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TTArtisan 17mm f1.4: The Economical Ultra-wide Angle Lens

Due to my work and other personal commitment, this short lens review takes me quite a while to write and share. Here is the review:

I win the TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 over an online photography competition early this year. Coincidentally, this lens completes the uncostly quaternity lenses of my Fujifilm camera setup. Together with the TTArtisan 23mm f1.4, 35mm f1.4, and 50mm f1.2 lens, these 4 lenses give a basic setup that covers most focal lengths for landscape and streets.

Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 0.9″ . ISO 160 . Classic Negative
Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/6″ . ISO 3200 . Classic Negative
Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/10″ . ISO 640 . Classic Negative

Special thanks to Den Poh for lending me the X-T20 for being the model for the lens.

Disclaimer:
1. All the shots taken here are shot by me.
2. Some of the shots
 are straight out of the camera while others are edited via In-Camera Raw Processing and Adobe Lightroom Classic.
3. I reserve ownership of these images, if you wish to use my images, please notify me.
4. The opinions are based on my experience. If there is any mistake made, please kindly drop me a message and I will gladly make the amendment.

Fuji X-Pro1 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f5.6 . 1/2400″ . ISO 400 . Post-edited
Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/150″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

About this lens

By looking at the name of this lens, I am sure everyone should have noticed that this is an uncommon focal length for a prime lens. It sits right between the popular focal lengths from Fujifilm 16mm and 18mm. It seems to me that TTArtisan is trying to do away with the “common” focal lengths that Fujifilm has. This approach also gives the photographers more choices to look out for.

Fuji X-T20 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4

Based on the full-frame equivalent, the focal length is 25.5mm. On paper, it is wider than 28mm but slightly narrower than 24mm. In this case, we already know that what is the purpose of this lens. But does it make a huge difference with the 1.5m? Personally, I don’t think so.

TTArtisan 17mm f1.4

When I first hold this lens in my hand, I can feel the metal-constructed premium quality built similar to other TTArtisan lenses. It is small but slightly taller than its 35mm brother. Despite its small size, I can too feel some weight on this lens (248 grams). It has a relatively small filter size of 40.5mm. Not a common filter size if you are looking to give extra protection to the front lens element (which I do not think is necessary to do so) or doing planning to do creative works. But it is also not that difficult to look for one.

The aperture gives a nice and satisfying clicky feedback when I change the aperture value. The manual focus ring gives a comfortable rotation with a little friction to hold me back.

TTArtisan 17mm f1.4

Like all the TTArtisan lenses, this lens also does not come with a lens hood. Hence, lens flare can be an issue when you are shooting directly towards the sun. Unless lens flares are intended for your shots, try to avoid it or try getting a third-party lens hood to overcome the lens flare.

Image Quality

The image quality is decent and sharp. However, if you are shooting wide open, vignetting is considerably strong at the corners, but it is easy to post-process to remove it.

Left: Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f1.4 . 1/120″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Right: Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/80″ . ISO 2000 . Classic Chrome

For this lens, I prefer to use an aperture number from f2 onwards. It gives me an acceptable balance between image softness and image sharpness. At wide-open, it gives some sort of softness (or character) to the shot, and unfortunately, it is not my preferred kind of result.

Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/5800″ . ISO 320 . Post-edited
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f5.6 . 1/550″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

As usual, I do not have high expectations for the third-party lens’ bokeh performance. At f1.4, it gives the overall picture a softer, dreamy look. I believe there are some photographers who actually know how to appreciate this kind of result. I am still learning to appreciate this. the background blur falls off remarkably nice from the subject and it does not give a harsh background blur too.

Sunny star effects are formed easily from F5.6 and the results are more beautiful and sharper from F8 onwards. But on a side note, flares can noticeable too if the lens is facing directly at where the sun direction is.

Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f8 . 30″ . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f8 . 1/200″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

Minimum Object Distance (MOD)

The MOD is 20 cm and it is considerably close for a compact wide-angle lens like this. With this MOD, we can create different perspectives and creative shots that we cannot achieve with our common lens.

Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/100″ . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-Pro1 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f4 . 1/2900″ . ISO 800 . Post-editd
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/900″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

To give you some sensing on how close it is as compared to the Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 and 18mm f1.4, it has the same MOD as the XF18mm f1.4.

Manual Focusing

The smooth yet gentle friction experience on this manual focusing lens is as enjoyable as the rest of the TTArtisan lenses. I can’t find any reason to complain about it.

The focus throw from MOD to infinity is about 160°. Unlike some other lenses which take a huge throw to reach from one end to the other, the TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 is considered reasonable. I suppose there are some benefits for larger focus throw but I prefer a shorter one.

Who is this for?

This focal length is not my commonly used focal length for my shutter therapy. But I will bring this lens along with my other lenses. After all, it is compact and easy to place inside my camera bag.

Fuji X-E3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f5.6 . 1/280″ . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-R3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/60″ . ISO 640 . Classic Chrome

This lens is suitable for Landscape, architecture photographers, and probably astrography photographers who are on a limited budget and yet want a fast prime lens. I also tested this lens for portraits and I think it is a good lens to catch some environmental portraits with your loved ones.

Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/25″ . ISO 320 . Post-edited
Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/60″ . ISO 320 . Post-edited
Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/60″ . ISO 640 . Post-edited
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f5.6 . 1/2000″ . ISO 320 . Post-edited

If you are a photographer who wants to have experience shooting with a full manual lens, you are welcome to try this lens out but I will recommend TTArtisan 23mm f1.4 to start with.

Conclusion

TTArtisan is really good at striking a balance between the price and lens quality. I cannot find any player in the market that can compete with them without sacrificing either one of them. At USD118, I think the money is worth spending if you know what you can do with this lens.

Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f4 . 1/80″ . ISO 320 . Post-edited
Fuji X-T3 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f4 . 1/1600″ . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-S10 . TTArtisan 17mm f1.4 . @17mm . f2 . 1/30″ . ISO 1000 . Classic Chrome

This lens gives me a fun and enjoyable experience. If you are willing to accept the flaws in this piece of glass, you will enjoy what it can give you.

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X-PRO 1 – Can I still use it in 2022?

Since we are just a few months away from the year 2022, please allow me to jump into 2022 instead of 2021. First thing first, yes, you can still use it to shoot. A camera is a camera, it is still capable of doing what it is designed to do. What I cannot answer is whether it is still viable in the year 2022. I do not own the X-Pro1 but I managed to borrow it from a friend for about a month to have a total hands-on experience with this classic rangefinder every day. Why am I using X-Pro1? That’s because I come across friends asking me these questions many times:

Fuji X-Pro 1 . XF35mm F1.4

“I am on a budget and I am interested to start to learn photography, do you think X-Pro1 is worth getting it?”; or “Is X-Pro1 a usable camera as a second camera system?”.

Fuji X-Pro 1 . XF35mm F1.4

Unfortunately, I cannot share my opinion with my friends because I do not have one. Hence, I always recommend my friends to rent it from a camera rental store or borrow it from someone who has it for at least a week. And in this one week, he/she has to try to bring it with him/her and do some shoots every day. So that he/she can see what does this camera lacking for his/her shooting preferences.

But now, it is a whole new different story for me.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/850” . ISO 400 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f4 . 1/1250” . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 18mm F1.4 @18mm . f11 . 1/1800” . ISO 800 . Post-edited

Disclaimer:
1. All the shots taken here are shot by me.
2. Most of the shots 
are slightly edited in Lightroom Classic to my preferences. Otherwise, the shots are straight out of the camera.
3. The opinions are based on my experience. If there is any mistake, please kindly drop me a message and I will gladly make the amendment.
4. I reserve ownership of these images, if you wish to use my images, please notify me.

A little of my Fuji history

My first interchangeable mirrorless camera was the X-T2 and then now X-T3 and X-E3. I have never held an X-Pro1 and shoot the outside world with it. That is why I am lacking experience with the first mirrorless camera from Fujifilm. How is the experience using it in the outside world? I was always told that the first generation was slow and sometimes the focusing can let one person frustrated, and the list goes on. I think this is a good opportunity for me to experience the good and the bad about this classic guy.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 70-300mm F4-5.6 @206.5mm . f5 . 1/125” . ISO 640 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . TTArtisan 17mm F1.4 @17mm . f8 . 1/2900” . ISO 800 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 70-300mm F4-5.6 @70mm . f4 . 1/125” . ISO 800 . Post-edited

Before I start to share, I believe everyone is familiar with the X-Pro1. Thus, other than my experience, I will not share the technical specification.

Build Quality

When I hold this camera, the grip, the touch, and the weight of this camera give me a premium touch. I cannot believe this camera was made 10 years ago and the craftsmanship of this camera still looks amazing today. The dials and buttons feedbacks are great. I know some people do not like the ergonomic of the rangefinder-style camera but I quite like the ergonomic with it. Looking through the optical viewfinder is a joyful experience. It reminds me of the DSLR days but this experience is way better.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f2 . 1/125” . ISO 500 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f2 . 1/125” . ISO 640 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f4 . 1/1250” . ISO 1250 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f16 . 1/125” . ISO 1600 . Pro Neg Hi

Shooting Experience …

For the shooting experience, I think it is good to split into 3 segments, the first is with the first generation Fuji lens and the second is with the Fuji newer generation lenses.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f2.8 . 1/1900” . ISO 200 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/850” . ISO 200 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/90” . ISO 3200 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/450” . ISO 800 . Pro Neg Hi

i) With Classic Lens

I have one and only one classic lens and that is XF35mm F1.4. It is one of my most favourite lenses in my whole entire Fujifilm line-up. Needless to say, the combination of both XF35mm F1.4 and the X-Pro 1 is incredibly beautiful and it seems that they are a match made in heaven. From the moment I start to focus on an object, I finally know what do people meant by slow. The focusing really takes a longer time than the current newer Fuji cameras to lock onto the subject. There is some focus hunting. Sometimes I even encounter this during broad daylight, not to mention how bad it can be under challenging light conditions. Despite the worse, I still can bear with it and get the shot I want. Patience is the key.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/125” . ISO 800 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/125” . ISO 1000 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f2 . 1/125” . ISO 800 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/1000” . ISO 400 . Pro Neg Hi

ii) With Newer Lenses

I have tried with a few newer generation lenses such as XF18mm F1.4, XF23mm F2, XF27mm F2.8 WR, and XF70-300mm F4-5.6. To my surprise, they do not give the same slow focus experience like the XF35mm F1.4 does. But rather, in my opinion, they do give a faster focusing lock and less focus hunting.

Image Quality

I have nothing to gripe about when comes to image quality. Coming out from the X-Trans first-generation CMOS sensor, the result is really impressive. From 100% viewing with the Lightroom Classic, the details are well preserved. Another surprise for me is that the dynamic range is decent too, it is capable of recovering quite an amount of details with the post-processing.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/280” . ISO 800 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/55” . ISO 3200 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f2.8 . 1/200” . ISO 800 . Pro Neg Hi

The Drawbacks:

I have a few drawbacks to share but these are based on my own preference and it may not be a drawback for you in your preference.

i) Front Command Dial

What I miss the most is the Front Command Dial and X-Pro 1 do not come with it. I usually use it for changing my exposure compensation and scroll through photos, etc, which I had gotten used to with the newer camera bodies.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f8 . 1/320” . ISO 200 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 23mm F2 @23mm . f2 . 1/20” . ISO 3200 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 23mm F2 @23mm . f2 . 1/125” . ISO 1600 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f2.8 . 1/125” . ISO 320 . Pro Neg Hi

ii) Exposure Compensation Dial

In order to use the Front Command Dial, I set this exposure compensation dial to Custom (C). Unfortunately, this camera does not have the C in the dial.

iii) Using Fuji Remote App

Yes. This app gives me minor problems such as unstable network connectivity and file transfer connectivity. But it still comes in handy when I wish to transfer photos from camera to mobile phone and doing shooting via remote control. Since this camera does not come with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth module, that also means I need to go through the old-school way of file transferring.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f5.6 . 1/1600” . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f5.6 . 1/900” . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f5.6 . 1/480” . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 70-300mm F4-5.6 @300mm . f5.6 . 1/3200” . ISO 200 . Post-edited

iv) Focus Peaking

I test the focus peaking with TTArtisan 17mm F1.4 and the result is awesome. There is no complaint about the image quality. The problem that I have is that I am too relying on the “Red” or “Blue” as my focus peaking highlight whereas X-Pro1 only comes with “High” and “Low” options. While it is not something that is not difficult to use, it is just personal preference.

v) The Menu System

The menu system from this rangefinder is not difficult to use, however, the current menu system is way better. I did use the old menu system before with my X10 but I am so used to the current menu that I feel a bit lost to use the old one. Again, this is about adaptability.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f5.6 . 1/3200” . ISO 400 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 35mm F1.4 @35mm . f2 . 1/125” . ISO 2500 . Pro Neg Hi
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 23mm F2 @23mm . f2 . 1/320” . ISO 640 . Pro Neg Hi

vi) The Little Focus Stick

Some people hate it, some people love it and I belong to the latter. In fact, I use it more often than the 4 directional buttons, also known as selector buttons. Whenever I try to navigate the menu system, my thumb will unknowingly move to where the focus stick position is. Then I only realize that this camera does not equip with it when I try to push the “stick”.

vii) The In-Camera Raw Processing

The newer lineup of Fujifilm cameras comes with a good suite of film simulations and basic editing tools to do some simple post-processing or fine-tune your photos, so you can share them with your family and friends immediately.

I love to use this function, especially when I can make some fine adjustments inside the camera during commuting or between breaks. However, the raw processor included in this first generation is rather slow. But if you want to do some simple post-processing in the camera, you can still do it.

Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 70-300mm F4-5.6 @87.5mm . f5.6 . 1/800” . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 27mm F2.8 WR @27mm . f5.6 . 1/1100” . ISO 200 . Post-edited
Fuji X-Pro1 . Fuji 18mm F1.4 @18mm . f5.6 . 1/2400” . ISO 200 . Post-edited

Conclusion

It is a good camera with minor drawbacks. 16 megapixels (mp) is certainly enough for the magazine size print and more than enough for your social media sharing. I am totally fine with 16mp as I hardly crop my photos by a lot. So should I get one? Probably not the X-Pro 1. Don’t get me wrong. This camera is still capable of shooting amazing shots. Having said that, I might consider getting a used X-Pro2 instead of X-Pro 1. That is because X-Pro 2 at least eliminates my drawbacks. (Sorry for the disappointment.)

To answer both questions stated in my second paragraph. If you do not mind the drawbacks that I have mentioned, you can get one for your photography learning adventure or for a second camera system. I always prioritize great quality lenses first over the camera body. Hence, pick up one or two good primes lenses (or zoom lens if you prefer) together with this camera.

In My Own Words

The evolution of the technology in the camera industry has been improving from time to time. I always think of the longevity of the camera technologies one can optimize with. When I am purchasing a camera, I will weigh the cost and the longevity for myself. As this X-Pro1 is hitting its 10 years mark in 2022, this also means the technology inside its gut is 10 years old too. I’m not saying this camera cannot be used. But what I am suggesting is that if one person is to invest in a camera system, probably can consider cameras that launch in recent years. At least you can stop “chasing” after a newer camera when you get the more recent one. If brand new is not an option, you can also consider getting the pre-owned newer camera models at a better and affordable price point.

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Fuji X-Pro 1 . Fuji X100V

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TTArtisan 50mm F1.2 – The fastest lens from TTArtisan

Recently, I have written a short review on the TTArtisan 7.5mm F2 lens and I have had this TTArtisan 50mm F1.2 with me for about 6 months now. So I think it should be nice to share my opinion with this lens as well.

I am no stranger to a 50mm (75mm in 35mm equivalent) focal length. My second prime lens from Fujifilm is an XF50mm F2 lens and I have been using it for quite a long time. And I have also had some hands-on experience with the XF50mm F1 lens before. The reason why I bought this lens is because I am very interested in the usability of the fast aperture it offers with just USD 98.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2

Disclaimer:
1. All the shots taken here are shot by me.
2. Some of the shots
are slightly edited in Lightroom Classic to my preferences. Otherwise, the shots are straight out of the camera.
3. The opinions are based on my experience. If there is any mistake, please kindly drop me a message and I will gladly make the amendment.
4. I reserve ownership of these images, if you wish to use my images, please notify me.

TTartisan 50mm f1.2

About The Lens

The build quality is fantastic. Again it is TTArtisan quality standard for such a sturdy build. It is heavy (at 336 grams) for a manual lens like this and it seems to be common thing among the manual lens manufacturers. To give you some sensing about its weight. It is 68% heavier than Fuji 50mm F2 (200 grams), it is about 20.5% lighter than Fuji 56mm F1.2 (405 grams) and it is about 250% lighter than Fuji 50mm F1 (845 grams). Do you think the weight is acceptable for you?

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/60” . ISO 320 . Post-edited
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/200” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

The aperture ring rotates the opposite of the Fujifilm lenses. So take note of it when you are changing the aperture without looking at it. Apart from this, the aperture ring gives you a very satisfying clicky experience when you rotate it. Besides that, the manual focus ring also gives you nice rotating friction when you turning it. The full rotation from 0.5 meters to infinity focus is 180°.

Like most of the other TTartisan lenses, this lens does not come with any lens hood but it comes with screw-in lens caps. In my opinion, for a lens to be this cheap, they have to lower down the cost somewhere and this is where it is. By the way, this lens is not weather-resistant and I do not think it is necessary.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/160” . ISO 640 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/85” . ISO 1600 . Classic Chrome

Fortunately, this lens comes with a common filter size of 52mm, and if you need a lens hood for this lens, I think it is easy to source for a third-party one.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f16 . 1/1800” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f5.6 . 1/1400” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f1.2 . 1/320” . ISO 1250 . Classic Chrome

Image Quality

At aperture F1.2, it does give you a good shallow depth of field, soft-focus feel but it is also easily prone to a small amount of chromatic aberration. It has 10 diaphragm blades which allow a creamy and nice fall-off between the subject and the background. But I prefer how the results look at F2 because it gives a good balance of the overall sharpness and blur background.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f1.2 . 1/400” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/350” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f1.2 . 1/3500” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/1250” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

Minimum Focus Distance

The Minimum Focus Distance (MFD) is 0.5 m, which in my opinion is not the closest I have experienced with for this focal length. In comparison, it is better than XF50mm F1 (MFD at 0.7 m) but not as good as XF50mm F2 (MFD at 0.39m). But does it really matter? It depends on individual usage, but nevertheless, it can separate the main subject with decent blur background.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f1.2 . 1/200” . ISO 500 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/80” . ISO 500 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2.8 . 1/30” . ISO 500 . Classic Chrome

Portrait Shoot

Like all other 50mm lenses, this lens is also suitable for portrait shoots. I have tried both outdoors and studio shoots and I have no complaints about using this lens on both shoots. The sharpness and the details are well-preserved.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/750” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome (lens flare on the bottom left)
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/1700” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/600” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

I cannot say I have 100% perfectly sharp focus on the models for all photos I have taken. I do have some missed focus shots which is probably a slight movement from the model or myself. Luckily, there is a focus peaking function in modern mirrorless systems which helps me reducing the focusing errors a lot.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f8 . 1/125” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f8 . 1/125” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome

Street Shoot

If you are the type of street photographer who wishes to stay at a certain distance away from the subject (i.e. not to distract the person or you are not comfortable shooting close to the person), this focal length is really suitable for you.

Furthermore, when you get used to manual focusing, using this lens for the street shoot is actually a fun experience.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/2500” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/1600” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/800” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f5.6 . 1/640” . ISO 320
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/750” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

Who is the for?

Before I give my suggestion, let me emphasize that this is not a lightweight manual lens. The weight of this lens is on par with most of the Fujifilm ultra-fast prime lenses (exclude XF35mm F1.4). But it is way cheaper than any of the Fujifilm ultra-fast prime lenses available on the market.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f5.6 . 1/90” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/75” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f8 . 1/750” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

If you are a photographer who is curious about the full manual lenses and wish to have the experience of using them, you can choose to buy this or the TTArtisan 35mm F1.4 (although the latter is much lighter and more portable).

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f8 . 1/950” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/4000” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome

If you are a photographer who needs an ultra-fast prime lens like this focal length for the casual shoot (not limited to any genres) but on a tight budget, you may consider getting this lens to be part of your arsenals.

If you are a photographer who needs it for a paid assignment, I probably will not recommend this. Unless you know what you are doing, and if it is a statics work like studio photography, then I think you can give it a try and having your autofocus lens(es) standby with you. If the paid assignment is covering an event such as a wedding, then you cannot have my recommendation and I believe you know why.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f5.6 . 1/4400” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/6400” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f4 . 1/80” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome

Conclusion

This is TTArtisan’s second released APS-C lens and it does wow me with everything it can offers. The image quality is decent but it does have some lens flare if you are facing the sunlight.

Yes. it has its flaws but the image coming out from this piece of glass is fantastic and hence this is already exceeded my expectation for a USD 98 lens. For this price range, I cannot find any other manufacturers which are as good as this modern manual lens is.

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f5.6 . 1/1900” . ISO 320 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2.8 . 1/160” . ISO 640 . Classic Chrome
Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f2 . 1/500” . ISO 640 . Classic Chrome

Fuji X-T3 . TTartisan 50mm F1.2 @50mm . f5.6 . 1/210” . ISO 160 . Classic Chrome

Thank you for reading.