Manual Lens Review – Mitakon 50mm 0.95 Speedmaster on a Sony A7

Yesterday, my Mitakon 50mm 0.95 came in. I didn’t have much time, because life interfered with my plans and made me go to the movies with real friends and have an awesome evening…whhhhat?. But I really wanted to review it for you guys to help you decide whether or not this lens is worth your money.
2 things before it all starts:
– Sorry for the sensor dust on some test images 😀
– All images are, as always on my site, in full resolution.

Manual Lens Review - Mitakon 50mm 0.95 Speedmaster on a Sony A7

Mitakon 50mm 0.95 Speedmaster


HANDS ON

So yeah, I’m surely not as cool as Mr Steve Huff, as he’s got serial number 000001, but 000116 is not bad either. The first time I held it in my hands I was really surprised by the build quality. I’ve never touched such a well-built lens. (<- What a reference-less photographer would probably say).

It weighs 737 grams1.62 lbs.
Mounted on a Sony A7 that makes 1220 g = 2.68 lbs.

It is made in some metal with which Transformers are built from I think. Hence the quality.
The Focus ring is extremely smooth and buttery. Mine scratches a little at the close focusing distance but it’s not really bothersome. The aperture ring is just as well-made but has more resistance (probably for smooth aperture changes in videos).

There is nothing special to report in terms of smell. I think it smells a little of awesomeness, but I am not sure.

It has 9 aperture blades.

Lens markings

Lens markings

PERFORMANCE

Let’s get right to the performance, as this is all we G.A.S.y, nerdy, geeky, left-side-of-the-brain users want! GIVE US THOSE EXTREMELY SCIENTIFIC RESULTS, MAN! (Including some lovely sensor dust, yes).

APERTURE TESTS:

Aperture Test - f0.95 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f0.95 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f1.4 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f1.4 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f2 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f2 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f2.8 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f2.8 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f4 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f4 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f5.6 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f5.6 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f8 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f8 – Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test - f16 - Mitakon 50mm

Aperture Test – f16 – Mitakon 50mm

Here are some more aperture tests:
Mitakon Aperture Test 01 – Yannick Ciancanelli
Mitakon Aperture Test 02 – Yannick Ciancanelli
Mitakon Aperture Test 03 – Yannick Ciancanelli


VIGNETTING TEST

Mitakon 50mm Vignetting Test – Yannick Ciancanelli

SHARPNESS

The lens is, as expected, rather soft wide-open. But I have to say that I find the result very pleasing and I must admit that it is my favorite aperture on the lens. The 0.95 resulting images are so milky silky smooth. It’s like an almost 100% bokeh picture. Yeah, it’s like…chocolate mousse! Mmmmh.

It gets, also as expected, sharper when you stop it down a bit.
1.4 is already pretty usable. 2 is sharper of course, 4 even more.

Toothpicks at f4

Toothpicks at f4


BOKEH

Worst case bokehs of this lens have already been reviewed by Steve Huff and Wim Arys. Worst case, for me, is foliage. I really hate foliage at times, and also in many other aspects of photography. So yeah Steve only showed frickin’ trees in the background and plants of whateverness.
I am not a bokeh peeper, so all I will tell you:
It’s, like mentioned above, chocolate mousse like. I really really love the bokeh. For me, bokeh is not just checking how round the bokeh kamehameha balls are when you got lights in a background, and it also isn’t how foliage goes around in ugly circles on almost every lens’ bokeh…but for me it’s all about the chocolate mousse’esness. And trust me, it has it. This lens’ bokeh is very pleasing.

Bike Driven By Bokeh f0.95

Bike Driven By Bokeh f0.95


3D POP

I must admit that I have (and know) no similar comparison to this lens.
Why? Well because I’m pretty new to photogrpahy (sarted in 2013) and did not use many lenses. BUT…to me it pops just well when I check out my test results.

LENS FLARE

I didn’t think I’d have to add this category in a review, until I shot into a sunset. This is by far the best lens flare I have ever seen.

Very pleasant and smooth lens flare

Very pleasant and smooth lens flare at 1.4

 

CHROMATIC ABERRATION

Some chromatic aberration is apparent on different apertures and in different lighting conditions. Yes it is there, but nothing that is not fixable in post. Check out the sample images and try to find it yourself, you peeper you…
Also, it strangely is such a smooth fringing that it doesn’t disturb me as much as on a 100-300 Panasonic let’s say. Which has certainly to do with the lens’ bokehliciousness.

f1.4

f1.4

REAL WORLD SAMPLE IMAGES

Chelsea Posing Behind the Luxembourg City History Museum

Chelsea Posing Behind the Luxembourg City History Museum

 

Flowers at f0.95

Flowers at f0.95

Very pleasant and smooth lens flare

Very pleasant and smooth lens flare

Portrait at f1.4

Portrait at f1.4

Tony and Chelsea Northrup

Tony and Chelsea Northrup

f0.95

f0.95

Tony and Chelsea Northrup

Tony and Chelsea Northrup

Alexia at f0.95

Alexia at f0.95

Landscape at f4

Landscape at f4

Stars in Flaxweiler - Luxembourg

Stars in Flaxweiler – Luxembourg

Some flower

Some flower

f2.8

f2.8

Low light sample. 1/60, ISO 100, f0.95

Low light sample. 1/60, ISO 100, f0.95

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