Meike has announced a new $249 50mm f/0.95 APS-C mirrorless lens

Jul 1, 2022

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Meike has announced a new $249 50mm f/0.95 APS-C mirrorless lens

Jul 1, 2022

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Meike has announced their new 50mm f/0.95 manual focus lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. It’s available in five different mounts including Sony E, Fuji X, Canon EF-M, Nikon Z and Micro Four Thirds. With a maximum aperture of f/0.95, it joins the wave of low budget ultra-wide aperture lenses being released lately, and it’s very competitively priced at only $249.

It’s not quite the cheapest of the bunch – that honour goes to TTArtisan at $218 – but when compared to much of the 50mm f/0.95 and similar competition, it’s still a very low price point. The only question is how well it holds up to the competition.

Meike doesn’t say a lot about the lens and they’ve kept its description and specs fairly brief on their website, but it has a maximum aperture of f/0.95, a minimum aperture of f/16 and takes 62mm filters. They haven’t released dimensions for the lens, although it looks fairly compact. It is pretty hefty, though, weighing in at 420g. Meike has provided a few sample images shot with the lens, though.

The lens consists of 7 elements in 5 groups with 13 aperture blades and a minimum focus distance of 45cm. This presents a somewhat interesting look to the bokeh, as you can see in the samples above. In some shots, it looks quite round and normal while in others it’s a kind of a swirly mess of curved… triangles? This is quite common in low-budget lenses of this type and you can see similar bokeh on the TTArtisans 50mm f/0.95, too, although it has a different optical design with a different number of aperture blades.

Meike’s new 50mm f/0.95 is available to buy now for $249 from the Meike website in Sony E, Fuji X, Canon EF-M and Micro Four Thirds mounts. It will be available in Nikon Z, too, although it doesn’t appear to be ready to order at the moment.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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