How Good Is This Extreme Medium Format Lens?

The TTArtisan 90mm f/1.25 is an extreme lens in both design and price, offering medium format users super-narrow depth of field at a rock-bottom price compared to other GFX and X mount lenses. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage. 

Coming to you from Christopher Frost, this detailed video review takes a look at the TTArtisan 90mm f/1.25 lens for Fujifilm GFX and Hasselblad X medium format cameras. At just $515, the 90mm f/1.25 is extremely affordable by medium format standards, making it a very intriguing option. However, Frost doesn't shy away from discussing the lens' limitations, including its manual focus challenges and less-than-ideal performance at wide apertures, especially when scrutinized on a 102-megapixel Fujifilm GFX100. The review meticulously assesses image quality, distortion, vignetting, and resistance to flaring, providing a balanced view of what to expect. Despite its imperfections, Frost suggests that the lens offers unique artistic opportunities, particularly for those not fixated on pixel-perfect sharpness. Certainly, you should not expect top-level performance out of such a cheap lens, but it certainly looks serviceable and quite fun, which, in tandem with its unique capabilities, make it worth a look. Check out the video above for Frost's full thoughts on the lens. 

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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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