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World first! 50mm T1 full frame lens for PL mount is now shipping

Zhong Yi Optics 50mm T1 PL mount
(Image credit: Zhong Yi Optics)

Almost a year after launching its first cine lens, Zhong Yi Optics has started shipping the Speedmaster 50mm T1 Cine lens in a new housing design. 

Apparently it took the team at a year  to optimize the design of the Speedmaster 50mm T1 Cine. It is now equipped with the filmmaking industry’s standard 0.8 mod gearing, which helps the precise working of follow focus units, and 105mm filter thread and 114mm outer diameter, as they are the common specifications of cine lenses on the market. 

Having the same specification with other lenses will save time in real production environments, and the long focus throw with precise dual scale markings (imperial and metric) enable accurate control of focus point even with extremely shallow depth of field at T1. 

The Speedmaster 50mm T1 Cine lens is the first ever native full frame 50mm PL-mount lens with an ultra-fast T1 aperture (though an EF-mount option is also available). This lens will pair perfectly with the best cinema cameras from brands like Red, Arri, Blackmagic, Canon and Sony, with no adapter needed. 

The 0.65m close minimum focusing distance and ultra-fast T1 aperture will render a buttery smooth bokeh, creating a dreamy ambience and separation of the subject from the background. The lens will be good for storytelling, narrative, wedding, interview shoots and many others besides.

That fast T1 aperture is great for low-light conditions, too; the results of shooting at night with no other artificial lighting using the Speedmaster 50mm T1 cine lens looks promising from sample footage.

50mm is a good focal length for many shooting situations and now with a native T1 aperture added to the PL mount family, filmmakers of all skills and abilities can take advantage of this lens in limited light conditions and give a "dreamy" look to your footage, don't believe us take a look at this lens sample below shot on a Red Komodo 6K cine camera:

The new Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm T1 Cine lens for PL & EF mounts is available now from B&H at $999 and other authorized resellers. 

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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specialising in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound and many more for various advertising campaigns, books and pre/post-event highlights.


He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected in to BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 


He is familiar with and shows great interest in medium and large format photography with products by Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa and Sinar and has used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI and everything in between. His work covers the genres of Equestrian, Landscape, Abstract or Nature and combines nearly two decades of experience to offer exclusive limited-edition prints to the international stage from his film & digital photography.