Popular Chinese lens maker ZY Optics has just released a brand new super macro lens for full-frame cameras that boasts a wide magnification range alongside exceptionally long working distance.
The Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens provides up to 5x magnification thus eliminating the need to use any extension tubes to get super close to a subject from a distance. According to ZY Optics, the lens is also designed to have one of the longest working distances, especially when compared to other rivals.
The closest you can get, for instance, at 5x magnification is 3.93” (10cm) and 10.7” (27.2cm) at 1x magnification. The newcomer also has a near telecentric performance which is a big advantage when it comes to macro image stacking photography or industrial usage.
All in all, the new 1x-5x Super Macro lens incorporates 12 elements in 8 groups structure which deliver impressive resolution from corners to corners. Thanks to the APO design, the chromatic aberration is reduced to the minimum. Other than that, with its merely 1.65 lbs (750g) and 6.7cm long, this super macro lens is a perfect companion for both wildlife or indoor lab shooting.
Even though the lens enclosure is built of metal, the unit is relatively lightweight and compact in size which allows content creators to capture extremely fine subjects or patterns with different sizes. Of course, you can always achieve greater magnification by stacking extension tubes or bellows.
Keep in mind, though, that the lens can only be used in macro distances and can’t focus to infinity. If you want to use a filter, there’s a 58mm filter thread on the front.
Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Highlights
- Full-Frame Lens
- Available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts
- Focal Lenght – 85mm at 1x, 25mm at 5x
- Maximum aperture: F/2.8
- Super Low Chromatic Aberration
- Near telecentric performance
- Number of diaphragm blades: 9
- Optical elements: 12 in 8 groups
- Minimum working distance: 272mm (1x) – 100mm (5x)
- Weight: 750 g
- Length: 122mm
- Filter thread: 58mm
The Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens is already available for purchase in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, Fuji X mounts selling for $499. For more information and specs, head over to ZY Optics official website here.
[source: ZY Optics]