f/0.95 for $218: How Good Is the TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95 Lens?

A 50mm lens with a very wide maximum aperture can tackle a wide variety of scenarios and needs ranging from portraiture to events coverage. Nonetheless, such lenses can easily run north of $2,000, which makes the $218 price tag on the TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95 lens particularly eye-catching. Can it offer much at that price point, though? This great video review takes a look at its image quality and price to answer that question. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this excellent video review takes a look at the TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95 lens. This particular lens is designed for APS-C sensors, but surprisingly, it covers almost all of a full frame sensor, making it desirable to even more photographers and filmmakers. Of course, to get to that very low price point, some compromises have to be made, so you should not expect world-class image quality, but that being said, the lens actually performs impressively well considering its cost, with features like a 10-blade diaphragm helping to improve its results. If you can handle the manual focus design (which is much easier to use with a modern mirrorless camera), it looks like a great value. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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