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New Mitakon 35mm F/0.95 & SLRMagic Anamorphic Lens Kit {Daily Roundup}

By Anthony Thurston on February 14th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Mitakon Announces New Version II of The 0.95 Speedmaster 35mm Lens

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To most of us, these ‘Speedmaster’ 0.95 lenses are usually more of a gimmick than an actual tool you would use on a regular basis. Optically, they just usually aren’t very high quality when shot wide open, so you have to stop down; you might as well just buy a cheaper lens.

Well, Mitakon has announced a new and improved 35mm 0.95 Speedmaster lens which they hope may change this stigma. Not only is the new lens smaller and more compact than its version 1 brother, but it also has an improved optical formula, which should improve the overall image quality possible with this lens.

Just as with the version 1, this new version comes in three mount options: Sony E Mount, Fuji X Mount, and Canon’s EF-M mount. It is meant for APS-C sized sensors, so sadly A7 series owners will need to shoot in crop mode or find a different option.

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The new lens is also available immediately, either directly from Mitakon themselves or through authorized retailers. The US price is $599, which is actually much better than I was expecting (I’m lookin’ at you, Sony/Zeiss 35mm F/2.8!!).

// Stay Tuned for B&H order links //

SLRMAgic Announces New 1.33x Anamorphic lens set

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The look you get from anamorphic lenses is something else, which is why I am a little excited to see SLRMagic announce their new 1.33x Anamorphic lens kit.

This new kit includes 35mm, 50mm, and 70mm lenses and should be a killer addition to any videographer’s kit.

This 1.33x anamorphic lens help filmmakers maximize their image quality by preventing loss of vertical resolution. The unique 1.33x squeeze factor uses the entire 16:9 sensor/negative area to achieve the desired 2.35:1 aspect ratio. The SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 1.33x does this by compressing a 33% wider field of view to fit the width of the 16:9 sensor/negative without compressing image height.

Technical Data:

  • SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 35mm T2.4
  • SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 50mm T2.8
  • SLR Magic ANAMORPHOT-CINE 70mm T4
  • Lens Type: Anamorphic lens
  • Squeeze factor: 1.33x
  • Objective front filter thread: Φ82
  • Mount: Titanium PL compatible with optional SLR Magic EF/F/mFT/E-mount
  • Titanium adapter.
  • Lens Coating: Multi-Coated
  • Close Focus: 3’6
  • Weight (oz./g): 38.8/1,100
  • Length (cm): 13.5
  • Diameter (cm): 10
  • Image Circle: S35 for 35mm T2.4, FF for 50mm T2.8 and 70mm T4

The new kit will be available for $1249 (a killer deal) and should be shipping soon!

Easily Remove chromatic aberrations and color fringing

Chromatic Aberrations and Color Fringing is the bane of all wildlife and landscape shooters’ existence. Trees and other greenery are breeding grounds for these optical issues, and only the most expensive, latest glass truly controls it to satisfaction.

So the video above does a great job of showing you how to remove it manually, in Photoshop. Enjoy!

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Paul Nguyen

    The 35/0,95 is a nice concept, but on a 1.5x crop camera, it has the same equivalent focal length and DOF as a 52.5mm f/1.4 lens, so it’s not really all that special. You might as well buy a full-frame camera and an el-cheapo 50/1.4 lens and get AF and better IQ.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It may not be ‘that special’ from a full frame perspective, but that sort of capability on APS-C crop is unique, so for those shooters and users, it is ‘special’.

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  2. Andrew Leinonen

    It sounds like Mitakon is learning quickly. The 35/0.95 was their first ultra-fast lens and by all accounts was not great. The 50/0.95 for FE-mount was dramatically better, and really quite good. Likewise, the new 25/0.95 for M4/3 is quite competent, and at 230g is downright tiny, not to mention the $399 asking price.

    From the looks of things, this new lens probably takes a lot of lessons from the 25/0.95 and puts them in a slightly scaled up package.

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  3. Mark Romine

    Too bad that Mitakon is not for FF bodies.

    Nice tip on getting rid of CA and color fringing.

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