ZY Optics completes its MFT cine lens lineup with the new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm T1.0 MFT Cine

Oct 19, 2022

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ZY Optics completes its MFT cine lens lineup with the new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm T1.0 MFT Cine

Oct 19, 2022

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 announced the newest in their T1 lens in their cinema lens lineup. The Mitakon 50mm T1.0 MFT Cine joins the 17mm, 25mm and 35mm T1.0 lenses announced last year to complete their Micro Four Thirds cine lens lineup. As with the other lenses in the range, the 50mm T1.0 is very low budget, coming in at only $399 and now you can buy a bundle containing all four lenses which includes a free protective case.

Offering a 25° field of view, equivalent to a 100mm lens on full-frame, the new lens offers similar characteristics and bokeh to the rest of Mitakon’s MFT Cine lineup, giving filmmakers consistency as they swap between them. It has a minimum focus distance of only 60cm and with that super bright T1 aperture, the 9-blade circular aperture presents very pleasing out-of-focus areas.

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ZY Optics says that the new lens, along with the rest of its siblings, are good for storytelling, narrative, wedding and interview shooting, with the extreme night shooting capabilities that only a lens this wide can really offer. They say it retains the colour, contrast and sharpness throughout the aperture range, even when a subject is backlit, to present a “charming cinematic look”.

The lens, naturally, is built into a cinema housing, with a unified front diameter and gear position between all four lenses in the lineup. This makes it easy to swap lenses without having to constantly readjust focus motors and matte boxes for a quicker on-set shooting workflow. Internal focusing also means that the lenses don’t change shape as they’re racked through their focus range and the whole series claims minimal focus breathing, allowing you to adjust focus without the composition significantly changing.

Focal length50mm
FormatMicro Four Thirds
MountMicro Four Thirds
Focus typeManual focus
Aperture RingYes
Max apertureT1.0
Min apertureT16.0
Min focus distance~60cm
Optics9 elements in 6 groups
Angle of view25°
Aperture blades9
Aperture throw60°
Focus throw165°
Filter diameter77mm
Dimensions80 x 102mm
Weight720g

The new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm T1.0 MFT Cine lens rounds the MFT cine lens lineup off quite nicely, offering a field of view range from a wide 65° to a telephoto 25°. It’s a set of lenses that, in theory, you should be able to easily swap between on-set with minimal fuss and wasted time, and the sample footage shown above looks quite impressive. As an MFT shooter, I think I might have to put these on my Christmas list!

The Mitakon 50mm T1.0 MFT Cine lens is available to buy now for $399 from the ZY Optics website on its own, or for $1,339 as a complete set of four lenses, including the 17mm, 25mm, 35mm and 50mm T1.0 MFT Cine lenses including a protective case to keep them in.

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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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