Zhong Yi announces $600 Speedmaster 90mm F1.5 lens, a budget-friendly Leica Summilux M alternative


Zhong Yi Optics has announced the release of its new Mitakon Speedmaster 90mm F1.5 lens, a fast, manual prime designed to be a more budget-friendly alternative to Leica’s $14,000 90mm F1.5 Summilux M.

The lens, which will be available for Canon RF, Leica M, Nikon Z and Sony E mount, is constructed of nine elements in six groups, including two extra-low dispersion elements and two high-refractive elements. It also has a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, a 110cm minimum focusing distance of 110cm (3ft8in), a 67mm front filter thread and an F1.5 through F16 aperture range.

The lens is fully manual, but Zhong Yi notes it’s tested the M mount version adapted to Nikon and Sony cameras using autofocus adapters (such as thoe Techart TZM-01/LM-EA7 and Megadap MTZ11) and it works in nearly all AF modes, including with Face- and Eye-detection AF modes. The lens measures 74mm in diameter (3in), 102mm (3.5in) long and weighs 770g (1.5lbs).

Below is a sample gallery of images, provided by Zhong Yi:

The Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount versions retail for $599 and are available in black, while the Leica M mount version retails for $649 and is available in both black and silver colorways. All of the mount options are available to purchase through Zhong Yi’s online shop and authorized Zhong Yi retailers.

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