Super macro for super cheap: ZY Optics releases 4.5x macro lens, silver versions of Speedmaster lenses
posted Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM EDT
There are a couple of announcements coming out of China today as Zhongyi Optics (ZY Optics) has released a new lens and a new color for an existing lens. The new lens is sure to excite macro fans as it is an interesting new 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens with a reproduction ratio of, unsurprisingly, 4.5:1.
The Zhongyi Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro Lens is “compact in its class,” weighing only 0.5 pounds (230 grams) with a length of around 2.4 inches (6 centimeters). The lens achieves its impressive 4.5:1 reproduction ratio using six elements in four groups, although users can stack extension tubes or bellows for a resulting 13:1 magnification. Despite its low weight, the lens does have metal construction, although it is unclear how much of the body is metal. The lens includes only three diaphragm blades, does not include infinity focus and does not have a filter thread.
Available for Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Pentax K, Micro Four Thirds and Fuji X mounts, the ZY Optics Mitakon 20mm f/2 4.5x Super Macro lens is available for order here for around US$200. You can also see additional sample images on ZY Optics’ official site, although be sure to check EXIF data as they tend to post edited sample images.
Additionally, ZY Optics has announced that they are releasing silver versions of their 25mm and 35mm Speedmaster lenses. You can purchase the silver versions of the Mitakon Speedmaster 25mm f/0.95 and 35mm f/0.95 (II) optics at their official site for $400 and $600 respectively.