Meike’s latest release is a medium-telephoto offering and their first autofocus lens
Chinese budget brand Meike has recently unveiled their new 85mm f1.8 medium-telephoto lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony E-Mount, which is also their first autofocus lens. This follows their recent release of 50mm and 25mm lenses for mirrorless systems. However, as Sony Alpha Rumors have pointed out, it’s strange to find on their website that the E-mount version will be for APS-C format, but supports full-frame for the Canon and Nikon mounts.
The new telephoto lens sports an all-metal body and features a multi-layer nano coating on both sides of the lens for more realistic colors. The new 85mm lens also includes a manual focus mode, and boasts a large aperture that produces a smooth blur effect with the foreground in sharp focus. Minimum focus distance will be at 0.85m, aperture range will be f1.8 – f22, and a maximum magnification of 1:1.8. It will also have nine elements in six groups, all in a lightweight and compact package.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly option for transitioning into 85mm and have the functionality to do so both for manual focus and auto focus, this new Meike offering could be a great choice. Also, it would be great to have this affordable lens for full-frame E-mount cameras, but looks like we’ll have to see if the info on their website is just mistranslated, or if a full-frame version for the E-mount will also be released.
There’s no word yet about the lens’ availability and pricing, but it may be up on Amazon soon. In case you’re new to the brand and would like to see their current products on Amazon, you can find them here. The Meike product page for this new lens also tells us more about the lens and its features.
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