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Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F/0.95 Lens Review From David Thorpe

The Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 is a fast wide-angle lens for Micro Four Thirds and David Thorpe has been putting it to the test.

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Micro Four Thirds fan David Thorpe has got his hands on the Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 lens to find out if it's the 'do-it-all' prime lens it's widely regarded to be. 

The Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 is a manual focus lens with a remarkably low price and an f/0.95 aperture. At one point, this aperture would have been a standout feature but nowadays, there are many more f/0.95 lenses around than there were, especially for Micro Four Thirds cameras, where the extra depth of field makes them more practically useful at full aperture.

David says he's come to expect a trade-off in overall performance to get the full-stop advantage over but he says there's little evidence of this with the Mitakon lens. 

"It's a handsome piece of glass that's subtly built in the manner of Nikon film lenses of old," Says David. 

As normal, David shares example images, as well as his opinion on the lens, so do click 'play' on his video above so you can hear his full thoughts and see how the Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm f/0.95 lens performs. 

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I totally agree with David Thorpe's review. I bought one and I love it ! It looks and feels like a $1000 lens. Iím very impressed with the quality of the construction and the creamy bokeh with that dreamy look. No more need to get a FF body to get shallow DOF. The center sharpness wide open is totally acceptable, beyond my expectations. The focus and diaphragm rings are butter smooth. Itís hefty but I like the stable feels it gives me shooting handheld at longer exposures. It's now my single most favorite MFT lens just ahead my Olympus 75mm f/1.8. And at $350 street piece, it's a steal.
22 Oct 2020 7:32AM

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