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New Meike 85mm Portrait/Macro Lens For Fuji, Nikon, Canon, Sony

By Wendell Weithers on September 4th 2017

HongKong manufacturer Meike has released a new medium telephoto portrait and macro lens, an 85mm f2.8 for Canon and Nikon DSLR cameras, as well as Sony and Fuij. However, it is also for any mirrorless shooter with an adaptor for the aforementioned mounts. There is some indication of availability for micro four-thirds, and  priced at an attractive $299.

You may know Meike as the brand that makes third party accessories such as grips, flashes, and adapters but, they also have a modest collection of standard primes. They’ve been slowly carving out a niche in the specialty lens market and, with this their latest, they hope to build some momentum by casting their lot into the pool of popular portrait length lenses.

Highlights & Specs

The lens is manual focus only, boasts a metal construction, a nano-technology multi-layer coating, and has the ability to extended to 118mm without affecting focus. Here is a deeper dive into the specs.

Lens Structure: 8 groups and 11 Elements

Aperture range: F2.8-22

Maximum Magnification Ratio: 1:1.5

Lens Diameter: 64mm

Filter Size: 55mm

Length: 91.5mm(Canon) 90mm(Nikon) 117mm(Sony)

Weight: 500g

View angle: 28.2° ~ 18.9°

Minimum Focus Distance: 0.25m

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Pricing for the lens isn’t available yet, but if their current collection is any indication, it will be amongst the most affordable macro lenses. As it enters the fray of the macro market, only time will tell if this combatant can punch above its weight.

For beginners and mild hobbyists, keep your eye on this one as it could be a good lens to gain experience in a few genres of photography. Every mount needs a repository of starter lenses and maybe one day Meike can move up the ranks of third party options.

Wendell is based in Atlanta where he shoots events, portraits, and food photography. He also supports his wife Andrea as she runs their cake design business, Sweet Details.

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2 Comments

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  1. Antonios Chamaletsos

    I think this lens has 1.5:1 maginification ratio not 1:1.5

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  2. adam sanford

    1) Something nutty’s going on with that 117mm statement for Sony.  Could very well be an identical set of optics for the Sony version just with a spacer attached to get the flange distance offset vs. the SLRs considered.  (I think it’ll still be an 85mm FOV for E-mount.)

    2) 1:1.5 isn’t even a full macro.

    3) No autofocus but even if you don’t care about autofocus, that same money will get you a Samyang 85mm *f/1.4* for just about every mount.  (For the same price, I’d take f/1.4 over f/2.8 + less than 1:1 macro every time.)

    Might be cheap, but also might not be a particularly useful arrow in the quiver.  At least for my mount, the EF 85mm f/1.8 USM has a larger max aperture for portraiture and critically has AF for about the same price.  The macro is a nice add over a standard 85 prime, but is it worth losing over a stop and autofocus for?

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