Yesterday, we kicked off our 2019 gift guide with cameras. Today it’s time for the lenses. We had a think about some of our new favourites we’ve tried this year, some of the very cool new ones that have been released as well as a couple of classics that just always remain popular and useful.
Zhongyi Optics has released Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5x, a new super macro Lens for full frame cameras. It features a wide magnification range for photographing subjects at different sizes. It also offers a very long working distance, so you don’t scare away your subjects by getting too close.
Under the new ownership of OPC Optics, Meyer Optik Gorlitz has now confirmed what many have long suspected. The $3,000 Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 lens was indeed a just a copy of the now-discontinued $850 Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95. Despite the specs being identical, this is something that Meyer Optik had long denied.
The rumours about the cloning have been around since 2015. In a press release, Meyer Optik Gorlitz under the ownership of OPC optics has finally admitted the truth. And not only that, but the Somnium 85mm f/1.5 lens was also, apparently, a modified Russian lens.
The Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens was discontinued, but now it’s back. The full-frame lens is designed for mirrorless cameras and will be available in Nikon Z, Canon RF, and Sony E mount. The new and improved version is officially announced, promising improved performance and image quality compared to the old version.
In this, the second in our series of gift guides, we’re taking a look at lenses. After all, what good are cameras without them?
We’ve looked through some of our new favourites from the past year, as well as a couple of classics which consistently withstand the test of time.
Yesterday we reported that Mitakon/ZY Optics is developing the world’s fastest 135mm full frame lens, and today the company has revealed its specs and made the lens available for pre-order.
Owning the longest f/1.4 full frame lens will come at a cost, $2,999 to be precise, but it will automatically become a collectible item with just 100 of these lenses being produced.
Another expense will be the gym membership you’ll need in order to carry around the 3kg (6.6 lbs) lens.
Oh, and there’s a $500 non-refundable deposit.
When Sigma announced its 20mm f/1.4 Art lens a couple of days ago, among the excitement were calls for longer fast lenses as well.
While the release date is not yet known, ZY optics (aka Mitakon) is hard at work on its new 135mm f/1.4 Speedmaster full frame lens – the world’s fastest 135mm FF lens out there in today’s market.