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. :)
I have made a 60" x 40" print from the V3 with the standard zoom is 'better' than my ancient Nikon F2 with Tri-X pan, both in resolution and in grain structure. Digital is so much better even with a 1" sensor that most are not yet fully aware of, seeing is believing.
It's amazing how many people are dissing this wonderful camera, those who rant keep on ranting, those who love to shoot with the V1/V3 keep on shooting.
Sixpm: Instead of accepting the merit of each camera's unique design and character, people always compare to another and it's not that wise IMHO. I have used almost every camera that there is and still own enough to write this comment, I see that each camera (and lens) are synergies formed by each particular company's and designer's philosophy, this camera is intended for street, sports or action photograph and we should be viewed it as such.
Personally, having used the V3 and made prints to 60' x 40" (inches) have confirmed the print from this 'little' camera has the look and feel of the tradition film camera and when printed on the fibre material, one can hardly see any digital artefact (with all noise reduction switched off - from the untouched jpeg files).
I thought the V1 was good but the V3 is every way better in both handling and image quality (with film like grain noise) taken into account. I'm not a brand follower as to me all camera/lenses are just tools for me to express myself.
A camera is like a tool, any passionate craftsman would wish to learn as much from the tool in order to choose which tool is best to suit their needs, what's the big deal guys.
There are lots of angry birds here and everywhere... :)
To me this is an exercise to enrich my mind and it's up to anyone to interpret anyway one wishes.
Instead of accepting the merit of each camera's unique design and character, people always compare to another and it's not that wise IMHO. I have used almost every camera that there is and still own enough to write this comment, I see that each camera (and lens) are synergies formed by each particular company's and designer's philosophy, this camera is intended for street, sports or action photograph and we should be viewed it as such.
Sixpm: I have been using the V3 finder grip lens kit for the past three four weeks and not a day without it, I had the V1 for a couple of years and although the V1 is good, ergonomically it just cannot compared with the V3. I have made 60" x 40" prints which only to remind me of the film days with Tri-x pan on a old Nikon F2.
Too many people is judging the ability of this little camera on the price and I'm sure once you used this camera you'll not look back to any other cameras because the speed and ease of capture for street or sports photography. Of course, horses for courses if I were to shoot high quality interior, I would have used the D800E with fixed lenses but then again, I know I could have done the same by shooting multi stitch frames to achieve the same or better quality.
What I'm trying to say is this 'little' camera is 'that good'. Don't have to believe a word I said here, go and hire one out and find it out for yourself.
Anyone who has been shooting film will know what I'm talking about, the Nikon V1 and V3 with the noise reduction switched OFF will give a lovely grain effect much akin to film. Like I said, people who in the know 'knows' and I won't argue with anyone here. For anyone who question the validity of my evaluation, I have been in photography since I was 12 and have been a traditional fine art printer in London for 22 years, so I know what grain is.
Even the V1 can easily make 40" x 30" prints with film like feel and prints have been exhibited by paper manufacturer INNOVA's booths. All this means is if V1 or V3 can do this, then there is NO QUESTION that other large sensor can do BETTER but don't posses the same grain like quality unless adding artificial grain (i.e. DXO film pack) because the larger sensor quality is too good these days.
Also the FF 35mm with the likes of Sony A7R or D800E with a good lens can give a BETTER sharpness quality over the medium format Pentax D645.
I have been using the V3 finder grip lens kit for the past three four weeks and not a day without it, I had the V1 for a couple of years and although the V1 is good, ergonomically it just cannot compared with the V3. I have made 60" x 40" prints which only to remind me of the film days with Tri-x pan on a old Nikon F2.