Mitakon 50mm 0.95 VS Zeiss 55mm 1.8 – on a Sony A7

If you’re in for a 50mm lens for your full frame E-mount then there’s not many (adapter-less) choices you can make. At the moment it’s either the manual focus 50mm Mitakon or the autofocus 55mm Zeiss you can grab, which is…just sayin’…the best auto focus lens ever, says DxOmark.

So, how do they compare?

Front View - Mitakon 50mm 0.95 VS Zeiss 55mm 1.8 - on a Sony A7

Front View – Mitakon 50mm 0.95 VS Zeiss 55mm 1.8 – on a Sony A7

 

LOOK/FEEL

The Mitakon feels very well built. The focus and aperture ring are nicely crafted and it’s a really heavy lens!
The Zeiss is built quite differently. It is lighter and smaller but does not lack any built quality. They’ve used a very silky smooth metal to build it. It feels just great.

293g - Zeiss 55mm weight with plastic cap

293g – Zeiss 55mm weight with plastic cap

746g - Mitakon 50mm weight with plastic cap

746g – Mitakon 50mm weight with plastic cap

IMAGE QUALITY/SHARPNESS COMPARISON
MITAKON

Mitakon 50mm at f0.95

Mitakon 50mm at f0.95

Mitakon 50mm at f1.4

Mitakon 50mm at f1.4

Mitakon 50mm at f2

Mitakon 50mm at f2

Mitakon 50mm at f2.8

Mitakon 50mm at f2.8

Mitakon 50mm at f4

Mitakon 50mm at f4

Mitakon 50mm at f8

Mitakon 50mm at f8

 

ZEISS

Zeiss 55mm at f1.8

Zeiss 55mm at f1.8

Zeiss 55mm at f2.8

Zeiss 55mm at f2.8

Zeiss 55mm at f4

Zeiss 55mm at f4

Zeiss 55mm at f8

Zeiss 55mm at f8

MITAKON

Mitakon 50mm at f0.95

Mitakon 50mm at f0.95

Mitakon 50mm at f1.4

Mitakon 50mm at f1.4

Mitakon 50mm at f2

Mitakon 50mm at f2

Mitakon 50mm at f2.8

Mitakon 50mm at f2.8

Mitakon 50mm at f4

Mitakon 50mm at f4

Mitakon 50mm at f8

Mitakon 50mm at f8

ZEISS

Zeiss 55mm at f1.8

Zeiss 55mm at f1.8

Zeiss 55mm at f2

Zeiss 55mm at f2

Zeiss 55mm at f2.8

Zeiss 55mm at f2.8

Zeiss 55mm at f4

Zeiss 55mm at f4

Zeiss 55mm at f8

Zeiss 55mm at f8

CONCLUSION

The Zeiss is the way lighter, not as fast, option that has autofocus.
The Mitakon is the heavier but faster option, and is better than I thought in terms of image rendition, but has its flaws wide open.
After having made this quick comparison it gets clearer and clearer to me that even the Zeiss would certainly have the same “issues” than the Mitakon if it could open a little wider. Especially in terms of chromatic aberration.

 

 

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