Chinese Lens Maker Mitakon Enters the High Speed Manual Mirrorless Lens Market

by Karin Gottschalk1 Comment

At present it feels like all my Christmases have came at once. First was news of SLR Magic’s 10mm T2.1 Hyperprime Cine lens then hot on its heels came the announcement of Voigtlaender’s 10.5mm f/0.95 Nokton lens.

Two great new lenses on the much-neglected wide end of the Micro Four Thirds (MTF) lens line-up in rapid succession. And now we hear about Chinese lens maker Zyoptics – producing under the Mitakon brand – is about to come out with not one but two fast new manual MTF optics – the Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and the Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7.

According to the specifications both lenses will come in three different mounts for mirrorless cameras – MFT, Fuji X and Sony E.

The new Zhongyi Mitakons come in the traditional stills photography form factor for manual lenses, just like Voigtlaender’s MFT offerings, rather than the cine lens barrels that SLR Magic has been building some of its recent optics into.

But that simply means the possibility of transforming the 24mm f/1.7 and 42.5mm f/1.2 into cine-ready lenses via permanent modifications like those done by Duclos or via detachable aftermarket gearing modifications made of plastic and that are readily available on ebay.

Competition is a fine thing and leads to choice and innovation. Two competing MFT manual lens makers is great – one more is even better. And just as Voigtlaender and SLR Magic are doing already with line-ups of matched prime lenses from wide to long,

I very much hope that Zhong Yi Optics will soon expand its MFT-native offerings into wider and longer territory than 24mm and 42.5mm. A range of MFT lenses from 10mm through to 50mm would be terrific.

I note there is already a Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 with MFT mount as well as Sony E and Fuji X options.

Zhong Yi is certainly not a newcomer to quality manual lens deign and manufacturing – it currently makes five such lens designs and three optical lens adapters. Its products are priced very competitively indeed. The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Pro in Sony E mount is its costliest at $US899.00 and the rest of its product line is priced well below that.

Zhongyi Optics Announces Two New Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras in Photokina 2014

Via Press Release:

New 42.5mm f/1.2 & 24mm f/1.7 with Sony E / M43 / Fuji X mounts available in Photokina

Shenyang China, Sept 14, 2014 – Shenyang Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics), a leading Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses, has unveiled two fast prime lenses for mirrorless camera users.

The new Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 Lens features an incredibly fast aperture of f/1.2, making it ideally suited for low-light conditions shooting, greater control over selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery. Designed for the use with an APS-C-sized camera sensor, the lens gives a 35mm-equivalent focal length of nearly 64mm. Above features provide an excellent portrait shooting solution for mirrorless cameras users. The lens also houses with 7 elements in 9 groups of optical lenses to provide great deal of image clarity and color renderness.

The new Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Lens is a fast prime wide-angle lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 35mm, making it ideally suited for everyday shooting applications. The fast f/1.7 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also avails greater control over the focus position for shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. The 0.15m ultra close minimum focus distance benefit users in image composition. The lens incorporates 9 elements in 8 groups with ED lenses in order to minimize chromatic aberrations for greater clarity and color accuracy. The compact size (55mm x 61.5mm) and light-weight (246g) of the lens also make it perfect for mirrorless camera users.

Both of above lenses comes with Sony E, Micro four thirds and Fuji X mounts. It will be available for trial in the booth of ZY Optics in Photokina 2014. (Hall 5.1, booth K-049)

Pricing and Availability
Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 & Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 will be available in this winter at ZY optics authorized resellers and at the new official website (www.zyoptics.net/). Pre-order will start in the end of Sept in our official website. The recommended retail price of 42.5mm f/1.2 will be at USD 359 and 24mm f/1.7 will be at USD 289. Both lenses are priced at a highly affordable price to make these excellent lenses available for every mirrorless camera user.

About Us
Shenyang Zhongyi Optical and Electronic Company (ZY Optics) is a leading Chinese camera lens & adapters manufacturer. We currently manufacture and distribute lenses and lens turbo adapters under the brand name of ‘Mitakon’ & ‘Zhongyi’.

For more information about Shenyang Zhongyi Optical and Electronic Company Limited and our products information, visit www.zyoptics.net



Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2

Lens type                       Manual lens
Max Format size          APS-C
Focal length                  42.5 mm
Lens mount                   Sony E / M43 / Fuji X
Aperture
Maximum aperture     F1.2
Minimum aperture     F16.0
Aperture ring                Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements                        9
Groups                            7
Focus
Minimum focus            0.45 m
Distance scale               Yes
Physical
Weight                            310 g
Diameter                        60 mm
Length                            52.5 mm
Colour                            Black / Silver
Zoom method               Rotary
Filter thread                  49 mm

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm image 2

Zhongyi Mitakon 42.5mm image 1

Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 Lens

Lens type                    Manual lens
Max Format size       APS-C
Focal length               24 mm
Lens mount               Sony E / M43 / Fuji X
Aperture
Maximum aperture F1.7
Minimum aperture F22.0
Aperture ring            Yes
Number of diaphragm blades 12
Optics
Elements                    9
Groups                        8
Focus
Minimum focus        0.15 m
Distance scale           Yes
Physical
Weight                        246 g
Diameter                    61.5 mm
Length                        55 mm
Colour                        Black / Silver
Zoom method           Rotary
Filter thread              49 mm

Zhongyi Mitakon 24mm image 1

(cover photo credit: snap from zyoptics.net)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
Karin Gottschalk

Comments

  1. Very interested in the 24mm f/1.7 lens, but not overly excited about the location of the aperture ring on that one. Keep us posted on these lens, especially if you are able to get your hands on one for review.

    I will wait to see what the reviews have to say about it, but this lens may actually make me purchase the GH4, as an affordable and fast M43 lens in this range is what I am currently missing in my manual lens collection. Wish it was more in the 17mm range, but perhaps they have other M43 lenses in the works.

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