New Meike 85mm f1.8 is the Company’s First Autofocus Lens

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.

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Lomography’s Petzval Lens is Now Available for Pre-Order

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In July, Lomography partnered up Zenit and launched a Kickstarter project to recreate the original Petzval lens, a 19th century invention by Hungarian mathematician Joseph Petzval. This Kickstarter really took the cake: we’re talking about over $300,000 more than its original goal in just a month. Four months, 3,379 backers, and a whopping $1,396,149 later the company is shipping out the first 500 lenses to its backers and now has made them available to the public for pre-order.

To recap, a Petzval lens is designed to deliver a unique optical effect, producing photos with a sharp center and a swirly outer area along with vignetting added into the mix. While claiming to keep the trademark Petzval look and to deliver the same optical effect as its 1800s counterpart, this newer version is sleeker and smaller–built to fit with our modern-day SLRs. With a focal length of 85mm and a maximum aperture of f2.2 (as opposed to the original’s f3.5), it features a gear rack focusing mechanism for videographers, uses the traditional Waterhouse aperture system, and has a field view of 30°.

Lomography’s Petzval lens includes seven aperture plates (since it’s using the Waterhouse system) and four additional experimental aperture plates. You will also get a leather case and some other goodies for $599 for a brass version and for $100 more for the black version. You can get them with either a Canon EF or a Nikon F mount. They’re available for pre-order now with an estimated delivery date of May 2014.

Review: Digital Holga Lens (Canon DSLRs)

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Lomos and Holgas are all the rage now, as digital photography advances ever forward and all users want is to ironically go back to the retro-age. To be fair, I’ve become quite the Lomo and film addict myself since I joined The Phoblographer. Our friends at Photojojo wanted to hook us up with both the luxuries of digital shooting as well as the iconic image results of a Holga camera. The solution: the Digital Holga Lens. Nothing more than the same Holga lens you’d find on the classic plastic camera, the Digital Holga lens lets you mount it on to your Canon or Nikon DSLR for the same lo-fi effect.

Skip on down past the break for our full review with plenty of sample images.

 

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Field Review: Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE (Day 2 – Getting to Know the Lens)

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When I’m testing a product for The Phoblographer, I like to take at least a day or two to familiarize myself with the product before I really start shooting. I guess you could equate it to test driving a car. You want to make sure you know how everything works before you make any decisions. In this post I’ll be sharing some photos and my thoughts after using the Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 35mm F/1.4 ZE for a few days.

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