TTArtisan 7.5mm F2 Fisheye Review and Image Gallery
July 28th, 2021
My first experience with a fisheye was actually with another TTArtisans lens, in this case the TTArtisans 11mm F2.8 Fisheye I reviewed in 2020. Fisheye lenses are unique and far from traditional, as typically we are looking for minimal distortion while the fisheye effect is really all about distortion. That does provide a lot of creative opportunities, but it also means that a lot of traditional subjects don’t really work well with a fisheye lens. The TTArtisans 11mm F2.8 impressed me with a nice build, excellent price, and an optical performance that exceeded my expectations, and I gave it a positive review. That positive experience left me open to the idea of looking at TTArtisans new APS-C fisheye lens – the TTArtisans 7.5mm F2 Fisheye. While there are a lot of similarities between the two lenses, the new lens has a couple of extra features that I’ll detail in a moment. I enjoyed playing with the TTArtisans 7.5mm F2 on my Sony a6600 along with my Sony Alpha 1 in APS-C mode. I’ve tested the Sony E-mount version, but it is also available in Nikon Z (APS-C), Fujifilm X, Canon EF-M, Canon RF (APS-C mode), Leica L, and Micro 4/3rds. On most of these mounts the crop factor is 1.5, which gives an 11.25mm full frame equivalent angle of view, or 180°. On Canon EOS M, that is 12mm, while on M4/3 that becomes a 15mm angle of view.
One of the unique features of the 7.5mm is that it comes with threading at the rear of the lens along with a good quality ND1000 filter (my kit also had an ND64 filter in the box). The ND64 gives you 4 stops of reduced light, while the ND1000 gives a full ten stops of reduced light, allowing you to get some killer long exposure shots, like this one:
The good news is that the optical glass in the filters is good, and the results look great. The other unique feature is that you can screw out the middle portion of the lens cap to get the keyhole look with a mechanical vignette (a black circle). This also gives a unique creative look.
To me, the $150 USD price point of this lens makes a lot of sense. I doubt many photographers are interested in an expensive fisheye, as the types of photography you can do with one are limited. But this price point makes it easy to add the TTArtisan 7.5mm F2 Fisheye to your kit even if you don’t reach for it all that often. Check out my full video review below for all the details, or you can just check out the photos in the galleries below.
Thanks to TTArtisans for sending me a review copy of this lens. As always, this is a completely independent review.
Photos of the TTArtisan 7.5mm F2 Fisheye
Photos taken with the TTArtisan 7.5mm F2 Fisheye
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