ZY Optics announces super bright Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds

Sep 16, 2020

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Sep 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 expanded their f/0.95 Micro Four Thirds lens lineup with the new Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 lens, offering a similar field of view to that of a standard 35mm lens on full-frame. This brings the Mitakon Speedmaster f/0.95 lens count for Micro Four Thirds up to two, adding to their existing 25mm f/0.95 lens.

It features 12 elements in 9 groups with a single extra-low dispersion element and four high refractive index elements to minimise chromatic aberration. ZY Optics says the lens delivers a “compelling sharpness across the frame, even at f0.95”.

Despite having such an extreme aperture, it’s a tiny lens, weighing in at only 461g – thanks to the small lens requirements of the Micro Four Third system. Physically, it measures only 65.4mm long and takes 58mm filters on the front end.

Focal length17mm
FormatMicro Four Thirds
MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Aperture RingYes
Max aperturef/0.95
Min aperturef/16
Min focus distance~30cm
Optics12 elements in 9 groups
Angle of view63°
Aperture blades8
Filter diameter58mm
Dimensions72.7 x 65.4mm
Weight~461kg

It focuses quite close at 30cm, which should allow you to get some pretty extreme depth of field – which you’ll see in the sample images below – and it has a stepless aperture ring, allowing you to dial in the bokeh to look exactly how you wish. And you can see how it looks in these sample images sent to us by ZY Optics.

Given the focal length, it also makes for a nice walkabout and street photography lens, whether shooting in the daytime or at night.

The ZY Optics Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds is available to buy now for $399 and has begun shipping.

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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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