Mitakon announces 17mm, 24mm and 35mm T1.0 Cine lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Apr 19, 2021

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Mitakon announces 17mm, 24mm and 35mm T1.0 Cine lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Apr 19, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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ZY Optics, the company behind Mitakon lenses, has released a new range of T1.0 Speedmaster Cine lenses. All three of the lenses at focal lengths of 17mm, 25mm and 35mm are available for Micro Four Thirds. The 35mm is also available in Fujifilm X, Canon RF and Sony E mount as well. Of course, it can only fill the sensor on the two latter brands if it’s Super 35mm or APS-C.

The new lenses are essentially cinema housings for their 17mm f/0.95, 25mm f/0.95 and 35mm f/0.95 photography lenses, with the features one would expect from a cine lens, like a stepless silent geared aperture ring and a smooth geared focus ring with a longer throw and precise scale markings.

Mitakon Speedmaster Cine 17mm T1.0 – $449 (MFT)

Focal length17mm
FormatMicro Four Thirds
MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Aperture RingYes
Max apertureT1.0
Min apertureT16.0
Min focus distance~30cm
Optics12 elements in 9 groups
Angle of view65°
Aperture blades8
Aperture throw60°
Focus throw165°
Filter diameter77mm
Dimensions80 x 99mm
Weight597g

Mitakon Speedmaster Cine 25mm T1.0 – $449 (MFT)

Focal length25mm
FormatMicro Four Thirds
MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Aperture RingYes
Max apertureT1.0
Min apertureT16.0
Min focus distance~25cm
Optics11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view45°
Aperture blades9
Aperture throw60°
Focus throw165°
Filter diameter77mm
Dimensions80 x 99mm
Weight535g

Mitakon Speedmaster Cine 35mm T1.0 – $449 (MFT) / $599 (Canon RF, Sony E, Fuji X)

Focal length35mm
FormatMicro Four Thirds
MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Aperture RingYes
Max apertureT1.0
Min apertureT16.0
Min focus distance~35cm
Optics11 elements in 8 groups
Angle of view35°
Aperture blades9
Aperture throw60°
Focus throw165°
Filter diameter77mm
Dimensions80 x 99mm
Weight615g

All three lenses are the same physical size and all three utilise a 77mm front filter thread. The weights are a little different as are their aperture and focus throw ranges, but it should be an easy process to swap lenses without having to shift the position of a bunch of things to make things fit. Although, on a gimbal, you might need to adjust your rig slightly forwards or backwards to fix the balance.

The Mitakon Speedmaster Cine 17mm T1.0, 25mm T1.0 and 35mm T1.0 lenses are available to buy now for $449 each for Micro Four Thirds mount. And all three are available together as a “Combo Set” for $1,199, saving you around $150 if you want them all. The 35mm T1.0 for Fuji X, Canon RF and Sony E mount is $599. So far they only seem to be available through the ZY Optics store, but I expect they’ll show up at the usual places soon.

Note that while the Canon RF and Sony E lenses will physically fit onto full-frame bodies, they only offer an APS-C/Super 35mm coverage.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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