Lens review

Mitakon Creator 35 mm f/2

6 March 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

  • solid but still compact casing,
  • good image quality in the frame centre,
  • acceptable image quality on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • proper correction of chromatic aberration,
  • not bothersome distortion,
  • moderate vignetting in the corners of the APS-C sensor,
  • nice appearance of blurry areas,
  • affordable price.


  • high coma in the corners of full frame,
  • huge vignetting on full frame,
  • very weak work against bright light,
  • weak image quality on the edge of full frame at the maximum relative aperture.

When you compare a cheap lens produced by an inexperienced Chinese manufacturer, just making a debut on the market, to rivals produced by such companies as Canon and Nikon which are, additionally, 2-3 times more expensive, you can expect the new lens being defeated soundly in almost all category. The Mitakon 2/35 surprised us nicely because it defied such an assumption. Of course it is not a leader but there were few categories in which he came out as the last one and/or lagged behind the rivals significantly. Only its performance against bright light should be assessed in very negative way, in other categories it performed really fine. Of course the Creator doesn’t have such a good resolution level in the frame centre as its competitors but on the edge of the frame it can rival successfully with them, sometimes even winning. Similar things can be said about its chromatic aberration performance (it was better than the Nikkor in correcting both types of that aberration) vignetting, (distinctly better than the bigger Canon) or astigmatism (noticeably better than the Nkkor). If you add to that a very solid, well-constructed casing, made completely of metal it is really hard to believe all of it comes with a price tag of 849 PLN.

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If the Creators 2/85 and 2.8/135 represent at least a level similar to the Mitakon, tested here, their producer might stay in the market for good. It is of course a piece of good news for all of us because nothing stimulates big companies better than active and successful rivals which are trying to carve a piece of the market share.