Chinese budget lens and adapter manufacturer ZY Optics officially announced their Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens with full frame coverage. The lens is going to be priced around $799 and available at B&H soon. The Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 will be available in Nikon F, Canon EF, and Sony E mount providing full frame coverage to cameras like the Sony A7s, and Canon 5D Mark III. Here’s a link to the current lenses and adapters from ZY Optics under the Mitakon brand at B&H. In addition to lenses, ZY Optics makes the Mitakon Lens turbo adapters for Canon EF to MFT offering a budget alternative to the much more expensive Metabones Speed Booster adapters, however there have been some reports that the optics inside the adapter may not offer the same performance as the Metabones counterpart.
Nonetheless, the Speedmaster f/1.2 from Mitakon covers Full frame, therefore can be used on almost any camera with interchangeable lenses in the aforementioned adapters or even on MFT mount cameras like the GH4 with the appropriate adapters. Featuring 9 elements in 6 groups and a fast aperture of f/1.2, this portrait lens should offer significantly improved performance over their previous lenses. At $799 its not screaming affordability, but at f1.2 and with improved optics pretty soon we’ll be able to see if our expectations will be matched.
From ZY Optics:
The Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 is a ultra-fast portrait lens that delivers unbelievable optical performance. A maximum aperture of f/1.2 makes it extremely convenient for shooting without flash in low light conditions. Designed for the use of full frame cameras, the large aperture also provides fine control over depth of field for fascinating portrait photography.
The truly circular aperture creates a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is critical for portraits. The lens incorporates 9 elements in 6 groups with 2 pieces of Extra-low Dispersion elements & 4 pieces of High Refractive Index elements. This helps reducing aberrations and maintain excellent sharpness even at f/1.2.
Manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially well-suited to video applications. The lens is built of metallic enclosure with additional protective processing, which gives extra durability and aesthetic.
Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 Speedmaster Technical Specifications:
|Angle of view
||9 elements in 6 groups (2pcs of Extra-low Disperson glasses & 4pcs High refractive index glasses)
|Min. Focus Distance
||Canon EF / Nikon F / Sony FE (Sony A & Pentax K mounts will be available later this year)