First review of the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 super-fast standard lens now available online
First Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 Lens Review
Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds – Shot in 4K with the Panasonic GX8
From Mirrorlessons review:
In order to enjoy using a lens like this, you have to be willing to accept some compromises. In exchange for a very decent 0.95 aperture that delivers even at close range and good overall sharpness, you have to deal with issues such as flare, hot spots, chromatic aberration, and mild distortion.
Thankfully, a couple of these issues can easily be resolved in post production, but there are a few that you’ll either have to accept (a bokeh that can sometimes be nervous) or try to avoid (positioning yourself so flares don’t appear). While ZY Optics has vowed to improve the flare issue by the time the lens reaches mass production, I believe the more pressing issue is the dreaded “hot spot” which, unlike standard flares, appears in certain conditions even if you shade the lens with your hand.
Given that most 0.95 lenses cost at least $1000, you could easily call the Mitakon a “steal” at $399. But the fact that it is relatively more affordable than other 0.95 lenses doesn’t stop it from taking a large chunk out of your bank account.
The MFT lens is manual focus only and has an aperture ring that has click-less stops for video users. It has a very small and lightweight body (only 230gr) and features a maximum aperture of F0.95, a barrel diameter of 60mm/2.4in and uses 11 elements arranged in 9 groups. The minimum aperture setting is F16 and the iris is constructed with 11 blades.
Mitakon 25mm f/0.95 lens is compatible with Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds cameras and available for purchase on eBay for $399.