Shenyang China—Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) released an improved version of its first f/0.95 lens—the Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II. The new version features improved sharpness, better control of chromatic aberrations and a more compact size. The lens comes with a Fuji X/Sony E/EOS-M mount and is able to cover the image circle of APS-C-size sensors.
The Zhongyi Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 Mark II is an ultrafast prime lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of around 53mm in cameras with APS-size sensors. A maximum aperture of f/0.95 makes it convenient to shoot in low-light conditions without using flash.
The lens’s new optical design incorporates 11 elements in 8 groups. Its construction includes one extra-low dispersion element, two extra-high refractive index elements and three high refractive index elements. This structure is designed to effectively improve image resolution by 30% compared to the previous version, including controlling chromatic aberrations. Optimized lens coatings also help to suppress flare and ghosting. The lens also features a 9-blade aperture to produce bokeh.
Its manual focus design and a click-less, silent aperture ring promote smooth handling and are especially suited to video applications. The lens is built in a metallic enclosure with additional protective processes for durability.
The new Speedmaster 35mm f/0.95 is light and compact. The total weight was reduced to 8 ounces and it is 1.8 inches in length. $599. zyoptics.net