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Zhongyi Optics Announces New Mitakon 42.5mm F/1.2 & 24mm F/1.7 Lenses

By Anthony Thurston on September 14th 2014

Zhongyi Optics has announced a pair of new additions to their affordable Mitakon mirrorless system lenses, a 42.5mm & 24mm.


The 42.5mm features a fantastic F/1.2 maximum aperture, making the lens well suited to low light or selective focus situations. The 24mm also features great low light potential with its F/1.7 maximum aperture. Both lenses are made to cover APS-C sized sensors and will come in Sony, Fuji, and M43 mounts.

As with previous Mitakon branded lenses, both the new 42.5mm and 24mm are manual focus lenses. These are fast lenses for the budget-minded photographer: the 42.5mm will set you back just $359 US, while the 24mm will only cost you $289 US. A great value for photographers who don’t mind manual focusing.


Pre-orders for these two new lenses will open up at the end of September over on the official Zhongyi Optics website.

Having made use of some great old manual focus lenses on my Canon EOS-M bodies of late, I can say that these lenses interest me for sure. If only they came in the EF-M mount, I would almost definitely give them a try. That said, I fully understand the business decision to not include Canon’s redheaded step child of a mirrorless mount.

Still, if you are a Sony/Fuji/M43 shooter and don’t mind some manual focusing (I actually prefer it for virtually anything besides action), these are likely two lenses that you may look into if you have a need at these focal lengths. You can find out more detailed information on both lenses over on the Zhongyi Optics website.


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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    great price for the value …. waiting for a review to give the final verdict

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  2. Tyler Friesen

    Someone should do a review on them here.

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  3. Phil Bautista

    Tony, you could just get an adapter since we’re talking about manual lenses. Do you have any idea of the optical reputation of Mitakon. C-mount lenses have pretty wide apertures too and fit M43 sensors just fine but the problem is most of their lenses aren’t that sharp. Just fun to play around with but nothing to brag about.

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  4. Peter McWade

    Looks like great news for the APS-C sized sensor cameras available. Now to get some 1.2 lenses like this in this price range for the Sony Full Frame sensors.

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