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Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Sony E-Mount

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Mitakon Zhongyi
Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Sony E-Mount
Key Features
  • Sony E-Mount Full-Frame Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/0.95 to f/16
  • Four Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • One Ultra High Refraction Element
Characterized by an exceedingly fast maximum aperture, Mitakon's Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens is a manual focus prime lens developed for Sony E-Mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The optical design incorporates four extra-low dispersion elements and one ultra high refraction element to minimize chromatic aberrations and contribute to notable sharpness and performance, even when working wide open. The combination of a sophisticated lens construction with a bright f/0.95 maximum aperture make this lens ideally suited for working in low-light and difficult lighting conditions.
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Mitakon Zhongyi 50mm f/0.95 Overview

Characterized by an exceedingly fast maximum aperture, Mitakon's Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens is a manual focus prime lens developed for Sony E-Mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The optical design incorporates four extra-low dispersion elements and one ultra high refraction element to minimize chromatic aberrations and contribute to notable sharpness and performance, even when working wide open. The combination of a sophisticated lens construction with a bright f/0.95 maximum aperture make this lens ideally suited for working in low-light and difficult lighting conditions.

The lens barrel has also been refined to benefit video shooters, and features stepless aperture control and a near-silent focusing mechanism in order to not impede with audio recording.

Exceptionally fast 50mm lens features an f/0.95 maximum aperture for selective focus control and working in low-light conditions.
Four extra-low dispersion elements and one ultra high refraction element work to minimize chromatic aberrations and also help to render notable sharpness and image clarity.
Manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially well-suited to video applications.
A nine-bladed aperture contributes to an aesthetic out-of-focus quality.
Both depth of field and distance scales are engraved on the lens to aid in zone focusing and pre-focusing techniques.
Sony E-Mount lens is compatible with full-frame sensors as well as APS-C sensors, where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 75mm.

Mitakon Zhongyi 50mm f/0.95 Specs

Lens MountSony E
Minimum Focus Distance1.64' / 50 cm
Optical Design10 Elements in 7 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9
Dimensions (ø x L)2.7 x 3.43" / 68.5 x 87 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight3.2 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9 x 6.5 x 5.1"

Mitakon Zhongyi 50mm f/0.95 Reviews

The best 50mm art lens for the Sony system

By Richard
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-10-08

Love the way this lens renders photos. Can catch any low light situation with the Sony full frame sensor. Truly a beautiful lens. Phillip Reeve's website has the best review for this lens that will make you want to go out and buy it and the review is spot on. https://phillipreeve.net/blog/review-zhong-yi-mitakon-50mm-0-95-dark-knight/

A very interesting lens

By Tianming
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-15

It's quite a unique and interesting lens. A budget Noctilux. The f/0.95 aperture gives it a unique rendering. It's decently sharp in the center even wide open. The build quality is solid. The casing is all metal, which makes the lens a bit heavy. Focusing and aperture rings are smooth, but a bit tighter than I prefer. If I could only have one 50mm, I would still go for Sony 55/1.8. On the other hand, I find this to be a great addition to 55/1.8.

Nine months later

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-17

Follow-up review from 2-7-2017. Still have it. Still shoot it. Still love it. This will stay attached until someone decides to put out a high-end 28mm with AF/MF lens with aperture ring and EXIF data... is that too much to ask? I'm talking to you Sony and Zeiss! Moving on... I've uploaded a shot that I took in complete darkness of the rain and some street lights outside the car window. Not a significant photo in any way but it will show you the level and type of bokeh it places on the background lights. The colors it is capable of rendering is very good. However, it is a little bit bias towards magenta. But not so much that you would notice without an A-B comparison with a different lens. IQ/Resolution: I still think that this lens performs best at f/2.8. It softens up like we all expect at 0.95. However, I've managed to take some great images at night at 0.95 and, at distance, it doesn't matter anyway. Even though the center is still just a touch soft wide open, I've found sharpness to be reasonable even at this point. Just know that when focusing on a close subject wide open, your focusing hand needs to be slow and steady to find the focal point. Move a millimeter fore/aft and you'll lose it. Bump the focus ring, you'll lose it. On the stopped down end of the range... sharp! Not Zeiss sharp, but sharp and perfectly useful even for wildlife/nature photos (if you even attempt such a thing with a 50). Construction: No loose pieces or parts. Everything works as it did when new. Final thoughts: An artistic, manual focus lens that will deliver results without the price tag of a GM lens. It is as bare-bones as it gets. But one of my favorite things is that the colors and markers match my A7RII! It looks like they were made for each other. Which is nice. Hey, to some this actually does matter. My initial review and those thoughts have not changed and I've done shoots with this lens on dark, rainy nights in the streets to the desert and mountains. An all-around good lens that holds up. If you are looking for tack-sharp modern style of imaging, get a different lens. Get a GM and call it a day (I can say that because I used the 24-70GM extensively). But if you want something more lively and intimate, this is your lens.

Warning!! this lens may change you!

By Nhut Quang Huy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-09-01

I shoot with this lens for 4 months straight now. I would say that the performance is very very well worth the money. when I set the aperture at 1.4, the bokeh is better than any 50mm 1.4 lens I have ever used. Now let's face it, we all looking at this lens because of it's speed shooting wide open. At night, it is a true speedmaster but be careful, shooting with this lens will cause disappointment when you go back and shoot with other lens at night since you have to crank up your ISO to achieve the same shots.

What I've been looking for.

By Jordan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-04-16

Alright, so. This lens gives super shallow depth of field. That's what I wanted - it delivered. #1 - Bokeh This is a unique lens. It's optically imperfect. It has chromatic aberration and colour fringing. It can be soft wide open to the effect of smoothing skin. Basically, it has character. And that's honestly what I was hoping for. Your shots will come out different. #2 - Character I prefer manual focusing and I use focus peaking and magnification to nail focus wide open at f/0.95. The solid metal lens is built well, and not that huge, and my copy is perfect so far. #3 - Build Definitely worth it for me. Enjoying it a lot. If you're addicted to bokeh, pick it up :)

Great addition

By Chris
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2018-01-07

I am enjoying this lens. It delivers a different aesthetic, beyond the typical angle of view that typically differentiates lenses. The images wide open and even stopped down are on the soft-ish side, but that's fine, you should not buy or use this for razor sharp images — you get it for the separation it provides, and overall it delivers a film-like feel to my eye. This is nice for portraits and I like that you can get a wider angle of view than say an 85 while still getting great selective focus. Would buy again.

Beautiful Bokeh - Amazing Lens

By Will Carey
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-12-11

I just purchased this lens and I use it on my Sony A7rii. I can only say that this lens creates BEAUTIFUL images! The shallow depth of field at f/0.95 creates creamy bokeh and is perfect for shooting at golden/blue hour with lights in the background. Tree branches render smoothly and nicely. It can be a bit hard to nail focus, but with the magnification and focus peaking of the sony alpha series it's a breeze. Not super sharp wide open, but that's not why you buy this lens. Would recommend for anybody looking to get a super soft look, I love this for portraits (especially with lights in the fore/background)! Insta: @willcareyovo

Would not focus on infinity

By Norman
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-30

What kind of quality control results in a lens that won't focus or even come close to focusing on infinity?

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