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Zhongyi Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 - Just arrived

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    After a lot of thought I bought a Zhongyi Mitakon 35mm f/0.95. I instantly fell in love with this superb piece of kit, the build quality far exceeds my expectations. I was itching to see how it performed so took a few snaps, hope I posted correctly.

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    Congrats on great tool purchase : ) Is it version 1 or 2 ?
     
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    Shadowside Good Glass is Forever...

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    Wow, the first window shot shows just how razor thin the focus point is! But, where it is in focus it looks very sharp, enjoy!
     
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    Yesterday I ordered one too. Loved what I saw on flickr of both the Zhongyi Mitakon 35mm 0.95 and the Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 but the Mitakon is more affordable.
     
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    Yes it's the latest MKII or assume it is. Its amazing to use a so called 'manual focus' lens on a state of the art Fujifilm X ProII. I was not sure the combination would work smoothly but it works a treat. Great to have pure focus control with the luxury of digital images. The shallow focus takes me breath away, it's fantastic.
     
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    I hear it's the equivalent of a 50mm 1.4 on a full frame. Is that about right? I mean, that DOF really looks shallow!
     
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    I have the 50mm 1.4 but think its closer in depth of focus to the 56mm 1.2 which I also have. Guess it's not the sort of lens you would want to use other than wide open for it's depth of focus properties.
     
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    Before buying the Mitakon, did you consider the much cheaper Kamlan 50mm 1.1? I know I did, but I think the Mitakon 35mm 0.95 will probably render a better picture at all F/stops. Closed down, it will be more in competition with a Fuji or Voigtlander lens then the cheaper alternatives.
     
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    I'm using Mitakon 35mm F0.95 version II since its release (for about two years), and it's my primary lens for important photoshoots, especially for family events indoor.
    It made me sell Fuji XF 35mm F1.4 and Voigtlander 40mm F1.4, because most of my shots utilize image center, and F0.95-F1.4 range is used for 90% pictures.
    Large diameter focus ring makes focusing very precise.
    It works great on X-Pro2 and X-E2s, however older generation EVF is bit more convenient for manual focus precision at F0.95. Also I've realized that any focus peaking mode I've tried is not precise enough at F0.95 foc loser distances, so most of the time using standard view + zoom focus assist.

    Just in case you require to fine-calibrate infinity point, or disassemble this lens for cleaning/relubricating - there are related articles on my mini-blog.
     
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    Great! That's exactly how I work these days (after years of using focus peaking).
     
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    Mine just arrived too. OMG! I now can sell all my lenses.
     
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    One quick question. I love this lens but the clamp between the lens and the body (X-T100) is quite scary. It's too tight. Do others have the same problem and is it dangerous?

    PS: Zhongyi doesn't provide a lens hood but luckily my Pentacon 135mm 2.8 has a perfect one for this lens.
     
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    This lens mount is precisely machined and made of brass, so it's quite strong.
    I'd not worry if it fits tight, but in this case hold the lens near the mount when attaching. If you only hold the front area then helicoid sliders may slightly deform, adding small but unwated focus rotation lag.

    You can explore more how this Mitakon is build from these articles:
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    I've recently start shooting with Speedmaster on X-T2. The mount fit is a bit more tight comparing to X-E2s.
     
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    Thanks, yukosteel. I'll pay special attention to that!
     

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