ZY Optics Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens Released – Extended Working Distances

December 2nd, 2019 Jump to Comment Section
ZY Optics Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens Released - Extended Working Distances

ZY Optics announced a new Zhongyi Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro lens. It offers 1-5X magnification and extended working distances. The closest working distance at 5x magnification is 3.93” (10cm) and at 1x magnification it is 10.7” (27.2cm). This fully manual lens is made out of metal, covers full-frame sensors, and comes in a variety of lens mounts. It is available now for $499.

ZY Optics Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro lens. Background image credit: Richard Wong

ZY Optics (Zhong-Yi optics) is a Chinese company manufacturing affordable lenses under their brand Mitakon (Zhongyi). Their newly announced Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 lens brings 1-5X magnification macro feature with extended working distances. What are its features?

Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro Lens

ZY Optics Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro lens. Source: ZY Optics

Zhongyi Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro lens has a wide magnification range (from 1X to 5X) allowing users to capture subjects at different sizes. According to the company, the lens is also designed to have one of the longest working distance for any super macro lens. The closest working distance at 5x magnification is 3.93” (10cm) and at 1x magnification it is 10.7” (27.2cm). That means the object can be shot from a larger distance.

ZY Optics Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro lens. Source: ZY Optics

The extended working distance also implies lighting can get to the subjects easier. This new super macro lens also has a near telecentric performance which is a big advantage when it comes to macro image stacking photography or industrial usage.

Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro lens sample photo (stacked). Image credit: Gua Ge

The lens incorporates 12 elements in 8 groups structure. According to ZY Optics, chromatic aberration is controlled to a minimum (APO design). Greater magnification can also be achieved by stacking extension tubes. The lens can only be used in macro distances and cannot focus to infinity. The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.

Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro Lens – Key Specs

  • Focal length: 25mm (5X) – 85mm (1X)
  • Aperture: f/2.8-f/32
  • Camera mount type: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sony E, M43, Fuji X, EOS-M
  • Format compatibility: up to 35mm full-frame
  • Magnification: 1x – 5x
  • Minimum working distance: 272mm (1X)  – 100mm (5X)
  • Optical design: 12 elements in 8 groups
  • Diaphragm blades: 9
  • Autofocus: no
  • Filter thread: 58mm
  • Dimensions (DxL): Approx. 2.64 x 4.8″ (67 x 122 mm)
  • Weight (collar included): 1.65 lbs (750 g)
  • Comes with free tripod collar & LED light

Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 Super Macro lens sample photo. Image credit: Richard Wong

Price and Availability

Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 super macro lens is available now and the price has been set to $499.

What do you think about the new Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 macro lens? Do you use macro shots in your work? Which is your favorite macro lens? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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