TTArtisan 50mm f1.4 Tilt-Shift lens
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TTArtisan New Tilt 50mm 1.4 Lens Release

October 17, 2022

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.

ttartisan 50mm f.14 on S1 camera

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

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.

ttartisan 50mm f1.4 tilt details and mechanisms

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

ttartisan 50mm f1.4 tilt details and mechanisms

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

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.

ttartisan 50mm f1.4 details lens information and chart

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

ttartisan 50mm f1.4 details lens information and chart

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

ttartisan 50mm f1.4 aperture

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

Tilt mechanisms can affect the vignetting of the lens as seen here in TTArtisan’s illustration:

vignetting effect of the 50mm f1.4 tilt lens

Images courtesy of TTArtisan

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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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Ron Peters
    October 17, 2022 at 4:04 pm

    This is a tilt lens, it doesn’t do shift.

  • Reply
    Karl
    October 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Why are you calling it a Tilt/shift lens when uts clearly a Tilt only lens?
    There are Tilt Lenses, Shift Lenses Tilt shift lenses.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      October 17, 2022 at 4:08 pm

      Yep, I know. Editorial mishap. Fixed now

  • Reply
    Laurence Kesterson
    October 17, 2022 at 4:41 pm

    I wish they’d make that lens or similar in full frame.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      October 17, 2022 at 4:50 pm

      I’m pretty certain it is full frame – have you read different elsewhere?

  • Reply
    Huss
    October 17, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    So is this like a lensbaby lens?

  • Reply
    Richard
    October 19, 2022 at 8:07 am

    If you’ve got a mirrorless camera you can get an adapter to allow you to use vintage SLR lenses. Some of these allow you to tilt as well. I use my old Olympus OM 50mm f/1.8 lens on my M4/3 camera. The tilt adapter was about $20 on eBay, works great.

  • Reply
    Richard
    October 20, 2022 at 6:48 am

    If you’ve got a mirrorless camera you can get an adapter to allow you to use vintage SLR lenses. Some of these allow you to tilt as well. I use my old Olympus OM 50mm f/1.8 lens on my M4/3 camera. The tilt adapter was about $20 on eBay, works great.

    (I submitted this comment 24hrs ago but it seems to have got lost so trying again)

  • Reply
    BWF
    October 20, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    If this was tilt-shift, it would be great. I would pay a little more for that for sure. I’m not sure tilt on its own has a big application for me, unlike shift.

    I wonder though, how is this cheaper than the non-tilt version of the lens for mirrorless? (I know the M version has RF coupling and that’s a little more complicated)

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