TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
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TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro lens. Could be a great lens, but it failed me. Review with image samples

Lens Specs

Focal Length: 40mm (60mm FF equivalent)
Build: Metal
Weight: 395g with caps / 371g without caps
Aperture ring: Clicked
Blade Number: 11
Lens Construction: 8 elements in 7 groups
Aperture Range: f2.8 – f16
Minimum Focus distance: 17cm 
Filter tread: 52mm
Height: 76mm
Diameter: 62mm

Links

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Fujifilm XAmazon US / Amazon UK
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Sony EAmazon US / Amazon UK
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Canon MAmazon US / Amazon UK
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Nikon ZAmazon US / Amazon UK
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 M43Amazon US / Amazon UK
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Aliexpress

Quick look

The TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Macro lens with 1:1 magnification ratio. The lens is fully manual, no electronic contacts and therefore no EXIF information being passed to the camera. The look of this lens reminds me of old AF Sigma lenses.

Unusual choice of lens cap – screw on metal lens cap. Can be a bit tricky and fiddly to use, and I would replace it with a standard plastic cap, and this one can be used for lens filters with 52mm diameter.

Build quality

The lens made out of metal including lens mount. All build well and solid. Aperture ring is clicked in half of stops and they are soft and quiet. Focus ring is soft and smooth with throw about 220 degrees. The lens extends from 76mm to 121mm. Most of the extension happens after 1:2 magnification at this point length of the lens, approximately 94mm. It weights 395g with caps and about 371g without.

Usually I would prefer an internal focusing design, so the lens doesn’t extend while focusing, but macro lenses would be noticeably bigger this way. In case of this lens, I can use it normally and size is not a problem, and it gets noticeably bigger only shooting macro.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens

Handling

As this one is a macro lens, most of the focusing range is dedicated for close focus shooting, less than 1 meter, and for normal use it is a bit fiddly, but at this focus length I didn’t find this frustrating as this lens is not, so long in terms of focal length and quite often, shooting on the street, I would find myself to focus on infinity. Normally, this lens can focus past infinity.

Macro abilities are superb. Minimum focus distance is about 17cm and working distance at 1:1 magnifications is about 3cm. Keep in mind that is two different terms, as minimum focus distance is calculated from the sensor plane and working distance from the end of the lens.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens

It does loose light closer to 1:1 magnification, and it seems like it is quite common for macro lenses. So a decent light source is required for good macro images. Tripod is also quite desirable for macro in overall. As I’ve said, this is a fully manual lens and there is no image stabilization.

There is quite noticeable focus breathing, which is seems to be normal for macro lenses.

Issues

Unfortunately, my lens had a defect – it kept losing the ability to focus on infinity. That wasn’t convenient, but I still could use it as there was a temporary work-around – I had to twist the focus to the opposite macro side and back. After that, I could focus on infinity and past it, but the issue would re-appear pretty soon. That is seems to be factory defect, as I don’t think that any impact could cause this during the transportation, as it was well-packed and in the sturdy box.

After some light use I got another issue, more significant one – focus ring stuck! Therefore, I can’t focus, and the lens is no longer usable. Very unfortunate as I liked this lens.

Factory defects can happen, even with big brands, so if you choose to get this lens, which is otherwise is a really nice lens, make sure to check it on arrival and contact the seller in case of any issues.

I didn’t get any reply from TTArtisans yet, so I’m not sure how often they have this issue, but I’ve looked at review on YouTube and no one talking about it.

Sharpness

It produces very good sharpness at f2.8 center and corners, and gets even better stepped down. And of course there is light diffraction closed down.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Sharpness
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Center Sharpness
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Corner Sharpness

The corners are a bit soft at f2.8 but they are much better stepped down a bit.

Flare

The design of the lens helps against the flare, but in some occasions it can flare badly, usually shooting macro.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Top
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 Watch crown

Bokeh

The f2.8 can produce good enough background separation for mid-focus distance, and 11 aperture blades help to create nice bokeh bubbles.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f2.8
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f2.8

Chromatic Abberations

I haven’t noticed any chromatic abberations using this lens on my Fujifilm X-T20. Neither shooting street nor macro images.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens

Distortion

I don’t shoot charts and grids, but for real-world usage, I haven’t noticed any distortion.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens

Conclusion

Overall, very good quality, but be careful with direct light sources. Very affordable – for ~$99 that is a great offer. Can produce great 1:1 macro images as well as work as your every day lens for the street photography, for example.

I would gladly recommend it, but it failed me badly, and it no longer works. It’s likely just my copy, but here I’m talking about my experience, and unfortunately I can no longer recommend it.

Image Samples

All images without editing, exported from RAW.

TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f4 ISO200 1/125
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f11 ISO800 1/4
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f4-f5.6 ISO200 1/125
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f4-f5.6 ISO200 1/125
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f5.6 ISO200 1/50
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f4-f5.6 ISO500 1/250
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 1:1 Macro Lens
TTArtisans 40mm f2.8 @f8 ISO200 1/60

Video Review

The video review was uploaded before the focus ring got stuck, so I had a bit of a different opinion on this matter.

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