I love lenses with a special ‘look’, that’s why I almost exclusively use the Carl Zeiss lenses from Sony. They have, in the right light, a ‘3D pop effect’. Those images offer something extra, it shows. Another dream lens is the Leica Noctilux 50mm f0.95, but that one is way out of my budget (unless I find a sponsor to pay for it). But, a few months ago a new alternative was launched for people working with Sony E-mount: the Mitakon 50mm f0.95, also known as ‘The Dark Knight’ (that’s the reason for the title of this post, it is not linked to the person in the pictures…). The Mitakon is much more affordable (less than 10% of the Leica Noctilux) and by accident I found a really great deal, so I ordered it and it arrived on Friday.

This kind of lens is really interesting for portraits. And because there was nobody around yesterday, I volunteered myself to get some pictures, standing in front of a mirror. You can see the result above… And it is up to you to conclude if they have something special, if the investment in this special lens was a good one.




Worth every penny!

Thanks Frank! 🙂

Dear Eddy,
Is it difficult to get focus manually with this lens, given the ultra shallow DoF?

Hi Lluis,
the ‘focus peaking’ feature is really helpful when there is enough contrast in the picture. If that’s not sufficient, I have one of the custom control buttons configured to activate the magnification function. With these two tools, it’s not that difficult. When the object is not moving of course… with moving objects it is very difficult.

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