ZY Optics has announced its Mitakon 85mm f/2.8 1-5X Super Macro Lens. The lens has a wide magnification range (from 1X to 5X) allowing users to capture subjects at different sizes.
- Super Long Working Distance (1x @ 230mm, 5x @ 95mm)
- Super Low Chromatic Aberration (APO design)
- Large Aperture
- Crystal sharpness
- Near telecentric performance
- Free tripod collar & LED light
The lens makes extreme macro capture far easier than messing around with extension tubes. ZY Optics says that the lens is also designed to have one of the longest working distance for any super macro lens. The closest working distance at 5x magnification is 3.93” (10cm) and 10.7” (27.2cm) at 1x magnification. This working distance is longer than traditional macro lenses that are currently available.
Being further away from your subject makes it easier to shoot insects and other animals that may get scared away from having a lens too close. The extended working distance also means it is way easier to use lights without having to place them very close to your subject.
ZY Optics also says that the lens has a near telecentric performance which is a big advantage when it comes to macro image stacking photography or industrial usage.
The new 1x-5x Super Macro lens incorporates 12 elements in 8 groups, which is claimed to deliver impressive resolution from corner to corner. The chromatic aberration is also controlled to the minimum (APO design).
The lens can only be used in macro distances and cannot focus to infinity. A 58mm filter thread is also available.
Size & Weight
The lens tips the scales at 1.65 lbs (750g) and it is 6.7cm long, The lens casing is made out of metal.
The lens is available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony FE, Sony Alpha, Pentax K, Sony E, Micro Four Thirds, and Fuji X mounts.
Price & Availability
The lens is available for $499 USD.