Mitakon 35mm f0.95 vs. Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 Bokeh Comparison

Mitakon 35mm f0.95 vs. Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 Bokeh Comparison:

So, I’m sitting here writing up my Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II review, and I’m thinking more about how it compares to the XF 35mm f1.4.  The reason I’m picking on this lens in particular is because it’s about the same size as the Mitakon, and it sells for the same price.  Plus, I own XF 35mm f1.4, so it’s hard not to compare it with the Mitakon when it’s just sitting in my bag :).  I didn’t get the chance to do any real in-depth comparison between the two lenses but I did take a few sample shots with the two set at their maximum apertures for my own amusement.  I thought I’d just share them here real quick.

So, the cranberry juice is the subject, and I shot at three distances.  All these photos are jpegs that came straight from my X-T2 with no post-processing done.  Here’s how the photos came out at about 10 feet.

↑ Mitakon 35mm f0.95 on the left, and Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 on the right.

↑ The Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II.

↑ Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 R Lens.

Here’s how they look at around 5 feet.

↑ Mitakon 35mm f0.95 on the left, and Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 on the right.

↑ The Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II.

↑ Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 R Lens.

Here’s how they look at about 2.5 feet.

↑ Mitakon 35mm f0.95 on the left, and Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 on the right.

↑ The Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II.

↑ Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 R Lens.

So, there you have it.  These photos are really just for all of you to see the difference in shallow depth of field/bokeh.  This isn’t a sharpness test or anything scientific, so don’t read too much into it.  I wish I had a better subject but my friend, who was with me at the time, wasn’t really in the mood to stand out there in the heat while I did this :).  The Mitakon does show more vignetting here but don’t forget, it’s maxed out at f0.95 versus the Fuji’s f1.4 aperture.  Overall, after using the Mitakon 35mm f0.95 Speedmaster Mark II for quite a while, I feel it really gives the XF 35mm f1.4 a run for its money because it has a lot of great selling points other than just that f0.95 aperture.  You’ll hear more about these selling points in my upcoming review, since I really enjoyed this lens, and therefore, have quite a lot to say about it.  I’ll also go into more depth about the differences between the two lenses here.  So stay tuned, and thanks for stopping by!

2 comments… add one
  • Jed Orme

    Hello Patrick,

    Based upon this preview of this Mitakon 35mm lens, I’m really looking forward to your in depth review of it. I had the XF35mm f/1.4 lens for some time with my XE-2 & X-Pro1, but after getting the X-Pro2 & the new XF35mm f/2 lens, I decided to trade it in to help pay for the XF16-55 zoom. But I use the 1.4 speed enough on my XF16mm that I decided maybe I would benefit from having something faster in the 35mm focal length, which is my favorite & most used. So this Mitakon 35 looks like it really might be an even better choice to have.

    Jed

    • Patrick

      Hi Jed,

      My apologies for the late reply! I sincerely like this lens quite a lot. The f0.95 definitely makes it special, and it’s really not that difficult to focus either. It’s really a lot of fun to use, and quite addicting :).

      Best,

      Patrick

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