So I’ve been seeing a lot lately about the Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Mark II around the Fujifilm photographer community and I wanted to have a look at it for myself. I have always stayed away from these ultra fast lenses after some bad experiences with other options that just left a lot to be desired in terms of image quality and build quality, despite hefty price tags.
But I have been hearing and seeing great things about the Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Mark II, so I decided to break my personal rule about using these ultrafast lenses and bring the Mitakon in for a look – and boy am I glad that I did. I’ve been able to use the lens now on two shoots and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. Its sharp and the image quality is outstanding, build quality is top notch as well. The only real grip against it is the click-less aperture ring, as has been pointed out in almost every other review of this lens.
I have been testing the lens on the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (duh) and so far I have been incredibly impressed. Using the built in focusing aides (peaking, and zoom to 100%) it has been incredibly easy to get tack sharp focus wide open with the Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Mark II. The focusing is smooth and precise, it has really exceeded my expectations in every way imaginable, it even feels good on the X-Pro2, something that can’t be said for every lens that I have used on it, so thats another point in the Mitakon lens’ favor.
I have talked about my love for manual focus on the Fujifilm cameras, and how it makes me a better photographer by helping me to slow down and really think about all the elements in my frame in a way that I simply don’t when using AF. this lens is the epitome of that, offering an incredible shallow depth of field look rivaling that of F1.4 lenses on full frame without sacrificing on image quality, color, or contrast.
Obviously two shoots isn’t enough time to formulate a full opinion on the lens, but as you can see the early results are great. At this point I would put this lens up against any of the native Fujifilm X-Series lenses. I could seem myself buying this Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Mark II and using only this lens going forward. Wow.
But enough chit chat, I am sure you want to see some of the resulting images. Well, I don’t like to disappoint, so here we go…
Mitakon 35mm F0.95 Mark II Sample Images (Processed)