ZY Optics "Mitakon" 24mm f/1.7 and 42,5mm f/1.2

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by Mat - MirrorLessons, Nov 9, 2014.

  1. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Mar 10, 2013
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    Hello m4/3 users,

    I'm testing the two ZY optics "Mitakon" 24mm and 42,5mm. For those unfamiliar, ZY Optics is the same brand that designed the speedmaster lenses f/0.95 for Sony cameras.

    They are manual focus lenses only. Nice metal build, de-click aperture rings but lacking some precisions with the hyperlocal scale. The lenses are designed for APS-C sensors but are available also with the MFT mount.

    Here are some image samples:

    E-M10 and 24mm at 1.7

    15749384271_f488f9434a_c. OMD-EM10 and ZY Optics 24mm f/1.7 by Mat - MirrorLessons, on Flickr

    E-M10 e 24mm a f/8

    15752809842_3d38a1b241_c. OMD-EM10 and ZY Optics 24mm f/1.7 by Mat - MirrorLessons, on Flickr

    E-M10 e 24mm a f/11

    15751270675_eff21fdffb_c. OMD-EM10 and ZY Optics 24mm f/1.7 by Mat - MirrorLessons, on Flickr

    E-M1 e 42,5mm a f/1.2

    15751271145_3a129144a3_c. OMD-EM1 and ZY Optics 42,5mm f/1.2 by Mat - MirrorLessons, on Flickr

    E-M1 e 42,5mm a f/1.2

    15565402659_62a63e010e_c. OMD-EM1 and ZY Optics 42,5mm f/1.2 by Mat - MirrorLessons, on Flickr
     
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  2. Harvey Melvin Richards

    Harvey Melvin Richards Photo Posting Junkie

    Feb 15, 2014
    Southwest Utah
    Very sharp photos, they look like interesting lenses.
     
  3. jyc860923

    jyc860923 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 28, 2012
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    贾一川
    they manufacture the lens in my city, and I've used a Zhongyi lens for a while, the new 24 and 42.5 definitely look better.
     
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  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Any chance you can post some high res shots? The 42.5mm has my attention. :smile:
     
  5. biza48

    biza48 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 31, 2014
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    Seem to be good lenses, and it is nice to have options.
     
  6. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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  7. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    The 24mm is the most weak of the two in my opinion because:
    • There are already the 25mm from Pana and Oly
    • it suffers from barrel distortion and softness in the corners even at f/8
     

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  8. danieru

    danieru Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 6, 2011
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    Daniel
    I've been interested in the Mitakon for awhile, especially considering the fast aperture and related price, it's hard to find reviews, good sample pictures and people that have had hands on experience, so thanks for that.

    The pictures and bokeh of the 42.5 are quite nice.
     
  9. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    I'll have the review ready for the end of the week.
    Right now I think that the 42,5mm is the most interesting lens. The 24mm has some limitations when it comes to IQ.
     
  10. verbatimium

    verbatimium Mu-43 Veteran

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    Martin
    Are these heavily processed/sharpened at all?
     
  11. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    Just regarding exposures and colours. I didn't add sharpness.
     
  12. broody

    broody Mu-43 Veteran

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    Sep 8, 2013
    The 42.5mm production model seems quite a bit nicer than the samples shown at Photokina. ZY did a great job on this one.

    Thank you so much for posting this! I'm very hyped for this lens again. I love the O45, but sometimes you need a little more isolation, also I've always wanted for a metal-bodied model which wasn't zomghuge like the Nocticron/Voigtlander.
     
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  13. ntblowz

    ntblowz Mu-43 Veteran

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    The 42.5mm F1.2 looks nicer @ F1.2 than the prototypes
     
  14. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
  15. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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    To me the wide open sharpness is decent. Don't expect it to be razor sharp. It is soft but usable in some situations. Just to show you better what we are talking about here is a home made sample below. On a object like this it looks perhaps too soft. With portraits, good light, a nice subject and a nice composition I think that the lens can be used with good results like the first pictures I posted.

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  16. Mat - MirrorLessons

    Mat - MirrorLessons Mu-43 Veteran

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  17. agentlossing

    agentlossing Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jun 26, 2013
    Andrew Lossing
    Thanks for the excellent review! The 24mm is a bit disappointing, but the 42.5mm is definitely interesting.
     
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