TTArtisan 100mm f/2.8 2x Tilt-Shift Macro announced for RF, Z, X and E mounts

May 16, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

TTArtisan 100mm f/2.8 2x Tilt-Shift Macro announced for RF, Z, X and E mounts

May 16, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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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.

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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.

Specs

Focal length100mm
FormatFull-Frame
MountNikon Z, Canon RF, Sony E, Fuji X
Focus typeManual focus
Max aperturef/2.8
Min aperturef/22
Min focus distance~25cm
Max magnification2x
Tilt Limit
Shift Limit±6mm
Optics14 elements in 10 groups
Aperture blades12
Filter diameter67mm
DimensionsUnspecified
Weight695-845g

Price and Availability

The TTArtisan 100mm f/2.8 2x Tilt-Shift Macro lens is available to buy now for $419 in Sony E, Canon RF, Nikon Z and Fuji X mount varieties.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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3 responses to “TTArtisan 100mm f/2.8 2x Tilt-Shift Macro announced for RF, Z, X and E mounts”

  1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
    Libby Sutherland

    If the optics perform, a nice tool for people who have to do the occasional jewelry shot. The price on this is great and I may get a Z mount just for fun.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      Yeah, I’ve been tempted to pick up a Z mount camera. I wish the APS-C Z bodies had sockets for wired remotes, though. :(

      1. Libby Sutherland Avatar
        Libby Sutherland

        Have you looked at the Z5? Best buy in full frame in my opinion. I would have to look for the pc terminal though. I never use flash for the Nikons. They are primarily outdoor cameras for me.