TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Leica M-mount review


TTArtisans (different from 7artisans) currently has three lenses for Leica M-mount and a new 50mm f/0.95 lens coming soon (check their website at www.ttartisan.com). TTArtisans lenses are sold at Amazon, eBay and AliExpress. Here is a quick hands-on review of the TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Leica M (price: $369) - as far as I know, the first fisheye lens designed for Leica M-mount:

  • Soft when wide open (as most Chinese M lenses)
  • Not rangefinder coupled
  • Manual focusing is not a problem since at f/4 everything between 1 meter and infinity is in focus
  • Nice box and presentation
  • All-metal body, solid-built lens, nice built, fit and finish
  • De-clicked aperture
  • Focusing scale in feet and meters
  • Not evenly spread aperture values on the aperture ring
  • No focusing tab, but the lens has a small metal notch on the focusing ring for easy focusing - very useful
  • Focusing and aperture rings are smooth but a little bit too tight for my taste (some like it that way), I have the feeling they will loosen in the future
  • No six-bit coding
  • Built-in lens hood
  • Excellent price/performance ratio ($369)
  • Closest focusing distance: 0.17m
  • Easy to touch the front element and leave greasy fingerprints 
  • Watch your horizon when composing - this is a fisheye lens
  • Barrel distortion is obviously very noticeable and that's the whole idea behind this lens - the closer is the object is to the lens, the bigger the distortion is
  • My biggest challenge when shooting this lens was keeping the perspective straight
  • Vignetting is minimal, almost non-existing
  • There is really no other similar lens on the market today
  • The lens comes with an external 11mm metal viewfinder (very helpful if you don't have live view, no frame lines in the viewfinder):


Lens flare is present when shooting against a strong light source:


TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, external viewfinder and box pictures:

Size comparison with other Leica M lenses:


Sample photos (JPG SOOC - straight out of a Leica M10 camera and resized without any post processing):

The full size sample photos can be found at flickr - shot with the Leica M10 (JPG SOOC - straight out of the camera, no correction or post-processing applied):

TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens technicals specifications:

TTArtisan11mmF2.8 for Leica M-mount
Color: Black
Compatible Camera Mount: for Leica M-mount
Focus Type: manual only
Item Dimensions: 78*67mm

Item Weight:

439g
Lens Type: fixed-non-zoom
Maximum Aperture: F2.8
Maximum Focal Length: 11mm
Minimum Aperture: F16
Minimum Focal Length: 11mm
Photo Filter Thread Size: /
Number of Diaphragm Blades: 7
Number of Elements: 11
Number of Groups: 7
Zoom Type: Fixed
Full Frame Available: Yes
Compatibility: for Leica M-M, M240, M3, M6, M7, M8, M9, M9p, M10

The box includes:

  • 1 TTArtisan11mm F2.8 Lens
  • 1 Front lens cap
  • 1 Rear lens cap
  • 1 Packing box
  • 1 User Manual


Additional pictures of the TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Leica M-mount:



TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens promo material:




The TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Leica M is currently in stock at:

Additional coverage of the lens can be found here:

More pictures of the new TTArtisans 11mm f/2.8 fisheye lens for Leica M

Three new TTArtisans lenses for Leica M-mount coming: 21mm f/1.5, 35mm f/1.4 and 11mm f/2.8

The bottom line is that if you want to use a native fisheye lens on Leica M cameras, this TTartians lens is the only option.

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