Lens review

Mitakon Speedmaster 85 mm f/1.2

Mitakon Speedmaster 85 mm f/1.2
10 July 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

When it comes to contemporary full frame 85 mm lenses the Canon EF 85 mm f/1.2 USM II used to be the fastest device aperture-wise. Still an undoubted pleasure of owning that instrument cost you as much as over 7,000 PLN and its full properties could be enjoyed by only those who also had Canon reflex cameras.

In April 2015 that situation changed due to the fact that the Chinese Mitakon company presented a 1.2/85 lens, produced in two versions, with Canon and Nikon mounts. It is a very interesting piece of news. The Canon model had such a big rear element that the contacts had to be simply glued on it (and the users had to accept a higher vignetting level) because there was simply no free space left. When it comes to the narrower F Nikon mount there are even more problems; still somehow Mitakon faced that challenge without fear. What’s more, even though the 4,000 PLN you have to pay for the Speedmaster can hardly be called a small amount of money that lens remains almost two times cheaper than the Canon 1.2/85 which, after all, has been available on the market for almost ten years.

As soon as the first specimens of Mitakon were imported to Poland we decided to conduct a full test of that lens and check it thoroughly. We would like to thank the FoxFoto company for sending that lens to our editorial office very fast indeed.

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Mitakon Speedmaster 85 mm f/1.2 - Introduction

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