Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens now available in 7 different mounts

The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens is "relaunch" with several additional mounts: Canon EF,  Nikon F, Pentax K, Sony E, Sony A, Fujifilm G and Leica T (I assume they mean Leica L mount). The price of the lens is ¥330,000 excluding tax (around $2,900). Shipping is expected to start in October 2018. Next are the technical specifications and some additional pictures including two sample photos:

Focal length 135 mm (converted to 35 mm format) focus MF (manual focus)
Aperture F1.4 - F16 Lens configuration 11 elements in 5 groups (3 ultra-large aperture ED lenses)
Diaphragm blade 11 sheets Shortest shooting distance 1.6 m
full length 160 mm diameter Φ 111 mm
Filter diameter 105 mm mass 3000 g
Maximum shooting magnification 0.1 m Lens mount Canon EF / Nikon F / Pentax K / Sony E / Sony A / Fujifilm G / Leica T

Sample photos:


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  • I also think this is the official release of the lens.

    I don’t think it was available for sale before (only for pre-order).

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      they did a limited on order run.

    • Mistral75

      It’s a second batch. Made on order, orders will be received until September 2018, deliveries shall take place in October 2018.

      • So this is pretty much like Kickstarter funding – pre-order now, shipping in 12 months.

  • monopod

    7 different months!!!

    • Daedbird

      No, I think you can use it every month….lol

  • Jeffry De Meyer

    Yes, it is one of those lenses I would like to have the option of buying if I ever have money to spare

  • Duncan Dimanche

    man ! And i thought that the sigma lenses were too big !!

    3000$…. i’m interested to see how many they will sell… seriously! Talk about a niche ! At that price ! That weight and manual focus !

    🙂 but what an amzing focal length/apperture combination !

    Well done !

  • hussey

    Gorgeous imaging.

  • CG462

    $3,000 for a Mitakon lens? I see crack has made it’s way to China. But the images are nice. The bokeh kind of reminds me of that 85mm Helios

    • Originaru

      LOL, How much do you think it would cost if it were a Canon or Nikon lens?
      This value is totally acceptable, it’s an unique lens, complex design, very big btw. hard to produce.

      • Wild Treck

        …and yet they made it also for a Pentax K-mount. Do you hear that Sigma, Tamron?

        • Originaru

          What? Sigma and tamrom have 135 1.4???
          Please explain me why sigma would opt for 135 1.8 and not 1.4, that’s almost an specialty lenses for a very little niche, difficult to mass produce, with a quite bigger glass than a 135 1.8, mitakon is a rather small company, i don’t think you ever find this lens for that price from any other company. Even it being manual focus, it is not a high profit product for them.

      • CG462

        I’m sure it would cost a lot but it’s not a Canon or Nikon lens is it? It’s a Mitakon. And as someone pointed out, you can get the Sigma 135mm f1.8 for less than half the price of this. 1.8 is not 1.4 but the difference is not that great. There will not be many people willing to spend $3,000 on a Mitakon lens given the alternatives, both used and new.

        • Originaru

          The difference between a 135 1.8 to 1.4 is quite big sincerely, i wouldn’t even compare…

        • Originaru

          The difference is that great.
          Much bigger glass, much harder to mass produce.
          Not comparable seriously.
          Very niche product, this is the cheapest and probably the only selling right now, the price is excellent for what it offers.

          • CG462

            I don’t think the difference is that great in terms of images shot at f1.8 and f1.4. We know the Sigma is an excellent performer, has autofocus, etc. It is a modern lens. And it is $1,300. If you want to believe this is a good value, fine. You’ll never convince me or most people. And I don’t think most people who are willing to pay $3,000 for a lens are looking to give it to Mitakon. If the reviews come in and the lens is considered remarkable, maybe some of them will open their wallets.

  • Michael Laing

    Would be interesting to see the comparison with the Nikkor 200mm f/2 and the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Milvus.

    • El Aura

      And the Nikon 105 mm f/1.4.

      • Michael Laing

        The Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E is a good lens (I own one) but I wouldn’t say it is as optically good as the Zeiss 135mm f/2 or the 200mm f/2.

  • Phillip Jones

    Wow…priced as though it is a Zeiss.

  • sickheadache

    Have we all forgotten that Sigma Produces an Excellent Reviewed 135mm 1.8 Art, that is around 1300 and not…3 Grand.

    • Jeffry De Meyer

      Yes but this one is made to be manual focus and more accurate

      • sickheadache

        Well I didn’t know you could not manually a sigma…dummy me.

        • Jeffry De Meyer

          Boatload easier on a lens made for manual focusig especially from sigma who’s haven’t figured out how to consistently focus

    • Wild Treck

      But not for as many mounts. Unfortunately and the fact that most cameras can use M42 mounts with a low cost adapter ring.

    • Daedbird

      Would not buy this, but would buy a Sigma, if only they offered it in a K mount

    • Paolo Mascagni

      We have take into account that weight (and cost) is exponential upon the f/ value, not linear!

  • Michael Laing

    I do like the Nikkor 105mm f/1.4E, it is one of the best lenses Nikkor have released in years. I think I just like the Zeiss’s rendering a little bit more though the difference isn’t that big (though I must admit I am biased towards the Zeiss 135mm f/2). Also the little bit more compression the 135mm and 200mm makes a little difference, when shooting people.

    The other thing of note is the difference in build quality. The 105mm just feels cheap compared to the other two lenses. It is weather sealed but it feels like Nikon tried to save on weight and money with the construction.

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