Gallery: First few days w/ Mitakon Zhongyi 50mm f/0.95 (Dark Knight)

I was minding my own business saving up for a nice, respectable, AF telephoto zoom w/ stabilization then everything went hazy and this shows up on my door step 2 days later.

No review here (perhaps yet), but I did want to share a brief thought or two or more. I expected subject isolation and a heaping helping of background blur, but I had not put much thought to the other interesting aspects of this type of lens. Namely:

  • Causes unintelligible utterances and cackling like a lunatic with photo nerds.
  • I know there is a blank stare inducing, boring, valid technical explanation for the way this lens can find light in a nearly dark room, but right now I am stuck on dark magic as the explanation. The nickname is not helping. Truly odd to see a brighter scene through the EVF than one can see with the naked eye.
  • Being able to gather that much light pretty much stops time with higher shutter speeds under normal conditions.
  • Focus peaking is nice, but due to the very thin DOF from f0.95 to f2.0 focus zoom is required to focus with confidence which also shows off how well these manual focus tools are implemented on the A7. Something I had already learned since the only other lenses I had when I added this lens were legacy Minolta MD lenses (50mm and 135mm) from the X-700 I have.
  • Then it causes more unintelligible utterances and cackling like a lunatic with other photo nerds.

Here is a gallery and below are some shots from less than a week in.