Shen Yang, China—Zhong Yi Optics, a wide-aperture lens manufacturer, introduced an XCD-mount version of their Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 lens. The lens was originally made for the medium-format GFX camera system.
Zhong Yi says the Mitakon 65mm f/1.4 “is set to become the first f/1.4 fast option for Hasselblad’s X system, offering enhanced low-light capabilities as well as greater control over depth of field.”
With a medium-format coverage of 65mm, the manual-focus lens provides a 50mm field of view. In addition, its prolonged focus throw and metallic housing allow for precise control over focus accuracy in challenging shooting scenarios.
Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm F1.4 Key Features
The 65mm f/1.4 lens offers a natural perspective similar to that of the human eye. Its medium-format design and 50mm angle of view help the lens deliver an immersive experience.
What’s more, it is the first f/1.4 option for Hasselblad X system camera users in the native XCD mount. When used for portrait photography, the lens offers control over depth of field. Consequently, it creates a dreamy and isolated subject matter that’s set apart from a softly blurred background.
Zhong Yi Optics also says the lens produces the company’s trademark buttery smooth bokeh effect. This is achieved using nine circular aperture blades. They create a rounded bokeh effect around the light sources captured in the photograph. Additionally, the lens produces a softly blended background that resembles “butter” in its texture and appearance.
Furthermore, since the lens offers a high degree of control over depth of field, it is a tool for photographers who want to creatively manipulate their images.
It also delivers imaging performance across the entire frame, even when used at its widest aperture setting. That’s due to its 11-element, 7-group construction with two precisely arranged ultralow dispersion glass elements and two high-refraction index glass elements. As a result, the lens can capture images with sharp details and minimal field curvature, ensuring high resolution even along the edges of the frame.
Moreover, its aperture ring and focus ring incorporate precise scaling, discreetly embedded on a durable metal barrel. Additionally, a redesigned lens hood helps minimize undesirable effects like flare and ghosting.
The lens also provides a 2.3-foot minimum focus distance (0.25x). Finally, the new 65mm f/1.4 lens distinguishes itself from other XCD lenses with its internal focus design. This enables focus adjustments without any extension or retraction of the lens housing. This feature also permits the lens to support various camera accessories, such as filters and matte boxes.
The new Mitakon Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4 lens comes with a leather box. It has a suggested retail price of $599.