04 Aug Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 II Lens Review with Fuji X-T2

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I’ll get straight to the point: This lens is hands-down my absolute favorite lens that I’ve shot with on my Fujifilm X-T2. Hell, it may even be my favorite lens *ever*, but I want to give it some time before I stick with such a bold claim.

First off, I have to thank my friend Peter Price for making me aware that this lens even existed. We were discussing our lust for different lenses and I was complaining that, while I love my Fujinon lenses, they just didn’t quite have the narrow depth of field that I craved. I own both the 35mm f/2 and 23mm f/2. Their lightning-fast autofocus and weather sealing make them solid performers for street photography and travel, but when it comes to getting the background blur that makes your portraits really pop, they leave much to be desired. And yes, I do also own the 56mm f/1.2, and while it definitely achieves that dreamy bokeh I love, I was looking for a wider focal length that would allow for some more creativity with my compositions.

Just as I was considering trading my f/2 lenses for the f/1.4 versions, Peter brought another alternative to light: The Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 ii. “It’s super fast and has excellent bokeh. It’s worth a look,” he encouraged. Upon further research, I discovered that it was manual-focus only. “Nope, can’t do that!” I immediately thought to myself. I’ve never worked with manual focus only before. Sometimes

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