The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens has now come to DSLRs with a new EF mount version

Jul 16, 2020

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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.

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens has now come to DSLRs with a new EF mount version

Jul 16, 2020

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 has released a Canon EF mount version of the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens. This isn’t just slapping a new mount onto their existing Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III for Nikon Z, Canon RF and Sony FE mounts, though. This is an entirely new lens designed specifically for Canon DSLRs.

According to the press release, ZY Optics says this is currently the world’s only f/0.95 lens designed specifically for full-frame DSLRs. Sure, there may be some old ones out there, but none of those are still in production and a lot of the new ones coming out are designed for mirrorless only. Oh, the price? Yeah, that’s going to be a mere $799.

The outward differences are quite striking between the new 50mm f/0.95 for EF (left) vs the existing 50mm f/0.95 for mirrorless (right)

While there are obvious differences in the exterior of the lens, there are also differences internally, too, with a completely new optical formula. The mirrorless version of the lens contains 10 elements in 7 groups while the EF version is comprised from 12 elements in 6 groups.

Focal length50mm
FormatFull Frame
MountCanon EF
Focus typeManual focus
Aperture RingYes
Max aperturef/0.95
Min aperturef/16
Min focus distance~65cm
Optics12 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view45°
Aperture blades11
Filter diameter82mm
Dimensions89 x 122mm
Weight~1.5kg

Samples supplied to us by ZY Optics using the lens show that it renders rather well. Being able to shoot full length portraits (even in landscape orientation!) with such a shallow depth of field is a nice ability to have, and usually limited to medium and large format.

The lens has an 11 blade aperture to help create that perfect nicely diffused spherical bokeh, with an 82mm filter thread to help minimise the risk of vignetting. IT has an all-metal housing for maximum durability with one High Refractive Index element and five Ultra-low Dispersion elements to minimise chromatic aberration.

Unfortunately, this lens won’t become available in a Nikon F mount version. ZY Optics says that this is impossible because the rear element is just too big for the F mount to handle. Which is a shame, because as soon as I saw the press release I was like “oooh!” and then I read a bit more and it became “awww!”. But still, if you’re a Canon shooter, have at it!

The ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 for Canon EF is available to buy now for $799 from the ZY Optics website.

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John Aldred

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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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One response to “The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens has now come to DSLRs with a new EF mount version”

  1. Stefanie Daniella Avatar
    Stefanie Daniella

    Canon S35 EOS C70 users using EF-EOSR 0.71X Focal-Reducer
    with EF Version 50mm F0.95
    get:
    FF FoV 50mm F0.67 Brightness!