A Review of the Impressively Affordable TTArtisan AF 35mm f/1.8

At just $149, the TTArtisan AF 35mm f/1.8 offers APS-C users a lot of versatility at an extremely affordable price, making it an intriguing option for a lot of users. This excellent 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 Arthur R, this great video review takes a look at the TTArtisan AF 35mm f/1.8 lens. Despite its very low price, the 35mm f/1.8 still comes with some nice features, includiong:

  • Stepper motor
  • Optical design: 10 elements in 8 groups
  • ED glass element
  • Eye recognition support
  • Interface for firmware upgrades
  • Full metal body
  • Comes with lens hood
  • Closest focus distance: 0.6 m
  • Diaphragm blades: 9

The lens's optical performance is generally commended by Arthur. It delivers sharp images with good color rendition, and its f/1.8 aperture offers pleasing bokeh. However, he points out some issues, including barrel distortion, chromatic aberration, and unique flare characteristics, which may not appeal to all photographers. The lens' autofocus, while improved from previous models, still faces challenges in certain situations, particularly in eye recognition and tracking performance. Despite these limitations, Arthur R suggests that the lens could be a valuable addition for photographers looking for a budget-friendly, autofocus lens. Check out the video above for the full rundown.

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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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