Mitakon Zhong Yi Optics CREATOR 135mm f/2.8 II lens for Nikon F mount

The Mitakon Zhong Yi Optics CREATOR 135mm f/2.8 II lens for Nikon F mount (price: $229) was announced a few months ago but I somehow missed to cover it here on the blog. Technical specifications and additional pictures after the break:

  • Nikon F Mount/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
  • One Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Depth of Field and Distance Scales
  • Built-In Retractable Lens Hood
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.9'
Focal Length 135mm
Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 15°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' (1.5 m)
Elements/Groups 6/6
Diaphragm Blades Not Specified By Manufacturer
Autofocus No
Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Not Specified By Manufacturer
Weight 1.54 lb (700 g)

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Via Photorumors

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  • MSC

    I doubt that it will be any better (and quite possibly worse) than the Nikkor 135mm 2.8 ais, which you can get used for the same price.

    • Nic

      The Nikkor 135mm f2.8 is a lovely lens. To beat it this one must really bring something new and unique.

      • fanboy fagz

        Its a great lens. For its time. Coatings today make a difference. The review says very sharp. From. 2.8. The nikon was not sharp from 2.8. Im waiting for more reviews with full rez downloads

    • Spy Black

      I had the 135 f/2.8 Nikkor, it wasn’t as sharp as my 135 f/2 Nikkor on a per f-stop basis, which I was pretty surprised about.

      This lens has modern coatings an ED element. Although is hasn’t been directly compared, it’s a safe bet this is a significantly sharper lens, especially wide open.

      As long as all the screws are on tight, it should be a winner. 🙂

      • MSC

        The review you reference says 5 elements in 4 groups–unlike the info above–which is the same as the classic Nikkor 135 2.8. Perhaps it is an updated of the same design.

        • AnthonyH

          I believe the review is for the version Mark I; the new lens is Mark II.

        • Spy Black

          That wasn’t really the point of my link. 😉

      • fanboy fagz

        Review was tested o. A canon crop M camera. He didnt mention aperture on many images though. Seems… Not so legit the review. And no full rez inages to download

        Maybe the lens coming apart was to show the build material inside.

  • AnthonyH

    No wonder you missed it; the specs you posted say Pentax K-mount. Easy to miss, if they also released it in the Nikon mount.

  • Aldo

    soon there’ll be candy machines full of these cheap lenses… ‘get a cheap prime along with your bubble gum’

    • C_QQ_C

      I would love that, so I do not have to carry glass when going abroad for holidays, just buy one from the candymachine and pass it on to someone else when going home again.. -:-)

    • BVS

      Well, there’s already the iStore vending machines where you can buy iPads, headphones, etc. Maybe lenses are next. 😉

  • Lee Smith

    There’s too many posts about crappy Chinese lenses. NIKON rumours, not crappy Chinese lenses rumours.

    • Don’t blame the messenger, this is what is going on right now and this is what I cover on the blog.

      • Even news about Chinese lenses are interesting, because it shows the F-mount is not being skipped by new developments, despite all the “Nikon is dead, everybody move over to mirrorless” drama.

        • I agree, Nikon is not dead and mirrorless is not doing any better.

          • It’s this impression that everyone using their camera phone has of us that isn’t helping – the in pocket convenience will trump the size factor time and time again, DSLRS will become a rarity 10 years from now if they remain as know them now. I see the digital medium format size sensors shifting in price to where high end FX are now, because they will HAVE to differentiate from the soon to be even more impressive camera phones. Something’s gotta give and I think it will be sensor size going up in both smartphone and DSLR.
            ^ what an Iphone user thinks of us.

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