Mandler glass on steroids . . .

Almost every time I’ve praised a recent acqusition on these pages, I’ve ended up ditching it within a couple of weeks or a month. So let’s get this out of the way first: the TTartisan 90mm f/1.25 is not a perfect lens. It doesn’t like strong like anywhere in the hemisphere to the front of it. It is not at its best between MFD and about 2.5 meters, though still eminently decent. That said, maybe I can keep this one.

On the good side, its rendering of OOF backgrounds is as good as that of any lens I’ve ever used, and better than most. Or at least more to my liking. Even on subject matter at middle distances (e.g. a full-length portrait at 12 meters), it renders a smooth contextual background while sharply delineating the subject.

Colors so far are a lot like that late ’70’s-early ’80’s R glass that I like so much, the main difference being that this ain’t a forty-year-old lens. Taking the lens through the entire range of subjects I use for exploring the capabilities of fast primes, it reminded me a little bit of the 80mm Summilux-R, but with noticeably better wide-open contrast. Satisfied? Yes, I am.

And for the youtube “reviewers” who might be curious: no, I didn’t test it wide open against bright outdoor sunlight. You’re welcome to use your copy for that kind of shooting if it suits your purposes, though . . .

SL2/TTartisan 90mm f/1.25