TTArtisan has announced its new full-frame 100mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Macro lens. As a manual focus lens, it’s available for a variety of mounts that wouldn’t otherwise be easily available. Of course, there’s the usual Sony E mount and Fuji X mount, but it’s also available for Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts.
Made up of 14 elements in 10 groups, the new lens provides 2x magnification for macro, as well as tilt-shift capabilities to adjust the plane of focus. The wide f/2.8 aperture diaphragm is made of 12 blades for smooth round bokeh and also sports a cold shoe attachment for putting lights close to your subjects.
TTArtisan 100mm f/2.8 2x Tilt-Shift Macro
The addition of tilt-shift capability to a macro lens provides a lot of extra options for macro shooters. Even with 100mm focal length, you’re still very close to subjects at macro distances, throwing off perspective. With macro lenses, you’re also so close to the subject that you get a very shallow depth of field. Both of these are common issues for macro photographers that can sometimes require tricky workarounds, such as focus stacking and image stitching.
Tilt-shift capabilities allow you to correct for perspective issues to make sure the image looks on-camera the way it looks to the eye. They also allow you to rotate the plane of focus so that it’s not parallel to the sensor. This allows you to shift the plane of focus for maximum coverage on your subject, minimising the need for focus stacking. This lens offers up to 8° of tilt ability as well as ±6mm.
And, of course, when you’re not using it for macro, it also lets you get a little bit creative. Being able to shift the plane of focus on a tilt-shift lens is how photographers make the real world look like it’s a tiny miniature model.
|Mount||Nikon Z, Canon RF, Sony E, Fuji X|
|Focus type||Manual focus|
|Min focus distance||~25cm|
|Optics||14 elements in 10 groups|