Chinese lens designer and manufacturer Shenyang ZhongYi Optical and Electrical Company has launched a new 42.5mm f/1.2 lens that is capable of covering an APS-C imaging sensor. Priced $359, and available initially in the Micro Four Thirds mount, the Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 appears to be aimed squarely at competing with Panasonic’s Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 for its Lumix G bodies, which delivers a similar angle of view to an 85mm focal length on full frame cameras.

The manual focus and manual iris lens is constructed using nine elements arranged in seven groups and, like the Panasonic version, it has nine aperture blades. Apertures run from f/1.2 to f/16, and the minimum focus distance is 0.45m. The lens weighs 310g and measures 60mm in diameter and 52.5mm in length, and has a remarkably small filter thread of 49mm for the size of the maximum aperture.

The company says it will release the lens in the Fuji X and Sony E mounts at a later date. On an APS-C sensor the 42.5mm focal length will produce a similar angle of view as a 64mm lens would on a full frame camera. 

Expected to ship in October, the Micro Four Thirds version is available for pre-order. For more information on this lens visit ZY Optic’s product page.