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Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5x Super Macro lens gives access to a miniature photographic world

Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5x Super Macro
(Image credit: Zhongyi Optics)

The Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5x Super Macro is the latest Zhongyi Optics lens to hit shelves, and it comes with a couple of very interesting features. It boasts a wide 1x to 5x magnification range (85mm to 25mm focal length), allowing for a level of versatility that might ordinarily only be achieved with extension tubes. And, the 85mm f/2.8 has been built to feature one of the longest working distances in its class.

ZY Optics has engineered the Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5x Super Macro’s variable working distance (272mm to 100mm) to be longer in a bid to help users. According to the China-based manufacturer: ‘Photographers can now start shooting macro objects without getting too close and scare them [the subjects] away.’ This should also prove beneficial when lighting tiny subjects too.

ZY Optics has released several sample images to illustrate the lens’ imaging capabilities – take a look at the photographs below.

(Image credit: Zhongyi Optics)

(Image credit: Zhongyi Optics)

The manual-focus lens touts ‘near telecentric performance’ and ‘super low chromatic aberration’. It features a 9-bladed diaphragm and is constructed from 12 elements in eight groups. The lens is 2.64in by 4.8in and weighs 750g, due to its metal construction. The Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 is compatible with full-frame, APS-C and 35mm film formats. 

The Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5x Super Macro is priced at $499 and ships with a tripod collar and LED ring light. Available mounts are: Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Sony E, M43, Fuji X and EOS-M. 

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