We knew that it was possible for a 25mm f0.95 lens to be created for the Micro Four Thirds system, but we had no idea that it was possible for it to be done in a pancake lens. Yes, you heard that right. According to 43Rumors, a prototype is floating around. There isn’t much information out there, but Mitakon says that it’s going to cost as much as the Voigtlander version–so over $1,000 for a manual focus, pancake lens that can shoot as wide open at f0.95. Considering the 2x crop factor, that means that wide open it will have the equivalent depth of field and field of view of a 50mm f1.9 lens on a full frame camera.
The sample images published so far as also quite nice.
If this indeed is something that comes to the market, it’s going to be a big deal. A Mitakon 25mm f0.95 pancake lens for the micro four thirds system that is also capable of shooting at f0.95? That’s incredible. Yes, lots of people love to autofocus, but you don’t really need to if you just get used to working with manual focusing. In fact, it’s pretty fun and for street photography (the market that would totally pick this lens up) it’s pretty much perfect.
At the same time though, Fujifilm has been eating into the street photography market, so if something like this could be made for an APS-C sensor, that would be even more incredible. Unfortunately, we doubt that that’s going to happen.