Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f / 0.95 Lens Test

Getting to know the lens

New optics with aperture f / 0.95 does not appear every year and will certainly cause interest among photographers. Moreover, it is not always prohibitively expensive – there are also budget lenses with such aperture. We will talk about one of them.

Aperture f / 0.95

E-M5MarkII / NONE Settings: ISO 200, F0, 1/5000 s Download RAW

So, the Mitakon Speedmaster 25 / 0.95 is manufactured by the Chinese company ZY Optics, which since 1984 has been producing lenses using Japanese technology and manufacturing standards. The lens really does not look like what we used to call Chinese goods: a sturdy aluminum case with a black coating, smoothly rotating rings, no backlash. The lens is designed to work with cameras in Micro 4/3 format. We tested it with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. By the way, at the moment he is the fastest lens for this system. Given the relatively small size of the 4/3 format matrix, the shallow depth of field provided by the lens will obviously not be out of place.

Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f / 0.95

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Despite the complex optical design – 11 elements in 9 groups – the lens turned out to be light and compact: 230 grams with a diameter of 60 and a length of 55 millimeters. It does not violate the general concept of compactness of the Micro 4/3 system.

F / 4 aperture

E-M5MarkII / NONE Settings: ISO 200, F0, 1/160 s

With its size and design, it caused me a little nostalgia for the time when I was shooting with a Soviet rangefinder camera. Rings with engraved scales rotate smoothly, the diaphragm does not jump. There is no electronics in the lens, so the current aperture value is not recorded in EXIF. Only glass and metal. Perhaps the lens design lacks the sophistication inherent in luxury brands. But you understand: this is the most affordable lens in the world with a similar aperture.