Littleted: Pretty cheap I'll give it a go before I buy the voighty
I first bought their FF 50mm f0.95 followed by 85mm f1.2, I now know how good Mitakon lenses are and I'm confident this lens will be as good as the others.
RichRMA: Even if the residual spherical aberration (which is the main problem with fast lenses) means the image is worse than Olympus's 25mm f/1.8 until stopped down to f/2.0 or (more likely, f/2.8), there could still be a use for fuzzy yet "fast" image capture.
From both of their full frame 50mm and 85mm I own, I doubt this lens is going to be anything less than the quality of any other m4/3 lenses, I am selling my Leica 50mm f1 noct because the Mitakon 50mm f0.95 is actually sharper and better closest focus distance, so there's no reason for me to keep the expensive Leica anymore.
Glen Barrington: You know that looks like a remarkably small lens for an f/0.95 max aperture, (though large-ish for an m43s prime). I'm old enough to remember that in the 1960's and 70s, an f/0.95 would have been big even for a "FF" 35 mm camera.
I wonder what technology is used to keep it reasonably small?
Both their 50mm and 85mm full frame lens are big and heavy, it's only logical to think because the lens only need to cover m4/3 sensor hence the smaller physical size.
Mitakon's announcement date are usually reliable, I expect this lens will ship out on time as I have experienced with both their 50mm f0.95 and 85mm f1.2 lenses.
JurijTurnsek: The sad part here is that Canon probably already has a 4K version completed in the lab, along with a integrated EVF version, only to be released as incremental updates next year and the year after that.
Now, if you like to support businesses that take advantage of you like that and charge a pretty penny for the smallest updates, go right ahead. But you are just confirming their sales strategy and don't give them incentive to change.
Yes, tell everyone in the world to stop supporting this insane system where we allow ourselves to be enslaved by our very creation.
I know for certain that if we all work free for the greater good then everything in our world would be free for all and no one needs to struggle to make ends meet or the need to moan on blogs like this.
Take a look at the latest DXO ONE (fixed lens) which need a phone to work priced at $599.00 and people are flogging to it and yet most people here complains about a camera with a huge zoom range, weather proof etc for a little more (street price will be lower than RRP for Canon cameras calculated)....really beats me how people's logic works.
I think weather sealing did it for me providing the quality is as good as the present 1" sensor, I don't mind having to pay for the add-on EVF as this is still small enough to go anywhere package. Spec may not be the latest but how many small package camera out there covers the focal length it offers plus weather sealing?
Dam it, it's looking more retro than ever! This reminds me of the film Fujica ST901.
bakhtyar kurdi: For anyone wants to buy these kind of totally manual focus lenses, I recommend to buy only Nikon version whatever camera you have, you can then buy a cheap $7.00 adapter to convert it to Canon , If you are using Sony E mount, probably you already have a Canon to Sony E mount adapter, this way you have the lens for 3 systems with $7.00 extra, and you are not loosing any function, also if you change your system you don't stuck with your lens, resale price also will be higher on the Nikon version than any other mount.
@ Sam, I'm referring to Mitakon 50mm f0.95 which is a beautiful lens, I have compared this lens to my other wide aperture lenses, Leica M 50mm f1.0 and Nikon 58mm Noct f1.2 and both resolution and bokeh is as good and hard to tell the difference between them. In fact the Mitakon is slightly sharper at wide open than the other two 'older' designs'.
Here's my mini test on these lenses on Facebook....https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152425771919667&set=pcb.713091992095749&type=1&theater
RichRMA: Amazingly inexpensive, if it's half-decent. A fun lens.
I have little doubt this lens be anything less than their 50mm f0.95 which I love since the day it arrived. I dare to say that the 50mm have replaced both the Leica 50mm f1.0 and Nikon 58mm f1.2 noct because the difference between them is hard to tell.
Old Baldy: I wonder how robust the MF focus ring mechanism is? The reason I got rid of the otherwise excellent Rokinon 35mm 1.4 MF lens was that its focus ring had too much "play" in it. When trying to focus the incredibly tight focus depth wide open, it was extremely difficult to find the exact focus point, because the ring had so much "give" when moving back and forth. Very frustrating.
The Voigtlanders and Canon FD L lenses are perfect in this regard, and I find the FD 85 1.2L very easy to focus.
It's these little things that tend to make or break a lens for me, despite how fantastic the optics may be....
Their 50mm f0.95 has very smooth and positive focusing mechanism that I associate closely to Leica's quality and feel and I'm confident Mitakon would use the same for this model.
JackM: And relatively cheap because it's made by communist slaves.
Aren't we all a slave of sorts under this unconscious and uncivilised 'capitalist system' where only to allow the minority few to win and to rule?
mediasorcerer: The focus peaking and focus magnification features will make focusing with this lens much easier if your cam has them. It really helps with wide open and man focus lenses.Its great they are making it native to fe mount too. Seems a bit pricey but if it performs well enough then its another great option for us.
Although I have a Nikon D800E, but this lens will be mainly to be used on my Sony A7 bodies as the focus magnification will make full use of the shallow depth of focus. The reason I go for the Nikon mount is that I can use this in conjunction with a Nikon to Leica and Voigtlander's Lecia to E mount close focus adaptor to get extra close focus when is needed while the FE mount won't allow this combination for extra closer focus.
Agree, as a happy owner of their 50mm f0.95, I have ordered this new lens in Nikon mount to use with my Sony A7's camera, the trick is to spend a little more on a good adaptor with better tolerance but for lenses of this type sharpness is NEVER the reason. That being said, I have compared their 50mmm f0.95 against the Nikon 58mm f1.2 Noct and Leica M 50mm f0.95 and the Mitakon is every bit is as good as the Nikon and the Leica, both in sharpness as well as bokeh quality.
Great article thank you. I've always said the money we paid for our cameras and lenses, we are actually buying a bargain at less than wholesale prices. Just look at the costs towards the plant, the machinery, the labour etc and lets not to forget the passion, the design and years of knowhow/knowledge are immeasurable IMHO.
Sixpm: Just received this lens yesterday, it's amazing money for what it can do, the only thing that bugs me is the amount of distortion that is not corrected. I've used the distortion correction program on the Sony A7II and this removed almost all of it, meaning distortion correction is required during processing in Photoshop.
All that said, the sharpness at full aperture is comparable to Nikon 60mm at f2.8 and f8. The bokeh however is much better than the Nikon at f2.8, it's creamy and can be used as a portrait lens. It will work with A7II as a full frame with small amount of vignette which some may like because it creates drama. It can focus right down to 2:1 with great sharpness when stop down from full aperture.
Overall a very capable lens for the money.
@ SteB. There is strong pin cushion distortion with this lens, so it's not suited for photos with lots of straight lines/edge.
@ Chaitanya S I'm a newby on blogs like this and don't know how to add photos here, sorry.
@KShape, I've been using this lens with Sony A7II and there is a small amount of vignette at the very extreme edge of frame.
fmian: From their website:'APS-C (Both Macro and Normal shooting)Full-frame (Macro shooting only)i.e. Slight vignetting will appear for Full-frame camera at normal shooting, while no impact for Macro shooing'
I was initially under the impression (after only seeing the first line quoted in another article) that the lens would not focus to infinity on full frame.With the note explaining the vignetting does this mean that there is a large variation of magnification when focus is changed from close to far?
It will focus from 2:1 all the way to infinity with F/F with this lens, but with vignette at extreme corners.
Just received this lens yesterday, it's amazing money for what it can do, the only thing that bugs me is the amount of distortion that is not corrected. I've used the distortion correction program on the Sony A7II and this removed almost all of it, meaning distortion correction is required during processing in Photoshop.
We photographer never had it so good and since change is the only constant, I welcome all 'new' ideas and we should allow ourselves to 'change' with time and technology... :)
ecm: So disappointing. As though bells and whistles will make up for spectacularly poor image quality. 76% is being charitable. And $900 for a fast 85mm equivalent? Please.
As it happens, I do make lots of 60" x 40" prints for fun and for my own study of camera/lens/sensor/quality. In fact, this has become my own standard for my own test, the first digital camera for this exercise is the Epson RD1 and even a 6mp can print up beautifully without any jaggies when done properly.
This is a free world and everyone is free to express whatever and same applies to those who rants with disagreement, it's ok for me too. :)