Canon patent for 135mm f/2 lens with Apodization Filter

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Canon patent for a 135mm f/2 lens with apodization filter. This is not the first Canon patent for an optical formula with apodization filter, we got a 135mm f/2.8 and a 180mm f/3.5.

  • Patent publication number 2016-218444
    • Release date 2016.12.22
    • Application date 2015.5.20
  • Example
    • Focal length 130.98
    • F number 2.06
    • Field of View 9.38
    • Image height 21.64
    • Lens total length 159.05
    • BF 53.99
  • Canon patent
    • Even in the presence of vignetting, a good blurred image at all angle of view
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Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 lens shipping soon (world’s fastest 135mm lens)

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F/1.4 Lens Shipping Soon (world’s Fastest 135mm Lens)

At a glance:

  • Focal Length: 135mm
  • Max. Aperture: f/1.4
  • Min. focusing distance: 1.6m
  • Optical Structure: 11 elements in 5 groups (with 3pcs large ED elements)
  • Aperture blades: 11pcs
  • Clickless aperture ring
  • Filter thread: 105mm
  • Net Weight: 3kg (6.6lb)
  • Camera mounts: Canon / Nikon / Sony FE

The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4, made by Chinese manufacturer ZY Optics and announced in October 2015, seems to be close to ship and hit the shelves. ZY Optics’ Facebook page has a clear statement:

We are shipping this beast soon.

The price isn’t on a budget level, the Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm f/1.4 sells for $2,999, and you can pre-order it with a $500 deposit at ZY Optics. Not bad for a beast weighting 3kg (6.6lb) that’s also the fastest 135mm lens you can get. Please note that according to ZY Optics’ site there will be a first batch with just 100 pieces, and that the deposit is not refundable (except if the lens cannot be delivered).

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm

Picture from ZY Optics’ Facebook page

A sample gallery shot with a pre-production model can be viewed at DPReview.

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2 review (little bit of perfect)

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm F/2 Review (little Bit Of Perfect)

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2: B&H Photo | Adorama

At a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
  • 4 Anomalous Partial Dispersion Elements
  • Apochromatic Sonnar Optical Design
  • Floating Elements System
  • Zeiss T* Anti-Reflective Coating
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Anodized Metal Barrel, Rubber Focus Ring
  • Weather-Sealed Construction

Photographer and reviewer Dustin Abbott tested the new Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2 lens. And he is pretty fond of it.

He writes:

It is fairly large and definitely heavy, but this isn’t unusual in the current trend of full frame lens design.  Despite these very real challenges the lens is a masterful option for those looking for the ultimate 135mm lens.  It’s a joy to shoot with, and produces images that look amazing right out of the camera.  If you pride yourself on doing minimal post processing, you will love the Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 2/135mm; images look great without being touched.  If you are looking for a magical telephoto for shooting video, you will love this lens.  It is special, and I’m so glad that it has found its way into the Milvus lineup.

Dustin Abbott praises the “superb optical performance that is rarely matched and never outdone“. A sample pictures gallery is here. You can go for the written review, or watch the 16 minutes full review video below.

Want to know more about the Milvus 135mm f/2 outstanding optical features? Don’t miss the video below.

Zeiss Milvus APO Sonnar 135mm f/2: B&H Photo | Adorama