Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens for Nikon F mount confirmed with a $2,999 price tag

Mitakon 135mm f:1.4 lens for Nikon F mount 2 Mitakon 135mm f:1.4 lens for Nikon F mount
Over the weekend I reported on a new Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens for Nikon F mount. The lens is now officially listed at zyoptics.net. The price is $2,999. Only 100 pieces will be produced. Shipping is expected to start in early 2016. Here are the lens specifications and few additional pictures:

  • Focal length: 135mm
  • Max. aperture: f/1.4
  • Min. focusing distance: 1.6m
  • Optical structure: 11 elements in 5 groups (with 3pcs large ED elements)
  • Aperture blades: 11pcs
  • Clickless aperture ring
  • Filter thread: 105mm
  • Weight: 3kg (6.6lbs)

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f:1.4 lens for Nikon F mount

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  • Assaad

    Where are all the people who were complaining last week about the Sigma 20mm f1.4 😛 I hope they are satisfied now 😀

    • JJ168

      with bonus physiotherapy bill for the lucky ones 🙂

      • l just received my second paycheck of $6395,72 workin` only few h on my Iaptop` past 5 days. My divorced’ friend with 3 kids at home, made over $10k her 1st month. It’s great makin’ this much money” when other people have to work for so much Iess. Go 2 my profiIe’ site-link to see what I do…..

        *tg4t

    • ahahah! good one. Now lets wait another 2 years to get an AF version from some manufacturers

    • Albert

      You kidding? They designed it just for me! Except for the price and weight…. lol On the other hand, look at it this way: it is about the same size and weight as the 200 f/2 but at half the price/

    • quickfix

      It just got complicated because now I need a mortgage specialist before buying this lens

    • true

      If this is anything like their other lenses http://www.lenstip.com/441.11-Lens_review-Mitakon_Speedmaster_35_mm_f_0.95_Summary.html it’s not going to be worth it. It would be different thing if it were voightlander or samyang.

  • Max

    At this point I prefer 135mm Zeiss at about $1.500,00, or 135mm Nikon DC at $900,00.

    • tjholowaychuk

      Yep, the Zeiss is beautiful, one of my favorite lenses.

    • Captain Megaton

      If we are agreed that f/1.4 at this FL is just duh-umb, and are prepared to do without AF (don’t poo-poo on AF here, accurately focusing these lenses manually is *hard*) then the Zeiss is probably a no-brainer, though the Nikon DC is in the running, and the rare Voigtlander 125/2.5 SL also.

    • BigEater

      The NIKON has moderate to annoying green and purple fringing but the photos it produces of the human face are beautiful nonetheless. The Zeiss images look a lot more medium format than Nikon’s, but have their own kind of beauty. it will be interesting to see what kind of images this lens produces.

  • Ornery

    That’s more than the going rate for used 200 f2’s that can AF. And only 100 units? Must be a status symbol thing.

    • T.I.M

      They make only 100 because they won’t sell more (if they can sell 100…)

      • Bjorn

        TIM nailed it. I can’t imagine there being too many suckers who would take this over the 200 f/2 vr.

      • maybe rich people in China will spent $3000 for a special lens made by their country

        • TheInconvenientRuth

          I’m banking on this. This means that 3 months after release some 富二代 will sell his unopened, never used one to me for half the new price…

    • hussey

      I’ll bet you this will be sold out very quick. And, technically, that is NOT more than the going rate for used 200 f2s!

  • T.I.M

    Get a AF-S 200mm f/2 VR, sharpest Nikon lens ever made.

    • Deryk

      Agreed. When you are talking this kind of money, why not spend the extra 2000 or so for the 200 f2.

    • hussey

      I have both the 200mm and the Zeiss 135. There’s a pretty large number of situations where 200 is just too long (that said, I still usually try to use the 200). What we really need is a large aperture VR AF modern 105mm or so.

  • sickheadache

    Mitakon..Thinks they are Carl Zeiss…I just got punched in my old stomach. I need to lie down Mitakon just gave me a SICK HEADACHE!

    • nwcs

      LOL, I can tell what era of TV you used to watch…

  • sausage_grinder

    What current Nikon DSLR even has a focusing screen that would allow one to accurately manual focus this thing?

    • T.I.M

      live view

      • sausage_grinder

        It’s not exactly the same for me. At least not on yet on Nikon cameras in very low light (where f/1.4 would be most useful).

        • Captain Megaton

          Tough cookie. It’s Live View or nothing with this lens.

    • Russell Ferris

      I popped a K3 type focusing screen in my dusty old D800 just for lenses like this, but 3K?

      • Jun-Kai Teoh

        Where did you get the K3 focusing screen from? There used to KatzEye optics that I would get screens for my Pentax but last I checked they weren’t working on D800 focusing screens.

        • Russell Ferris

          “focusingscreen.com” It’s a small business in Taiwan, the screens are hand made I’m sure but they are well crafted. The website seems kinda like a scam but it’s actually pretty simple and they emailed me to clarify my order. The screen includes all the tools to remove and install everything yourself, just takes near sight and a steady hand.

      • Deryk

        I am also interested in where you found a screen for the d800.

        • Spy Black

          http://www.focusingscreen.com

          Change the currency from Taiwanese to your country’s currency in the lower left corner of their page, or you may think they are insanely expensive. 🙂

          • Deryk

            Haha. 2700? Yeah. 80? I can swing it. So you can vouch for these models? Did you put it in or had someone do it? Getting a focus screen is like a dream for me since I am a zeiss lover.

      • S0lidSnake

        I have the Mitakon 85 1.2 and was considering getting one of these. Has yours affected metering or AF? (fellow D800 user)

        • Russell Ferris

          It is ground glass outside of the central focus points, I suspect some lowlight ability is lost. However the central points are especially strong now.

  • doge

    lol

  • Mike M

    Some fool and their money will be parted. But I agree with the other posters, I’d imagine the 200 f2 original version would render similarly a few steps further back and would have autofocus for about the same price.

  • whisky

    OMG $ is the new normal.

  • William Dyer

    A 135mm f2 is fast enough for me. I’ve got the Rokinon in a Nikon mount and it’s very nice. for about 1/6th the price. If Sigma comes out with an f2 or f1.8 135mm autofocus I’ll take a look at that. But the Mitakon is too much. Both from a weight and price perspective.

    • Saad

      Which camera do you use the Rokinon with? I’ve been thinking of getting one for my D810… care to share any links to your work shot with the 135? thanks!

      • Petr Brodík

        @disqus_ARRijZuIxQ:disqus Saad: I use the Rokinon on D610, but it easily handles resolutions much larger than the one of D810, so don’t worry! You can google some reviews or take my word for it, as I’ve been through all of them before the purchase. Feel free to check out my latest images taken with it: http://www.facebook.com/brodikphoto

      • William Dyer

        I use the Rokinon on a Nikon D810, and the resolution holds up well. I don’t have any accessible photos at the moment, I’m at work. If you focus carefully, it’s a most impressive lens, and a bargain, money wise. Still, if Sigma could come up with a comparable resolution autofocus 135 f2, I’d spend the money. I’m old and my eyes aren’t what they used to be. 😉

  • Aldo

    I just preordered my copy.

    • Spy Black

      f/2 is SOOOOO last decade…

      • Aldo

        Real pros only shoot at 1.4

        • peter w

          Why not 1.6?

          • peter w

            or 1.2?

          • Spy Black

            Too trendy…

        • Captain Megaton

          Stopping down is for sissies!

  • Reilly Diefenbach

    Another big tub of glass for the blurry nose and ears brigade.

    • Aldo

      Forget the nose and ear… 1 mm off.. and you have blurry everything

      • Michiel953

        No you don’t. The blurryness just shifts 1 mm, as does the supposedly sharp bit. But maybe you meant something else.

    • Captain Megaton

      No wait, you just don’t understand. I *need* f/1.4 at 135mm for, uh, … um… astro.. no, weddings, um… porn? – not even that? – , geez, someone help me out here!

      • Aldo

        You need 1.4 to be pro…and chicks go crazy with 1.4s because they like large front elements.

  • TheInfinityPoint

    !!! 3 Kg weight! Portrait sessions will last only 15 minutes with that lens lol.

    • T.I.M

      nothing compared to my 6.3kg 400mm f/2.8 AF-I

      • TheInfinityPoint

        Haha yeah but 400mm isn’t a typical portrait lens which is my whole point. It’s not practical to use a monopod for portraiture.

        • T.I.M

          I use the 400mm f/2.8 mainly for sport and wildlife but it works also pretty well for young kids portraits because you’re far away so they don’t get shy. (but no lens beat the AF-S 200mm f/2.0 for head shots portraits)

  • Spy Black

    At that price, that better make even the bad pictures you’ve already taken with another lens look good…

  • Spy Black

    Not “hand made” per se, although you might say “hand modified” existing Nikon and other brand screens. I have a K in my D600 from them, works great.

  • Don

    I’ve purchased several screens from them and they have been 100 percent perfect. 2 for my 800Es, 2 for my 810s (unfortunately they didn’t have K3s available at that time: now they have the K3s for the 800 series) and 4 for my 2 750s: 2 all matt and 2 K3 splits. They are pretty easy to change on the 800s, but I find it a little more of a pain to do the 750s: I scratched one in trying to release the lever with the included metal tool. The 800s you can wear a little finger glove then push the lever by hand: no scratching. A few caveats, they only accept PayPal, and they take at least a few weeks to arrive: they send them via USPS and they make them as they go. They buy the original K3s and other screens from Nikon and then cut them to fit.

    • Mikycoud

      Well, they appear to work some kinda magic, for one can also order canon s type screens that fit d800/810 cameras, although this shouldn’t be possible, the canon screens being smaller (either on the X or y axis, or both, I don’t remember). So I do wonder if it’s really a genuine Canon part they use, or if they have access to uncut sheets, or ???

      • Don

        I have actually bought a few of the Canon version from them, and they worked fine. To check focus I made a grid chart with 0,0 in the middle. Then I shoot it at an angle and focus on the middle. Every screen has been right on. That being said, they give you two spacers as well. The reason I did the Canons is that, at the time, the K3 nor any Nikon screen with a split image was available for the 800s or later 810s at that time: I see they are now. By the way, I didn’t like the Canon screens: it was hard to see the split.

    • hussey

      Any issues with the focus on the screens not being precisely calibrated to the sensor plane?

      • Spy Black

        They bring spacers to make sure they’re at the proper elevation. I had to put the two included ones with mine on my D600, but others claim they didn’t have to do that. See my link elsewhere on this thread.

      • Don

        I have had no focus issues. As soon as I install a screen, I check it with my grid chart at an angle. As I said in another reply, they give you a few spacers. I have not needed them yet. On my 750, there were some spacers in from Nikon already, and I had to leave those in. Again, even with the experience I had with 2 800s and 2810s with multiple changes, I still had a hard time doing the 750. If it seems like I have spent a lot of time on this, I have. I hate the autofocus in general though I do use it too. On Zeiss’ website they list several screen manufacturers, but none of them exist anymore. I’m not totally stuck on focusing screens.com, but they do work, and it seems like the only option for now. I really think that if I were the marketing/management arm for Zeiss, or anyone else who wanted to make a business model out of selling manual focus lenses, I’d make and sell the screens as well. If I knew I had a 90 percent chance of the ability to get focusing screens for my camera and future models, I’d buy the whole set of Zeiss lenses. But Nikon could easily decide to stop making the K3s and other screens that focusing screens.com is modifying, and that would be the end of the last source I know of.

  • 135mm f1.4 is unique, but don’t forget it’s Chinese lens. See how terrible its brother mitakon 85mm f1.2 performs against strong light

    http://www.lenstip.com/443.9-Lens_review-Mitakon_Speedmaster_85_mm_f_1.2_Ghosting_and_flares.html

  • TheInconvenientRuth

    Still madly in love with my AF-105/2.0DC-D… gorgeous bokeh even without the DC function, razor sharp, 72mm filter, built like a tank (except that horribly flimsy pull-out hood), weighs only 680g, very compact.and that yummylicious hammer finish. Oh and all metal. It does give (easily fixed) purple fringing on the D800/810, but rocks on the D4/s

    • Aldo

      bokeh reminds me of the Russian hipster lens…don’t like it.

      • mikeswitz

        There are no hipsters in Russia. Oxymoron.

  • Saad

    Dear Nikonians,

    Buy the Mitakon 85 1.2 for $800 and shoot in dx mode or 1.2x mode!
    I would’ve bought the 135/1.4, had it been for around $1000… would’ve been fun to use it in DX mode on my D810… but I shall get the 85 1.2 now and save a fortune!

    • Captain Megaton

      I’ll stick with my Zeiss 85/1.4 ZF thanks. To be brutally honest, even that lens is nearly useless below f/2.8 for any kind of practical photography – I’d be happier with a AFS or AFD Nikkor 85/1.8 if either of those lenses had the same bokeh, but sadly they don’t come close in that department.

      Razor-thin DOF is a parlor trick, one that gets old fast.

  • Davis5

    manual focus with the mostly short deep of field in the world? Something is wrong… a lot of picture going wrong… a lot of picture gone out of focus…
    ! I hawe tryed the nikon 200f2… is a very impressive lens!

  • Mikycoud

    Yep. Ordered a few k3s screens from them and quality is there. Makes a world of difference when focusing fast manual lenses. Ideal for 1.2 to 2 lenses. Viewfinder gets way darker with 2.8 or slower lenses though. Gotta choose….

  • Mikycoud

    Well, if I may, i’d say it’s a rather awesome lens for the price. Center sharpness is adequate at 1.2 and bloody awesome when stopped down. On par (almost) with the otus. Bokeh is one of the nicest you can get and better than the zeiss. I for one think thay somehow managed to come up with a rather unique price/quality ratio.

  • hussey

    I feel I should point out that this lets in almost twice the light that the 135mm f2s do. That should be fairly significant.

  • I use to date chick named SpeedMaster

    • Captain Megaton

      Her first name was “Omega”.

  • MRomine

    Why oh why won’t Nikon refresh their 105 f2 and 135 f2? Shooters have been clamoring for an update for years?

  • Tor Kristian Herskedal

    Well, so what? It’s not meant to be used that way. Both the Zeiss 135/2 and the Mitakon 85/1.2 are awesome beasts. Not exactly convenient to drag around, though, and this new guy sure is a bit over the top size- and pricewise. Still, it’s very cool that someone actually MADE this!

  • bgbs

    How many AF motors does this lens have with this price tag?

  • Jun-Kai Teoh

    How’s the quality of the product? Is it accurately made? I’ve heard of focusingscreen in the past, but I remember for the Pentax their “center” was a little off. I ended up with KatzEye back then.

  • Captain Megaton

    Hello? Mitakon? Yes, I have a problem I hope you can help me with. My lenses are not big enough. No, that’s right: I need something heavier, to weight me down, make me feel like I’m really into this photography thing.

    $2999? Great! I’ll take two.

  • aarif

    why can’t we get a normal 135mm AF lens f1.8 much better than this

  • nwcs

    How to tell that Nikon has been boring lately? Over 75 posts regarding a limited edition third party lens priced quite high. Come on, Nikon, we need something energizing and not enervating!

  • onthedot

    The few photos they show have tons of vignetting.

  • Well spin my nipple nuts and send me to Alaska, this looks like a Stirling lens… The problem is Mitakon is hit and miss. Their 50 is far more widely acclaimed than their 35, for example.

  • Andy Whiteman

    $3000 for a 135mm third party lens – it’s not even a Sigma or a Tokina etc etc – you have to be joking but then in the current world of photography this appears to be the norm. New Leica – oh that’ll be $12.5K sir. New Nikon 24 – 70 lens with iffy review – oh that’s just $2.7K. Maybe I’m the one out of touch with reality but isn’t the iPhone the most popular camera??

  • At 3000 I can live without it

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