TTArtisan has just released the TTAritsan 40mm Macro f/2.8, compatible with Fujifilm X, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds cameras. The affordable fast prime has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 and 1:1 magnification.
The TTAritsan 40mm Macro f/2.8 is a small and lightweight lens with a full metal body, weighing only 371g and has a filter thread size of 52cm. If shooting with the Panasonic GX9 or the Fujifilm X-T4 you'll have a macro set up under 900g. Its compact design makes it perfect for carrying in your kit bag whether you shoot photos or video.
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It's made up of eight elements in seven groups and is built with eleven aperture blades to achieve smooth, rounded bokeh. It’s a manual focus lens with a clickable aperture ring that goes from f/2.8 to f/16. The aperture ring is said to be smooth and the clicks 'just enough to let you know you’ve changed the settings'. You’ll need to remember to set the in-camera settings to ‘shoot without lens’ or ‘release without lens’ before you can use it.
In order to reduce light flares, ghosting effects and chromatic aberrations, the lens has a multi-layer coating that the manufacturer says will ensure excellent image quality from corner to corner. It has a minimum focus distance of 17cm and offers a 1:1 life-size reproduction ratio. In full-frame terms, it would be equivalent to a 60mm lens on Fujifilm and Sony bodies or 80mm on Micro Four Thirds cameras.
At just $113.99 / £99.99 (approximately AU$157), this is by far the cheapest option for a 40mm macro lens for Fujifilm X mount, Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds. It is likely to be a welcome addition to anyone who wants to give macro photography a go but has a very tight budget.