54 files, 1 GB). Sony a3500 I can’t shoot exclusively in RAW format, but only in RAW + JPEG or JPEG, because most of the pictures I took were made in JPEG.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is not a bad solution. During its announcement, I was sure that the old 7/6 Planar type scheme would not go far, but apparently TTArtisan tried and squeezed everything they could from this scheme. Despite some optical weaknesses, the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is an interesting creative lens. Attempts to guess whether it is Planar or Sonnar can be viewed here, here и here.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 at f / 1.4-f / 2.8 is many times better than similar 7Artisans 35mm F / 1.2.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 - a manual alternative to the native Sony E 35 / 1.8 OSS, as well as an alternative for many autofocus counterparts, such as Sigma C 30 / 1.4, Viltrox 33 / 1.4 и Tokina 33 / 1.4... First of all, TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 serves for creative, artistic photo tasks, and can also be used for portraits. The creative potential of the TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 is great.
Focus-picking at 1.4 is easy to navigate and much easier, for example, than with a lens 7Artisans 55 / 1.4.
I can safely recommend it to anyone looking to get an inexpensive, fast, versatile lens for their mirrorless crop camera.
Similar manual focus lenses and similar aperture for mirrorless crop cameras with APS-C sensor, there are already quite a few. Alternatively, I would point out the following options:
- 7Artisans 35 / 1.2
- 7Artisans II 35 / 1.2
- 7Artisans 35 / 0.95
- Zhongyi SpeedMaster 35 / 0.95
- Meike 35 / 1.4
- Meike 35 / 1.7
- Samyang 35 / 1.2
- Neewer 35 / 1.2
- Neewer 32 / 1.6
- Neewer 35 / 1.7
- Brightin Star 35 / 1.2
- Brightin Star 35 / 1.7
- Pergear 35 / 1.6
All Sony E-mount cameras with APS-C sensor
- NEX-3, NEX-C3, NEX-F3, NEX-3N
- NEX-5, NEX-5N, NEX-5R, NEX-5T
- NEX-6, NEX-7
- a3000, a3500
- a5000, a5100
- a6000, a6100, a6300, a6400, a6500, a6600
- Hasselblad lunar
All Sony E lenses for APS-C
- 16mm f / 2.8
- 20mm f / 2.8 (black / silver)
- 24mm f / 1.8 ZEISS ZA
- 30mm f / 3.5 Macro
- 35mm f / 1.8 U.S.
- 50mm f / 1.8 U.S. (black / silver)
- 10-18mm f / 4 U.S.
- 16-50mm f / 3.5-5.6 PZ U.S. (black / silver)
- 16-55mm f / 2.8 G
- 16-70mm f / 4 U.S. ZEISS ZA
- 18-50mm f / 4-5.6
- 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6 U.S. (black / silver, Japan / Thailand)
- 18-105mm f / 4 G PZ U.S.
- 18-110mm f / 4 G PZ U.S.
- 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6 U.S.
- 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 U.S.
- 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 U.S. LE
- 18-200mm f / 3.5-6.3 PZ U.S.
- 55-210mm f / 4.5-6.3 U.S. (black / silver)
- 70-350mm f / 4.5–6.3 G U.S.
Third-party autofocus lenses for Sony E APS-C:
- Hasselblad E 3.5-5.6 / 18-55 OSS LF | Hasselblad E 3.5-6.3 / 18-200 OSS LF | Hasselblad E 2.8 / 16 LF
- Zeiss Touit 12 / 2.8 | Zeiss Touit 32 / 1.8 | Zeiss Touit 50 / 2.8 Macro
- Sigma C 16 / 1.4 | Sigma A 19 / 2.8 | Sigma EX 19 / 2.8 | Sigma C 30 / 1.4 | Sigma EX 30 / 2.8 | Sigma A 30 / 2.8 | Sigma C 56 / 1.4 | Sigma A 60 / 2.8
- Tamron 17-70 / 2.8 VC | Tamron 18-200 / 3.5-6.3 VC
- Viltrox 23 / 1.4 | Viltrox 33 / 1.4 | Viltrox 56 / 1.4
- Yongnuo 50 / 1.8
Many interesting manual solutions are provided by Chinese manufacturers and brands. 7Artisans, TTartisan, Meike, Neewer, PerGear, Kamlan, Brightin star, Mitakon Zhongyi, Venus laowa, Andoer, Kaxinda, Lightdow, Risespray other. Autofocus Speed Boosters are also interesting Viltrox Canon EF -> Sony E 0.71X и Metabones Canon EF -> Sony E 0.71X.
You can see by this link on my Youtube channel.
TTArtisan 35 / 1.4 has a good price / quality ratio. Optical has some problems, mechanical is good. For amateur photographers, it should be an excellent solution for a regular lens for every day.
10 main advantages
- low price tag (total about 70 dollars)
- maximum aperture F / 1.4 (very high aperture)
- convenient focal length for work on cameras with APS-C sensor (EGF about 50 mm)
- good build quality: the lens barrel is completely made of metal, including a metal bayonet mount and a metal front cover
- smooth focus ring, 135 degree ring travel
- very compact dimensions, filter diameter of only 39 mm
- ten aperture blades
- unusual design, there is a depth of field scale, a focusing distance scale and even a drawing of an optical scheme
- small minimum focusing distance, only 28 centimeters
- good sharpness in the center of the frame starting from F / 2.0
10 main disadvantages
- narrow metal focusing ring, rubbing your fingers with prolonged use
- no CPU pins to form the correct EXIF
- there is no F / 11 value on the aperture control ring (while F / 11 is on the DOF scale). The distance scale is marked only in meters
- DOF scale, stepped, inconvenient for use
- rare thread for 39 mm light filters
- A threaded (non-bayonet) hood must be used, no hood included
- the front cover without latches, must be screwed into the thread of the front light filter, which is rather inconvenient
- there is no lens profile for popular RAW converters, the lens is not 'hardwired' into modern cameras
- the very old optical scheme of the classic Planar 7/6 is taken as a basis
- optical flaws inherent in such lenses: perceptible vignetting at open apertures, slight distortion, noticeable coma, glare in backlight, low sharpness at f / 1.4
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