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Mitakon 35mm 0.95 worth it if you already have the XF 35mm 1.4?

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  1. AGIIINTblue

    AGIIINTblue Well-Known Member

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    This first photo was taken with the XH1 and Mitakon 35 of the case/box that it comes in. I use this for my memory cards 2A1BFAF1-4525-4084-91AB-CE1E994F829B.jpeg

    Taken with XT100 and Mitakon 35
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    I couldn't resist the $419 price tag so picked one up today. The flickr photo album with sample images from the lens showed wonderful rendering. Also, the ****************** gave it rave reviews saying it's 10/10. He may not be liked very much but his lens recommendations are usually spot on. More sample images coming soon.
     
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    An aesthetically handsome combination.
     
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    AGIIINTblue Well-Known Member

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    It is. The lens is heavier than the body !
     
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    I got my lens today and I am very impressed. The build on mine is literally perfect. Very tight fit to the mount with zero slop; I have Fuji lenses that have a looser fit. The focus ring and aperture is also perfect both in terms of resistance, smooth operation, and feel.

    The lens is much smaller than I expected. It's actually a very compact lens and it has some heft to it, but nothing bothersome.

    I have a lot more testing to do, but the performance so far is really good even at 0.95. The lens manages to retain good contrast wide open and color fringing is very well controlled. I think my Fuji XF 16mm 1.4 has more fringing and chromatic aberrations wide open than this lens.

    Really great colors too and super sharp even wide open. I can't believe they sell it for this price.
     
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    Yeah, I gave in, too. It is, indeed, fantastic.

    I just started a new challenge thread:

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    So, when you start taking pictures with it...
     
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    Congratulations. When did you get yours? Mine arrived today.
    Indeed, it is fantastic. This may become my favorite lens.
     
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    Yesterday. Posted my first image on the challenge thread.
     
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    Oddly enough, the Mitakon 35mm 0.95 has a regular, common clamping force on my X-T1 but a downright dangerously tight fit on my X-T100. I have to use too much strength to dismount it.
     
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    Interesting. I have a X-T1 still so it's no a problem for me. Hopefully it doesn't become and issue if I get another Fuji camera.

    I did some more sample shots and the performance at 0.95 is not an issue. I photographed a piece of glass and saw dust on the rim. Incredible!
     
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    You guys are making me miss my Mitakon, god dammit!! (I ended up selling the Mitakon and keeping the xf 35 1.4)
     
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    These are all SOOC jpegs. I took the lens into work today where there are other photography enthusiasts.

    Here are test shots. Boring, but illustrate the colors and sharpness. All taken with a Fuji X-T1.

    These my coworker took. Wide open 0.95

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    You can see individual hairs and scratches on the watch.

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    Stopped down to f/1.4. Picture of a coworker. Sharpness here is unreal.

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    There is a side by side video on YouTube. It appears, at least with his samples, that the 35/0.95 is sharper. This is unusual. Getting Ultrafast tends to compromise sharpness (even on the $10k+ Leica). But Mitakon, somehow, has used dark arts....
     
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    I don't have a 35 1.4 and never did but I can compare to my 35 2 but from what I am seeing it is possible the 0.95 is sharper.

    The coating on this lens is unique there are a lot of green reflections.

    Other than the Leica and a Canon 0.95 who else has made a 0.95? I know Nikon has one in development. Any other 0.95 lenses out there?
     
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    Handevision IBELUX 40mm 0.85 which is very expensive and have rather poor IQ per reviews.
    SLR Magic make a 35mm T0.95 but I don't hear much about it - maybe due to being a Cine lens.
     
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    I also found this list.

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    Does anyone know if the Mitakon 50mm 0.95 for full-frame is just as good? I know their 35mm 0.95 is second generation so maybe there's a difference.

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    It's a hell of a lot bigger!
     
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    Do you plan to use it on a Sony? I only see a Sony mount for the 50mm and the lens is big because it's a full frame lens where the 35mm is APS-C. From the pictures I have seen and the reviews I have read the 50mm does not seem to be as sharp, but it does have great bokeh.
     
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    The image comparison starts about a minute in:

     
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    I call this photo desk mess.

    This is an interesting test between my Fuji XF 35mm f/2 and Mitakon 35mm f/0.95.
    Both shot wide open so the Fuji at f/2 and the Mitakon at f/0.95 so not an apples to apples comparison,
    but interesting nonetheless.

    The Mitakon wide open at f/0.95 is as sharp if not sharper than the Fuji wide open at f/2.
    The dept of field of course isn't the same, but it's not that different.

    I was focusing right below the neck of the vase below the ribbon.

    Mitakon 35mm @ f/0.95
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    Fuji 35mm @ f/2
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    Now here is the more interesting part. After taking the picture with the Mitakon the exposure was f/0.95, 1/60 shutter, ISO 2500. I mounted another adapted lens a Yashica 50mm 1.4. Exposure was f/1.4, 1/60 shutter, ISO 5000, which seems expected. However, the Fuji 35mm f/2 exposed it as f/2, 1/60 shutter, ISO 4000. I would have expected the 35mm f/2 to need a much higher ISO especially since it was f/2 and not even f/1.4 but it needed a lower ISO than the 50mm 1.4 @ 1.4. How is that possible?
     

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