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Mitakon launches T/1.0 cine lenses for MFT, Super35 and full frame cameras!

Mitakon T/1.0 cine lenses
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These four new Mitakon T/1.0 lenses offer filmmakers a series of ultra-fast primes at very affordable prices. This is in stark contrast to big name camera makers who produce only a small number of lenses of this type and at very much higher prices.

The T/1.0 rating is related to lens aperture, but quotes the actual light transmission rather than the size of the aperture. It’s a more demanding standard applied to video lenses and you can take it that a T/1.0 lens is equivalent to an f/1.0 lens but with guaranteed light transmission too.

All four lenses are manual focus only, but come with cine-style focus gears for use with camera focus attachments. They all feature internal focusing so that the length of the lens doesn’t change during focusing, and all have been designed to minimise focus breathing, which is any kind of visible change in the size of the subject as you focus in and out.

The manual focus and cine-style focus gears means that these lenses are not really designed for vlogging, but they do look terrific value for more advanced filmmakers working with camera rigs.

Mitakon Speedmaster T/1.0 MFT lenses

The new Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm T/1.0 for MFT. (Image credit: Mitakon)

Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm T/1.0 for MFT. (Image credit: Mitakon)

There are three lenses in this group: the Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm T/1.0 ($449), Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm T/1.0 ($449) and Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm T/1.0 ($449). It will also be possible to buy all three as a set for $1,199.

Being Micro Four Thirds lenses, these have a 2x crop factor, so their equivalent focal lengths (in full frame terms) are 34mm, 50mm and 70mm.

Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm T/1.0 for Super35 cameras

Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm T/1.0. (Image credit: Mitakon)

The Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm T/1.0 ($599) has an image circle large enough for Super35 and APS-C sensors, and will also be available in Canon RF mount (for the Canon EOS C70, for example), Sony E and Fujifilm X mounts.

The three lenses above are available now from Mitakon/ZY Optics, while the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm T/1.0 (below) will be available in June 2021.

Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm T/1.0 for full frame

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This is a full frame lens available in Canon EF and Arri PL mounts, both widely used by professional cinematographers. It’s a larger lens than the others, not least because it covers a full frame sensor. At a price of $999, this still represents a pretty low price for such a wide aperture lens.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.