Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Mk III arrives for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Mark III

A new version of the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 is here – and now it available to fit full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon, as well as Sony. The Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Mark III not only is available for these mounts for the first time, but also has an updated design that reduces the size of this manual-focus prime, but also reduces issues with flare.

Made by Chinese company ZY Optics, this lens is constructed from 10 elements in seven groups - including five UD elements, and one high-refractive index element.

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Mark III

The key feature of this lens, of course, is the super-wide f/0.95 maximum aperture. This is coupled with an 11-bladed diaphragm to give very diffuse out-of-focus areas and bokeh.

There have not been may lenses with maximum apertures wider than f/1 in the history of photography. The best-known is probably the Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 ASPH - which costs north of $11,000. The Nikon Z lens roadmap includes the Nikon Nikkor Z 58mm f/0.95 Noct S which we are promised will go on sale later this year - price yet unknown. The first generation of the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 launched in 2014 for the Sony E-mount.

The lens will focus manually down to 0.5m, and weighs 720g. It measures 73.3 x 83.5mm, and has a 67mm filter thread.

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens will sell for $799 and will be available in Sony FE, Nikon Z, and Canon RF mirrorless mounts.

Read more:
The best Sony lenses in 2019
Canon RF lens roadmap: everything we know so far
Nikon Z lens roadmap: what we know so far
Sony considering f/1.2 lenses that are "relatively compact and affordable"

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.