TTArtisan’s next affordable lens for E, X, Z, RF, and MFT is a wide-angle 10mm F2 option that reduces distortion through its two aspherical glass elements. The 105° field of view allows photographers to capture an ultra-wide scene creating an immersive perspective for the viewer.
The manual focus lens features a bright aperture that ranges from F2 to F16 making it helpful in low light situations. Two high refractive index and two aspherical elements keep distortion to a minimum. In full, the lens has thirteen elements in ten groups and the body is made of metal, adding to its quality feel. Vignetting will appear on full-frame sensors but this is easily sorted by turning the APS-C crop mode on.
TTArtisan has included a 72mm filter holder along with the lens cap which is a thoughtful touch making it easier to shoot long exposures or other subjects that require a particular filter.
With an 8-bladed aperture, the lens captures nicely defined starbursts. TTArtisan said the lens is ideal for astrophotography due to the rounder star shape the lens creates. However, with the ability to focus up to 0.25m, the lens is also great for shooting details of closer subjects.
The lens manufacturer has given us a range for the weight of 333-343g. With this and its straight barrel design, the 10mm F2 is compact and highly portable.
Two reviews have been published for the lens so far, one from Richard Wong on YouTube here and one from Martin at Phillip Reeve on his blog here. Richard and Martin both note that TTArtisan has sent them a copy of the lens but reviews are not further sponsored by the company. Check out both sources for the author’s thoughts on the lens and more sample images.
Martin from Phillip Reeve shares his thoughts on the lens:
“The coma issue fails this lens in the only application that requires sharpness wide open to the edges and corners, astrophotography. You can still use this lens for astrophotography, as it has good control over the worst type of coma, just put the most important part of the sky in the center of the frame. On the other hand, its price and sharpness, stopped down to f/8, together with its gorgeous sunstars, makes it one of the most (if not the most) affordable and best value for money ultra wide angle lenses available for APS-C.” – Martin at Phillip Reeve Blog
The lens is currently retailing at 159 USD (Pergear), making it an affordable option for getting an ultra-wide field of view. It also retails on Amazon but at the time of writing, the products were unavailable. Find more information about the lens on Pergear’s shop here.
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