TTArtisan AF 27mm f/2.8 lens review

Not quite able to play with the best, but the TTArtisan 27mm lens is a worthy alternative pancake lens for those on a budget

TTArtisan AF 27mm lens
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Digital Camera World Verdict

This 27mm AF lens from TTArtisan will make you seriously question how much you really need to spend on a lens. As a day-to-day walking-around pancake lens, the TTArtisan AF 27mm is a good budget choice, while the image quality is a lot stronger in other lenses, for a significant saving, you are getting a solidly built lens, with fast and quiet autofocus, manual aperture ring, and a lens that looks good too. Some serious vignetting is concerning, but is able to be corrected easily in the edit if shooting RAW. If price is the concerning factor for you, then this lens is a great affordable option.


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    Great build quality

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    Fast quiet autofocus

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    Wide aperture

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    Good sharpness and contrast


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    Significant vignetting

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    Aperture ring is small and awkward to turn

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    No weather sealing

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    Firmware can only be updated via Windows PCs

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TTArtisan might not be a household name yet, but this Chinese company has been steadily building out its lens selection for the past several years. Originally focusing on Sony’s E-Mount (due to its popularity and openness), TTArtisan is now starting to build lenses for Fujifilm’s X-Mount and now Nikon’s Z-Mount too.

With its latest TTArtisan AF 27mm F2.8 lens there is no denying that it has been inspired quite a lot by the Fujifilm XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR lens. Fujifilm’s lens has been caught up in a lot of stock issues in recent times, so it is welcome that there is an alternative for anyone keen on the compact pancake lens form factor that can’t get their hands on the Fuji version. The APS-C lens is also available in Sony and Nikon mounts, which both have their own first-party pancake lenses, but none that quite match the TTArtisan so perfectly. I am testing the lens for Fujifilm, alongside the X-E4 and Fujifilm X-T5 cameras.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.