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TTArtisan releases 90mm f/1.25, an ideal Leica M-mount portrait lens

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The new TTArtisan 90mm f/1.25 lens for M-mount cameras is now available for pre-order, providing Leica M-mount full-frame camera owners with an ideal manual portrait lens.

The lens is designed for use on digital M-series cameras such as the Leica M10 and Leica M-E rangefinder mirrorless bodies, but is also compatible with older Leica M film cameras. This new piece of glass promises dreamy bokeh with its fast maximum f/1.25 aperture.

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The TTArtisan 90mm f/1.25 is quite a weighty lens at 1.01kg (35.63oz). To compensate for this, it incorporates a tripod mount in the lens body for steadier shot composition. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in seven groups, uses a 10-blade aperture diaphragm and has a minimum focusing distance of 1m (39.37in). It measures 97mm (3.82in) long and 82mm (3.23in) in diameter and has a front filter thread of 77mm.

The TTArtisan 90mm f/1.25 should be available for $770 with immediate dispatch from the TTArtisan online store from 14 May. No UK price has been announced yet.

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Chinese company TTArtisan also has five other lenses available for the Leica M-mount: the TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95, the TTArtisan 50mm f/1.4, the TTArtisan 35mm f/1.4, the TTArtisan 21mm f/1.5 and the TTArtisan 11mm f/2.8 Fisheye. 

Considering the hefty price of Leica digital cameras and lenses, these reasonably priced TTArtisan lenses are a great way to experiment with unusual pieces of glass without having to pay premium Leica prices. Even at $770, the TTArtisan 90mm f/1.25 costs looks extremely good value when you consider that Leica's slower Summilux-M 90mm f/1.5 ASPH would set you back $5,195 / £3,825!

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