TTartisan launches another budget fast prime for crop sensors

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Super-affordable fast prime lenses by TTartisan just keep on coming, with the new release of the TTartisan 17mm f1/4 – a steal at just $118. Designed for crop-sensor mirrorless cameras, the lens will be available in Sony E, Canon EOS-M, Fuji X and Micro Four Thirds mounts.

Hot on the heals of the company's sub–$100 50mm f/1.2 lens (opens in new tab) released last month, and the $73 TTartisan 35mm f/1.4 (opens in new tab) last year, the TTartisan 17mm f/1.4 is another affordable fast manual prime lens option for your mirrorless system, this time at a wider angle. 

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On APS-C cameras the TTartisan 17mm f/1.4 would be the 35mm equivalent of a 27.2mm f/1.4 lens, the traditional wide-angle focal length for full-frame and film cameras. On Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds systems, however, the TTartisan 17mm f/1.4 would be the equivalent of a 34mm lens.

The only real rivals in this price bracket would be the Laowa 17mm for MFT mount (opens in new tab), the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 pancake or the Canon EOS-M 22mm f/2, but none of these lenses are as fast or as cheap as the TTartisan 17mm f/1.4.

Despite the low price, it seems that TTartisan hasn't cut corners on construction, with the lens featuring CNC machined full-metal body. It also has a compact design, measuring just 58mm (2.28in) long by 54mm (2.13in) wide and weighing just 247g (0.54lb), making it ideal for travel or street photography (opens in new tab).

The lens is constructed from nine elements in eight groups, has 10 aperture blades and a minimum focus distance of 0.2m (7.87in). It does have an unusual filter size of 40.5mm so screw-in filter options might be limited.

The TTartisan 17mm f/1.4 lens is available for pre-order on the TTartisan online store (opens in new tab) and is also available on Amazon UK (opens in new tab), Amazon US (opens in new tab) and Amazon CA (opens in new tab).

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Laurence McJannet

Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).