Is This Ultra-Affordable Wide-Aperture Lens Any Good?

50mm lenses with wide maximum apertures are both versatile and popular, but such lenses can be quite expensive. That is why at $218, the TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95 is a super intriguing option. Does it hold up in usage, though? This great video review takes a look at its performance and image quality to answer that question. 

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this great video review takes a look at the TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95 lens. Though it is designed for APS-C sensors, as you will see, the lens actually covers pretty much an entire full frame sensor and does so impressively well, making it an even better value. Though it is a manual focus design, it is worth noting that as long as you are not shooting fast action, the focusing aids of modern mirrorless cameras make the process a lot easier. TTArtisan has included additional features to increase image quality, most notable being a 10-blade diaphragm for smoother bokeh. Of course, at $218, you should not expect razor-sharp images at f/0.95, but it looks like it is quite a serviceable performer and certainly a lot of fun to shoot with. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Abbott. 

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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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