TTArtisan brings us a new tilt 50mm F1.4 lens with the ability to get creative in manipulating focus planes. Tilt lenses allow photographers to manipulate focus planes in order to create surreal effects and unique perspectives in their images. Miniature landscapes and subjects in partial focus are a couple of the effects we see, but the creative possibilities are only as limited as the imagination!
The new 50mm F1.4 tilt lens has been made for E and L mounts and is soon coming to the Fujifilm X mount. The lens, retailing at 199 USD, can be used both as a standard camera lens but also for tilt experimentation. When the lens is in the original position without the tilt or rotation engaged, it operates as a standard 50mm F1.4. It’s a two-in-one investment.
Two mechanisms comprise the focus manipulation abilities, the tilt and rotation. Tilt mechanism controls the left or right movements of the front part of the lens while the rotation mechanism allows the lens to be angled from 0 to 90 degrees. There are locks on the lens to make sure the lens doesn’t move by accident once in place.
Build design features a fully metal body and lens cap weighing in at 452g. Closest focusing distance is 0.5 meters. Aperture ranges from F1.4 to F16. Focus is manual only. For moving image makers, the lens is specifically optimized for video shooting by designing the focus and aperture rings to fit most focus followers similar to a cine lens.
Tilt mechanisms can affect the vignetting of the lens as seen here in TTArtisan’s illustration:
The lens manufacturer continues to produce interesting lenses for different camera mounts that are more affordable than many native camera manufacturer’s versions. A few of these releases 35mmc.com has reported on here. This release is more experimental in nature as tilt lenses are and leads me to wonder curiously what TTArtisan will make next.
To find more information about the TTArtisan 50mm F1.4 and where to purchase (Amazon, Shopify, Ali Express), check out their website link here.
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