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First 3rd-Party Lenses for Fujifilm GFX are High Speed Primes from Mitakon Zhongyi

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Reader John G points out two lenses announced for the Fujifilm GFX:

  • Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 65mm f/1.4, equivalent to 79mm f/1.15.
  • Mitakon Zhongyi SpeedMaster 85mm f/1.2, equivalent to 103mm f/0.98.

WOW! That’s as fast as it gets for medium format, and lends weight to what I’ve implied and stated explicitly before: medium format is the new full frame. Which is a reversal from back in 2013 of saying that 35mm is the new medium format. The slowest of these two lenses is a full stop faster than the fastest lens Fujifilm is offering (the 110mm f/2), the other is 1.5 stops faster.

Development of a wide-ranging lens ecosystem massively increases the appeal of a camera platform. This Fujifilm has done by offering an EFC shutter and mechanical shutter and lens adapters and now these 3rd party lenses come along too, surely not the last to appear. By comparison, the appeal of the Hasselblad X1D is weakened by eliminating these potentials. It remains to be seen whether Hasselblad can offer an EFC shutter via a firmware update which would allow adapted lenses to be used.

Rough google translation:

Displayed "SPEEDMASTER 65mm F1.4" and "SPEEDMASTER 85mm F1.2" of the middle one optical booth, FUJIFILM G mount

The SPEEDMASTER (Speedmaster) series prototypes "SPEEDMASTER 65 mm F1.4" and "SPEEDMASTER 85 mm F1.2" are G for Fujifilm's medium format mirrorless digital camera "FUJIFILM GFX 50S" (released February 28) It is a mount lens. "SPEEDMASTER 65mm F1.4" is designed exclusively for Fuji Film GFX series. "SPEEDMASTER 85 mm F1.2" is a product that made the conventional model into a G mount. It is planned to be released in 2017, the price is yet to be determined.

From what I understand, the Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 II Lens for Sony E has optics by Mitakon Zhongyi, which also makes the Mitakon Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 for Sony Mirrorless. Mitakon seems to be on a high-speed roll to reset expectations.

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