Comparison between Canon 50mm f/0.95 and Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 lens – Part I

Leo has been extremely generous and shared with me the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Speedmaster for one month, so I can perform a comparison between it and the Canon 50mm f/0.95 Dream Lens.

Comparing the size of the two lenses, I see that the Mitakon is 1.5 times longer, but .75 times as wide as the Canon. This is the version 2 Speedmaster with 67mm front filter. It weighs 720g, while the Canon is 985g. Both have robust metal constructions and are manual focus only.


Note that all test shots are taken wide open unless otherwise noted. Otherwise what is the point of fast lenses like these? Also, all images are Straight Out of Camera, without sharpening or other adjustments, however they have been converted to jpeg for this site and down sampled to 3000px from the original 6000px.

1. Firstly, a simple comparison between colour rendering.

a. Canon:


b. Mitakon:


Conclusion: Both lenses have very similar colour. The Canon is slightly more yellow, as you might expect from an older lens with rare earth elements.

2. Comparison of the ability to handle high contrasts within the frame

a. Canon: 


b. Mitakon: 


3. Central crops to illustrate more clearly the difference between the lenses:

a. Canon: 


b. Mitakon: 


Conclusion: the Mitakon handles high macro contrast better, but exhibits more chromatic aberrations than the Canon.

I will continue the comparison as time allows. Thanks for reading!

All images taken with the Sony A7II.

Please see Part II of this article here.