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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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Mike Harris

Mike is technique editor for N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine, and spends most of his time shooting skills articles and begging for more external storage. He's worked for a variety of publications over the years and was formerly the production editor for Wex Photo Video’s content marketing team. An avid motorsport photographer, you’re likely to find him (and his trusty Nikon D800) at racing events across the country.