Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm 0.95 Preview ( Test VS Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95)

Camera: Sony A7
Lens: Zhongyi (Mitakon) 50mm 0.95 and Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95.

There were some rumors going around before this lens publicly announced. When I heard about it, I knew this is going to be true, because Zhongyi (some people called Mitakon, but actually they named Zhongyi) has released a 35mm F0.95 for Fujifilm X Mount and Sony Next mount. But that crazy lens only for ASP-C sensors only.

After they have tell the public they are going to release this lens for full frame FE mount. I asked my friend in China ordered one, and also ordered an Sony A7 as well. This lens only avaliable for Sony FE mount (Full Frame E-mount), yes, I bought a Sony A7 just for this lens. I think this Zhongyi 50mm F0.95 lens might help the sales for Sony A7 series cameras a bit.

Zhongyi 50mm 0.95 with Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95.

Zhongyi 50mm 0.95 with Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95.

After the long wait (actually, not that long time, but I can’t wait to get hands on this lens.), I got this lens in May. But I don’t have the time play around with it due to the work load from my work.

Last weekend, I planed a day for this lens, and I also want to try out how this lens perform against the King of Lignt from Leica — Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95.

I was trying to make this game fair enough for this lens, I have a Leica M-mount to Sony FE-mount converter. So I could make all the files came from the same camera body. And I shot Raw files, for the test below I converted those raw files to JPEGs without any processing from Lightroom 5.5, and I let you judge by yourself.

Zhongyi (Mitakon) 50mm F0.95 VS Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95

Those 3 sets for the first round, I focus on the followers on different tables.

1. SET 1:

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

2. SET 2:

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

3. SET 3:

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

I could not tell any big difference from the files I see on the screen of Sony A7. I only can tell after I imported all files to my computer, but I will tell what I thought after next around.

4. SET 4, a few pictures from Leica Noctilux 0.95.

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

Then For similar settings and lighting situations, the photos from Zhongyi 50mm F0.95.

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

5. SET 5: two files from Zhoingyi 50mm F0.95 first, then two files from Leica Noctilux 0.95 with same lighting situations.

Zhonigyi 50mm F0.95:

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Leica 50mm Noctilux F0.95.

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

SonyA7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm 0.95

This Preview Conclusion:
To be honest, I didn’t think the 799 USD Zhongyi 50mm F0.95 could perform well even before I asked my friend to order it. First of all, we all know the rules “You will get what you paid for.”, specially for photography gears, this rules always apply. The higher price we pay, the better quality we get. But this lens really changed my mind after the day I put it against with Leica 50mm Noctilux 0.95. Secondly, this lens made by a Chinese optic company which not many people have heard about, and I hardly ever trust any company doesn’t have any track of records.

After the test, I was shocked when I reviewed those files on my monitor. For Leica Noctilux, you might need 9000-10000 USD to get one, and you need to wait for months before you can actually get one from Leica. But this Zhongyi 50mm F0.95 only cost $799, and this was the main reason I didn’t think this lens would do well.

From all the files above, the Monster Noctilux 0.95 does produce sharper files and it has a little less Chromatic aberration.

Bokeh? Well, from the test files so far, the Leica Noctilux does have creamy soft bokeh, and Zhoingyi 50mm F0,95 has harsher bokeh. Creammy-Soft in out of focus area and very sharp in focused area is what Leica lens famous for.But The Zhongyi 50mm F0.95 produced bokeh with a unique look, and some people might hate it, some people might love it.

To conclude this preview, the Zhongyi 50mm F0.95 is an really amazing lens to have if you really love the shallow depth of field. For the price $799, it might cost as same as a second-hand Zeiss M-Mount lens. For me, I will keep this lens as one of my collections.

(All the files below are the files after some minor processing in LightRoom, and this preview end here. I will continue to review this lens as I spend more time with it. )

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Zhongyi Mitakon 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

Sony A7 with Leica Noctilux 50mm F0.95

9 Comments

  1. Reply
    Will Y. November 2, 2015

    Is the Mitakon truly a f0.95 lens? I mean, by comparing the minion shots from mitakon and leica, leica obviously has a much more blurry background… It’s almost like comparing the bokeh from a f0.95 to a f1.4 lens

    • Reply
      rick0530 November 2, 2015

      Hi Will, it is a true F0.95 lens. The lens produce bokeh in a different look. The lens I have is the first version, the second version is optically better. You can google around about it, and if you want to get this lens, get the second version.

      • Reply
        Will Y. November 2, 2015

        Thank you

  2. Reply
    philip woo August 10, 2016

    Hi Will, Just got my Mitakon yesterday in the mail but am looking for a converter mount to mount it on my M 240 Leica body and am not having any luck? Can you please help???
    Or is this Mitakon 50mm 0.95 can only be used on the Sony A-7????
    my vital is 425-802-2180 and my E is p.woo@att.net.
    Your suggestion is much appreciated.
    Philip Woo
    805-168th PL NE
    Bellevue WA. 98008

    • Reply
      rick0530 August 24, 2016

      Sorry for this late reply.

      The Mitakon lens can’t be used on a Leica camera. It designed & made for Sony A7 cameras.

  3. Reply
    Phil woo June 21, 2017

    Thx Will am surprised to get the response. Since am a Leica person I broke down and got myself a Sony 7R so I may use my Zhongyi .95 .
    Am rather pleased with the less expensive Boker hunt. Additionally, I also bought the M to E adapter like you did for all my M lenses and an R to M adapter so I may use all my collection of Leica R lenses on the Sony 7R as well!
    Thanks Will for your contribution to this crazy world of photography!
    Love to see more of what else you have to say.

    Phil Woo
    P.woo@att.net

    • Reply
      rick0530 June 22, 2017

      You are welcome, Phil! Let’s enjoy the fun of photography.

  4. Reply
    Phil woo June 21, 2017

    My apology Rick to have your name changed. I meant Rick and not Will, ok?
    Thx
    Phil

    • Reply
      rick0530 June 22, 2017

      No worries, Phil! 😛

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