|Format: APS-C (crop)|
Type: Prime lens
Focusing: Manual Focus (MF)
Lens mounts: Micro 4/3, Sony E, Nikon CX, FujiFilm XF, Canon EF-M
First year of production: 2016
Optical design: 6 elements 5 groups
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Average price: $80
44°20` diag / 36,5° gor
really 9, not 8 blades
Meike 1.7/35 MC is normal prime lens for APS-C mirrorles cameras.
From Hong Kong Meike Digital Technology, Meike means “beauty” (Mei) and “technology” (Ke) and immediately the lenses remind us of how small and light manual focus optics used to be. The lens is of metal construction and highly reminiscent of the Asahi Pentax Super-Takumar lenses of the 1960s. Focusing is by helical thread, the whole optical unit extending forwards as we focus closer. The front element does not rotate, so use of polarising and graduated filters is much easier. The six element in five groups optics are multi-coated, closest focus is 1 foot (0.3m) and the lens takes inexpensive 49mm thread filters. Maximum magnification is 0.113x. The diaphragm has 9 blades. Finally, the lens weighs just 172g. The lens is marked as suitable for APS-C format. Accordingly, it is also available for other CSCs including Sony E mount, Canon EOS M mount, Nikon 1 series and Fujifilm X mount. The overall look of the images is very good, with nice colour, lovely bokeh and very well controlled CA. Flare is well under control, the lens handling light sources within the field of view extremely well. Sharpness starts off at a very good level centrally at f/1.7, becoming excellent between f/2.8 and f/8. The edges are very soft, with only fair sharpness at all apertures apart from f/8 where it does peak at a very good level.
The Meike 35mm f/1.7 lens is a well made, attractive optic in a very traditional way. It is totally manual in every respect and as such needs some care in use to get the best out of it. Purists may love this lens and will be rewarded with excellent central sharpness, but really quite soft edges to the images and this may suit portraiture.
Posted by: buslig22 Date of publication: 23.01.2017