Meike launches a 16mm T2.5mm full-frame cine lens for PL, EF, RF E and L mounts

Jul 5, 2022

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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.

Meike launches a 16mm T2.5mm full-frame cine lens for PL, EF, RF E and L mounts

Jul 5, 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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This one slipped by us the other day when Meike announced their new low-budget 50mm f/0.95 APS-C lens for mirrorless cameras, but the company has also announced the new Meike FF Prime 16mm T2.5 Cine lens, too. This full-frame lens offers a maximum aperture of T2.5 that goes all the way down to T22, covers a full-frame sensor with a 96° horizontal field of view, and comes in a variety of mounts.

The new lens brings Meike’s Cine lens line up to seven lenses in total (six that actually exist so far), including the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm 85mm and 105mm T2.1 and the yet-to-be-released 135mm T2.4 lenses, rounding out the range quite nicely with the new ultrawide. There’s still no word yet on when we’ll see the 135mm T2.4.

Fitting in with the rest of the Meike FF Prime cine lens lineup, the 16mm T2.5 features an 86mm front filter thread and a 90mm diameter for fitting to standard matte boxes. It also sports the usual MOD 0.8 gears for both focus and aperture as we’d expect for connecting to a follow focus or focus motor. On full-frame it offers a horizontal field of view of 96° and 70.8° on Super 35mm/APS-C.

Focal Length 16mm
Lens Mount PL, Canon EF, Canon RF, Sony E, Leica L
FormatFull Frame
Image Circle45 mm
Maximum T-Stop T22
Minimum T-StopT2.5
Minimum Focus Distance from Image Plane30cm
Optical Design 16 Elements in 11 Groups
Iris Blades 11
Gear MODFocus: 0.8 MOD
Iris: 0.8 MOD
Front Diameter 90 mm
Filter Thread 86 mm
Focus Rotation330°
Iris RotationUnspecified
Electronic CommunicationNo
Weight1,111-1,185g

One thing that will be very welcome to cine lens users is the huge 330-degree throw on that focus ring. With a minimum focus distance of only 30cm, that should help to provide a lot of control over exactly where you want to place that focus point. Of course, being a 16mm lens, you’re only going to going to get that control out to a few feet before it clocks into hyperfocal. But within those few feet, it offers a lot of precision.

The Meike FF Prime 16mm T2.5 Cine lens is available to pre-order now for $1,199 – this may be a pre-order price only – on the Meike website in PL, EF, RF, E and L mount options. It’s expected to start shipping at the end of the month.

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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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