TTArtisan 25mm f2 – A Tiny Street Lens

TTArtisan focuses very much on portability and compactness and TTArtisan 25mm f2 is another product born from this idea.

TTArtisan 25mm f2

Before I begin, I thank TTArtisan for their tremendous support towards me. For readers out there, you can rest assured that I am and always give my honest opinions for their products and that’s including this lens.

TTArtisan 25mm f2
TTArtisan 25mm f2

Intro

At 38mm full-frame equivalent focal length, it reminds me of the point-and-shoot film camera back in those days. I remember it was just a fixed focal length and I think it was quite common back then before it goes wider and wider and wider…

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/100″ . ISO 250 . Classic Negative

It is not a common focal length by today’s standards and I believe this focal length is not every photographer’s first focal length in mind.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/100″ . ISO 400 . Classic Negative

Design & Build Quality

The design element of this TTArtisan 25mm f2 follows exactly the same as the TTArtisan 50mm f2. Modern, minimalistic, and sleek are probably the best words to describe this lens.

The aperture ring still comes with that enjoyable and satisfying clicky experience. As for the manual focus ring, it is still as smooth as the other TTArtisan lenses. Basically, you are assured that this lens’s quality is maintained at TTArtisan’s standard.

The lens cap is the screw-in type. It is up to individuals to love it or hate it. As for me, more like I have to get used to it.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f8 . 1/2000″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative

At 167.4 grams, the weight of this lens is really good to hold. Although it is not as light as the newly announced TTArtisan AF 27mm f2.8, it is still the lightest among their manual lens lineups.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f4 . 1/950″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative

There is one thing that I have never mentioned in all my manual lens reviews. In case you wonder, the lens does protrude a little when you rotate the focus ring to the Minimum Focus Distance (MFD).

It has a small filter size of 43mm. If you are looking for a hood to put it on, it is still able to find one online. Please note that no hood is included.

Image Quality

The image quality from this lens is surprisingly good and I meant it. Who would expect a lens that is so affordable yet has decent image quality? Typically we expect some will cut corners somehow.

Also, you will also observe some vignetting for wide-open shots. This is a common behavior for TTArtisan lenses and this applies to other third-party lenses too.

Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 1000 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

Focusing

From MFD to infinity, the focus throw is approximately 160°. In my view, this compact lens gives quite an ample amount of “distance” for more precise focusing.

Like most manual lenses, the result is might not at its sharpest at the infinity marking. Rotate slightly backward on the focus ring to get a better result.

Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 400 . Classic Chrome

Minimum Focus Distance (MFD)

This lens has an MFD of 25 cm which means it can do quite a close-up shot if you want to. You will also notice some softness when shooting at MFD wide-open. I think it is acceptable and pretty much-expected behavior.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/2700″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative
Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/2700″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative

Price Point

While I thought that the TTArtsian 50mm f2 is the cheapest lens, this 25mm has set a whole new record of 55 USD. Yes, this is how much this lens costs. It can go even lower with occasional promotion from TTArtisan.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/2500″ . ISO 160 . Nostalgic Negative
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/100″ . ISO 320 . Acros

Others

There are always pros and cons for all lenses. This lens is no exception. Well, it depends on how you see this negative thing. If you point the lens facing to a light source at a specific angle at f2, you will have a light-blooming effect. Some people love it, and some people don’t. As for me, I kind of love it as it gives an additional special character to the lens. The blooming effect will get reduced with a smaller aperture. But beyond the light-blooming effect, it can also introduce some unique flare. So please beware. Lens hood might be able to solve this problem. If you happened to own this lens and a compatible lens hood, please let me know if it does solve it.

Fuji X-E3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/60″ . ISO 2000 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 640 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 1000 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/90″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

Who is this for?

This is easily one of the most affordable and usable lenses to consider if you want to experience what it is like using a fully manual lens. The focal length of this lens is very easy to adapt to and is very suitable for genres like street, journalist, documentaries, landscapes, cityscapes, and even portraits.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/500″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative
Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/1400″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative

For photographers who want to let their older Fujifilm cameras have their “second life”, you can consider getting one too. It might spice up your love with the cameras again.

Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/3500″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative
Fuji X-Pro 3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/1600″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative

Conclusion

TTArtisan surprised me once again with this lens. At USD 55, this is the cheapest manual lens ever produced by TTArtisan yet. But they do not compromise on both build quality and image quality. In fact, I am surprised by how usable the images are at wide open and the build quality is as good as other TTArtisan lenses. This is easily a recommendation from me to a photographer wanting to experience manual lenses.

Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 640 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 25mm f2 @ 25mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 3200 . Classic Chrome

I love to see more of this compact lens series with an affordable price point in the near future. Please continue to give us some surprises.

Thank you for reading.

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1. All the shots taken here are shot by me.
2. Most of the shots are straight out of the camera with some shots edited via In-Camera Raw Processing.

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3 thoughts on “TTArtisan 25mm f2 – A Tiny Street Lens

  1. Would you prefer this lens over the 25mm F2? Both released around the same time. One is F2, another F2.8. One is manual, another is Autofocus. Which one has more fun factor? I cant make up my mind. I am looking for a very small compact lens for casual family outing.

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    1. Hi Clive, I suppose you are referring to 27mm f2.8. Over here, I will recommend 27mm f2.8 because I am sure you do not wish to miss many of the family moments. Hope my suggestion helps you in your decision.

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