Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Canon EF Mount Announced

July 21st, 2020
Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Canon EF Mount Announced

Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released another model of their Mitakon lenses. It’s a 50mm lens (again) with an impressive f/0.95 rating (again), but this time the lens is specifically designed for Canon EF mount. Meet the new ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 prime lens!

Mitakon 50mm

The new Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 lens. Image credit: ZY Optics

ZY Optics already has three Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 in their lineup, but these are designed to fit mirrorless cameras and therefore they come in either Canon RF, Nikon Z, or Sony E mount. This time around, the company’s engineering team has put together a Mitakon 50mm lens specifically for Canon EF mount. It’s still f/0.95 and it’s still a bokeh monster because of that.

ZY Optics Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Lens

The new model comes in a redesigned housing, so it’s not only the mount that has changed. Due to the large rear element, ZY Optics couldn’t make a Nikon version of it, it simply wouldn’t fit. So we’re stuck with a Canon EF version here.

Mitakon 50mm

New Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 EF (left) and the “old” model with an RF mount (right). Image credit: ZY Optics

With an impressive f/0.95 aperture you’re able to separate your subject from the background, and you can, in fact, let the background disappear completely in a sea of blurry colors. I don’t think that this is always a good idea to do (just because you can) but having a little extra legroom in lowlight conditions can’t hurt, right? The Mitakon 50mm covers full frame sensors and it is a fully manual lens, no autofocus will help you with the razor-thin f/0.95 depth of field here.

Mitakon 50mm

Image credit: ZY Optics

The aperture ring doesn’t look like it’s de-clicked and since this lens is primarily targeted at stills photographers, I think it just isn’t. But still, this is a fully manual lens and at least you have some rings to turn here. Namely the aforementioned aperture ring and, of course, a focus ring.

Technical Specifications

In terms of specifications, the list reads like this:

  • maximum aperture: f/0.95
  • minimum aperture: f/16
  • number of diaphragm blades: 11
  • optics: 12 elements in 6 groups (including 1x High Refractive Index  & 5x Ultra-low Dispersion lenses)
  • 82mm filter thread
  • angle of view: 45°
  • minimum focus distance: 0.65m (2.13″)
  • weight: 1.5 kg (3.3 lbs)
  • dimensions: Ф89 x 122 mm
Mitakon 50mm

image credit: ZY Optics

This new lens is quite heavy but that’s normal for such a high-speed lens, you simply need a lot of glass for a) achieving an f/0.95 aperture and b) be able to cover full frame sensors.

The ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 EF lens should be available very soon and it comes at a recommended retail price of $799 (before tax). The available versions for RF, Z, and E mounts are already a bit cheaper than that (check the links below).

Links: ZY Optics

What do you think? Is this a lens for your kit? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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GuestJuly 22nd, 2020

Hopefully, they’ll make a complete f/0.95 lenses set in EF month. Like a 24mm, 35mm, 85mm or 105mm in top of the 50mm.

Nick Wilcox-Brown
Nick Wilcox-Brown
GuestJuly 21st, 2020

Great product, but EF not RF mount, or better both?

Phil
Phil
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They already have an RF mount. The EF mount one is slightly bigger due to the flange distance being further back compared to mirrorless versions. They also have it in Z and E mount.

Phillip Haven Cook
Phillip Haven Cook
GuestJuly 21st, 2020

what’s that rag that’s attached to it?

Phil
Phil
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So, this got me thinking… this lens adapted to an E or RF mount… using a speed booster.

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