Mitakon Lens Maker Zhongyi Optics Releases Three Turbo Adapters for Legacy Canon FD, Minolta MD & M42 Lenses.

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Chinese lens and lens accessories manufacturer Shenyang Zhongyi Optics aka ZY Optics aka Zhongyi Optics, best known for its Mitakon fast all-metal-housing manual lenses, has released three turbo adapters for use in Micro Four Thirds cameras, under its Zhongyi brand name.

The M42-M43, Canon FD-M43 and Minolta MD-M43 optically-equipped turbo adapters can be used on M43/MFT hybrid and video cameras made by Blackmagic Design, Olympus and Panasonic.

M42, Canon FD and Minolta MD mount legacy lenses are especially popular amongst independent moviemakers and stills photographers given their affordability, high quality and sometimes expressively quirky optical character. Focus peaking and focus magnification on contemporary MFT cameras make using legacy lenses rather fun, in my experience, especially when shooting video.

The three new turbo adapters comprise four lens elements in 4 groups, with one extra-low dispersion (ED) element to reduce chromatic aberration. The adapter optics modify lens angle of view by a factor of 0.76, and lens maximum aperture gains by 1 stop.

By way of illustration, with the not-uncommon Canon FD 50mm f/1.8 SC lens often available at online sellers like KEH Camera, eBay or your local camera store, the focal length becomes 38mm and its effective maximum aperture would be f/1.3. The maximum aperture of the legendary Canon 85mm f/1.2 FD lens would become f/0.8 with a focal length of 63.75mm. Please correct me if I am wrong – arithmetic was never a strong point!

Other benefits of these new adapters include improved coatings, with consequent improvement in optical performance. The Zhongyi lens turbo adapters are non-electronic, in contrast with costlier brands such as Metabones with its Speed Boosters, but at a suggested retail price of USD $149, these three turbo boosters may be affordable enough for permanent mounting on more than one supported legacy lenses in your collection.

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Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) releases more conversions of the Zhongyi Lens Turbo Adapters (Ver II) for Micro Four Thirds cameras

Via Zhongyi Optics Press:

Shenyang China, Jan 12, 2016 – Shenyang Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics), a leading Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses and focal reducers, has provided additional options for Micro Four Thirds camera users by releasing three new Lens turbo adapters. The new adapters allows full frame lenses with M42 screw mount or Canon FD mount or Minolta MD mount to be used in Micro Four Thirds cameras with a wider angle of view and faster aperture. These new turbo adapters are compatible with cameras with Micro Four Thirds mount including the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) and work extremely well for video production.

Similar to the previous Zhongyi Lens Turbo (ver II), the new MFT turbo adapter features a structure of 4 lens elements in 4 groups, including 1 extra-low dispersion element which helps in reduce the chromatic aberrations on the image. The angle of view of the camera
lenses will be increased by 0.726x and the max. aperture will be improved by 1-stop.

Version II of the lens turbo adapter has a complete different optical design from version 1 and a much improved coating. The optical performance also upgrades tremendously.

Purchase can now be made via ZY Optics official website ( or authorized resellers. Suggested retail price is USD 149.

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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 our official website

(cover photo credit: snap from Zhongyi Optics)

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.
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