Speed demon! ZY Optics unveils f/0.95 lens in Canon EF mount

Life just got a whole lot faster for Canon DSLR owners. Zhongyi – or ZY – Optics has released the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens. Currently, the Speedmaster is the only lens with a maximum aperture of f/0.95 available for DSLR users, which has obvious benefits if you like to shoot in low light or want extremely precise control over depth-of-field. The standard 50mm focal length also ensures that it’s suitable for a whole range of different subjects.

ZY has other f/0.95 aperture lenses in its current line up, but these versions – for Sony FE, Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts – are only suitable for mirrorless models. This is the first DSLR version, although don’t expect many more to follow; ZY has already confirmed that the size of the rear element in the design in this Canon EF mount version makes it impossible to produce the same lens for Nikon DSLR users.

Optical construction features 12 elements in six groups. One of the elements uses High Refractive Index glass, while a further five use Ultra-low Dispersion glass. Combined, these elements are claimed to deliver impressive image quality while minimizing aberrations.

The size of the rear element on the 50mm f/0.95 means a Nikon version is impossible to make.

Measuring 89x122mm and weighing 1.5kg, this is certainly bigger and bulkier than most standard lenses, but that’s the price you pay for speed. The 50mm f/0.95 also manually focuses down to 0.65m, has a minimum aperture of f/16 and features no fewer than 11 diaphragm blades. The latter should ensure smooth bokeh effects. Price is $799.

Take a look at a selection of images captured with the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 below: