Chinese lens maker Zhong Yi Optics has announced their latest fast prime offering: the new 85mm F/1.2 ‘Speedmaster’. This new portrait lens will be available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony FE mounts at launch, with Pentax K and Sony A mounts coming at some point later this year.
This lens isn’t just for portrait shooters though, it also features a clickless aperture ring, making it a great option for video shooters as well. Its all-metal construction makes it one of the more well built 85mm lenses currently out there.
The truly circular aperture creates a shallow depth-of-field that brings attention to the subject and blurs the background, which is critical for portraits. The lens incorporates 9 elements in 6 groups with 2 pieces of Extra-Low Dispersion elements & 4 pieces of High Refractive Index elements. This helps reducing aberrations and maintain excellent sharpness even at f/1.2.
Overall, this looks like a good offering from the company, and I am looking forward to getting one in hand to review. According to Zhong Yi Optics, you can now pre-order your copy of the lens directly from their website (which will be given priority over other retailers), and the lens is expected to begin shipping towards the end of May at a $799 price point.
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