ARTRA LAB MOTUS 50MM F1.6 PAN TILT Review – The King Of Magic

Here is my Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 review! I was always curious to use a pan tilt-shift lens. So the opportunity arrived and I received this lens from Artra Lab to test it out and share my opinions.

Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 360 degree tilt shift lens

But even if I was curious I wasn’t pumped to do this, because I thought I would not like such a lens. Probably it’s just a toy lens, I will use it just for the review and then I’ll throw it in my lens drawer.

But boy, I was wrong! After using it, I fell in love with the lens, and I can’t imagine how I lived so much without a tilt-shift lens – because this lens is the KING of magic!

What is Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 Pan Tilt 360?

Artra Lab Motus has 14 aperture blades for creamy bokeh!

First, it is a 50mm full frame lens available for every mount:

  • Sony E full frame / APS-C mount
  • Fujifilm X mount
  • Nikon Z mount
  • Canon R mount

Next, it’s a lens that can pan and tilt in all directions – 360 degrees. This means, that you have full control over your plane of focus – over the depth of field. This will help you create, in camera amazing “WOW” optical effects!

The bike is just entering into the focus plane and all is nicely melted with Artra Lab 50mm f1.6 TILT SHIFT lens.

The name “motus” means “movement” in Latin. Yes, you can move the entire barrel of the lens 360 degrees and obtain all kinds of selective focus in your pictures.

Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 Pan Tilt 360 Sepcifications That Matters

Artra Lab Motus has an f/1.6 aperture opening and it’s a 50mm full-frame lens that works also on APS-C cameras.

  • Focal Lenght – 50mm
  • Max Aperture – f/22
  • Min Aperture – f/1.6
  • Filter Size – 43mm others 46mm
  • Stabilized – no
  • 35mm equivalent – 50mm on full frame / 75 mm APS-C
  • Angle of view – 46°
  • Internal focusing – no, it’s a manual focus lens
  • Maximum magnification – no data
  • Min Focus Distance – 0.5m
  • Lens structure – 6 elements in 5 groups
  • Aperture Blades – 14 pcs
  • Weight – 200 g Sony version / 222 gr other versions
  • Weather sealing – no
  • Product detail page click here.

Build Quality of Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6

The build quality is very good. I’m impressed with how sturdy is the build of the lens and at the same time how smooth is the aperture ring and the focusing ring.

Artra Lab Motus on Sony A7C

The lens is fully metal built – the lens mount is brass, and the body is aluminum.

The lens cap is also metal, with the printed logo “ATRA LAB”.

Handling of Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6

Depending on your camera sensor APS-C or full frame you’ll have a different field of view.

The lens size is small to medium. So it stays very well on any camera body.

The focusing ring is smooth and has some indicators that show the focusing distances.

The aperture and focusing rings have different indentations so you will know which one you use without looking.

The aperture operation is smooth, well built from f1.6 to f22 without aperture clicks – so a de-clicked aperture ring (which is great news for a lens like this – that videographers for sure will want to use)

Let’s see how this lens is handled on different camera bodies.

Handling Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on APS-C Bodies Like Fujifilm, Sony, Nikon, Canon

On an APS-c body Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 it will give you a 75mm field of view. Ideal for this kind of lens and effects. It’s still easy to be focused and to compose. Because if you want a selective focus, it will be very easy on any APS-C camera to see which part of your image is in focus.

Artralab Motus 50mm f1.6 on APS-C Sony A6400 – look how sharp it is!

Of course, you can use focus peaking, or punch-in zoom to acquire focus.

Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on Full Frame Bodies Like Sony, Nikon, Canon

The native field of view of this lens is 50mm in full frame terms. The lens pairs great with Sony A7C, A7CII, and other full-frame bodies like Nikon Z and Canon R.

On my Sony A7C full frame Artra Lab Motus was easy to focus and to handle. The image was clear and it was very easy for me to identify when I have the subject in focus without using focus peaking!

Why is that?

Because of tilt-shift, you’ll have a very shallow depth of field and it’s easy for you to see when the subject enters into the clear zone.

Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 Image Quality

I didn’t use this lens without tilting – of course! So my impressions are based on this.

The image quality is very good for the purpose of this lens. This is a fun lens, a painter lens, an artist lens by design.

It’s like a paintbrush that helps you make digital paintings in camera using optical effects.

It’s very sharp at f1.6 on full frame and also on APS-C.

I’m playing here with the tilt shift mechanism of the Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6

Depending on how you rotate the 360º tilt shift mechanism is possible to have some vignetting in corners on a full-frame sensor – this depends on you, how you set the lens.

I’ve observed some purple fringing in contrasty areas that can be easily corrected in post processing.

The lens flare is very well controlled – outstanding for a lens like this. In real-world use I’ve got flare just in 1 picture from 500 pictures plus!

So, for what this lens is – a fun paintbrush to make an outstanding fine art street photography portfolio, or fine art wedding photography and videography I would give the note 9 out of 10 for image quality!

Why? Because the lens is very sharp at f1.6 and it was very easily for me to nail focus in difficult situations.

The f1.6 sharpness is the cherry on top and it was need it for this lens to shine! Because you have a blurry background and foreground, so you need good details on your subject.

Conclusion

This is the lens to get if you want a true artist lens. We can call other lenses artistic lenses, or lenses with character, but this is designed like this because of the 360-degree tilt-shift mechanism.

This unique feature is helping you get an impossible combination of different planes focused and not in focus.

Some people may argue that you can get these effects using Photoshop. Probably yes, but I would never think looking at a simple picture how I would think with a lens like this in the real world.

Seeing before your eyes the desired result, being able to compose and adjust the effect, or just being surprised by the unexpected factors that can happen, will bring you a lot of joy, fun and revelations.

Also, the Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 is great to be used when you are bored with your photography, and you want something new.

Personally, I don’t have the chance to travel, so I’m taking pictures of my city day after day… this lens helped me enter another universe!

Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 is also great for videographers and wedding photographers for special effects and immortal photos!

SHORT PROs

  • very sharp at f1.6 on APS-C and Full Frame
  • 14 aperture blades for the most creamy bokeh and smooth out-of-focus areas
  • 360-degree tilt shift lens
  • de-clicked aperture (ideal for video and controlling the depth of field)
  • good focus ring
  • amazing flare control
  • good contrast and excellent image quality
  • very light and good build quality (fully metal)

SHORT CONs

  • purple fringing in some situation
  • I would have wanted a lock mechanism for normal use

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Sample Photos With Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6

Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 street photography, May 2024, Romania, Bucharest
Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 dreamy and airy scene.

An old lady is selling parsley at the corner of the streets – the blurry background and foreground are great for telling a story.
I didn’t get the focus perfect… but the image it’s dreamy with Artra Lab Motu 50mm f1.6 tilt shift lens
An old cross and a moment of peace with Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6
Shot at f1.6 Artra Lab MOTUS 50mm – I think the aperture was f/2.8
Atral Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on APS-C Sony A6400
Atral Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on APS-C Sony A6400
Atral Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on Full Frame Sony A7C
Atral Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on APS-C Sony A6400
Atral Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on Full Frame – city sun set
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full-frame Sony A7C a biker jumped in front of my composition making it even better!
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – sharp focus on the subjects
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – sharp focus on the subjects

Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – sharp focus on the subjects crossing the street
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – sharp focus on the subjects
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – sharp focus on the subject.
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – the focus is so perfect where it is (f1.6)
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – the tilt-shift works wonders!
Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame – yellow and sunset.
Timless joy with Artra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6
Night street photography with Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame at f1.6
Night street photography with Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame at f1.6
Night street photography with Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame at f1.6
Night street photography with Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame at f1.6
Night street photography with Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame at f1.6
Night street photography with Atra Lab Motus 50mm f1.6 on full frame at f1.6

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