Mitakon Zhongyi 35mm F.095 Mark “II” Lens


By: Christopher Frost Photography

Originally published on Sep 30, 2016

So this is the first ever Mitakon lens I’ve tested, and also the fastest aperture lens I’ve ever reviewed. f/0.95!!! This is a very fun and useful piece of kit. But can its image quality keep up with its fantastically wide aperture?

A few important things to note. This lens is only for mirrorless cameras, and it covers APS-C sensors – so it’s ideal for Fuji X, Sony E, and Canon EOS M.

Also, most digital cameras have a quirk with the photo diodes in their sensors which mean they can’t really receive the amount of light provided by an f/0.95 lens – in terms of light gathering, most sensors won’t see any difference in a lens faster than f/1.1 – f/1.2. So any f/0.95 lens won’t quite give you the blazingly fast you might expect. HOWEVER, depth-of-field is NOT affected: so, this lens will give you the very narrow depth-of field you would expect at 0.95. So, in terms of focal length and depth-of-field, it’s the full-frame equivalent of a 52.5mm f/1.4 lens (on Canon EOS M, about 56mm f/1.5) – or thereabouts. But, you will get the kind of shutter speeds you’d see with an f/1.1-f/1.2 lens. Got that?

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