Meike releases manual focus 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras (including Canon RF)

Dec 7, 2022

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Meike releases manual focus 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras (including Canon RF)

Dec 7, 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 a new 25mm f/0.95 lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras. It’s a manual focus lens, which means it’s coming in Canon RF mount as well as Canon EF-M, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Sony E and Micro Four Thirds. This isn’t the first 25mm f/0.95 lens on the market, but it is Meike’s first at this focal length and aperture, which should keep Meike lens fans happy.

Being an APS-C lens, it offers a field of view similar to 37.5mm on full-frame. When used on MFT cameras, it’s equivalent to 50mm on full-frame. It has a 13-blade aperture for as round a bokeh as possible with 11 elements in 9 groups and a minimum focus distance of only 25cm. The Sony E mount version has already been released, with the others coming later in December.

There are, of course, other 25mm f/0.95 lenses on the market. 7Artisans 25mm f/0.95 was released in October of last year for Sony E, Canon RF, Canon EF-M, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Micro Four Thirds and uniquely, Canon L mounts. Laowa has also released two 25mm f/0.95 lenses; the Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 for Micro Four Thirds released last January and the Laowa Argus 25mm f/0.95 APS-C CF APO from October of this year for Sony E, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Canon EF-M and Fuji X.

The Meike 25mm f/0.95 has no communications with the body, even for EXIF data to tell the camera what lens is being used. The good news is that this means Canon RF shooters can get one, but the bad news, obviously, is that if you’re regularly switching out lenses, there’s no easy indication as to which images were shot using it when browsing back through the files in Lightroom or whatever.

Focal length25mm
FormatAPS-C
Max aperturef/0.95
Min aperturef/16
Angle of view59.3° APS-C, 47.6° MFT
Optics11 elements in 9 groups
Aperture blades13
Min focus distance25cm
Filter thread62mm
DimensionsUnknown
Weight600g
MountsSony E, Fuji X, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Canon EF-M, Micro Four Thirds

The Meike 25mm f/0.95 APS-C lens is available to buy now for $369 for Sony E mount cameras. Other versions for Fuji X, Nikon Z, Canon RF, Canon EF-M and Micro Four Thirds are expected to go on sale on December 15th, although it looks like they can be pre-ordered on the Meike website.

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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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