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Meike 50 mm f/0.95

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Manufacturer Meike
Model 50 mm f/0.95
Lens style Telephoto
Focal length 50 mm
Maximum aperture f/0.95
Angle of view 32.5 o
Closest focusing distance 0.45 m
Maximum magnification 0.15x
Minimum aperture 16
Number of diaphragm blades 13
Auto focus type MF
Lens Construction 7 elements / 5 groups
Filter diameter 62 mm
Macro No
Available mounts Micro Four Thirds
Sony E
Nikon Z
Fujifilm X
Canon EF-M
Dimensions 0 x 0 mm
Weight 420 g
Additional information Release date - 30.06.2022
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Owners reviews (2)
  1. Kaz
    Kaz 10 February 2024, 11:58
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    IP 24.135.x.x
    Owner since: 1 year
    Price: 220$
    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Non clicked aperture, non constant steps between apertures, haze at and near infinity wide open, some of the ugliest bokeh I\'ve seen on a prime. Slightly out of focus areas look like oil paintings. Stupid front lens cap.

    Pros: Very light at 400g, small size. At shorter distances very good contrast and sharpness (for an f0.95).

    Summary: I really wanted to like this lens, I sold my Kamlan 50mm f1.1 mk2 when it released. On paper it was perfect, 400g, small, decently sharp, and fast aperture. But the ugly bokeh and haze at longer focus distances wide open just kills it for me. I\'m seriously considering going back to the Kamlan 50mm f1.1 MK2. While its heavier, less sharp, it has much nicer OOF areas, which are kind of the point of lenses like these.

  2. BFR
    BFR 6 February 2024, 22:20
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    IP 31.214.x.x
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    User profile: Amateur

    Cons: Challenge to focus at 0.95

    Pros: Sharpness Unique character Price Built quality

    Summary: Introduction The Meike 50mm 0.95 is a manual lens for APS-C. It is available in different mounts (E/ X/ M43/ EFM/ Z mount). I own the sony E mount which I use on my Sony A7IV, with the crop mode. Construction The construction of the lens is extremely good. It is mainly made of metal, both the body and the bayonet. The lens is very compact and solid, but lightweight for its size. It has a a non-clicking diaphragm ring located on the edge of the lens. Its focus ring is not very large, but easy and pleasant to use; The construction of the lens is, overall, excellent. Image quality The image quality of the Meike 50mm 0.95 is very good. Its sweet spot is at around f2, where the sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good, and noticeable in the corners. But also at 0.95 the lens is still sharp. Actually, it is at that aperture where it shows a unique character that I will talk about later. Regarding the flares, they appear frequently in the presence of direct light sources. But they do not ruin the photos at all. In fact, we can get nice flares when shooting in the presence of the sun, so it is a very interesting feature to use on artistic shots. Chromatic aberration and distortion are present, but I do not find them a big deal, especially if we consider the price of the lens. So, overall, the image quality of the lens is very good. The bokeh As said before, the 0.95 Meike’s aperture is what makes this lens unique. Wide open, and up to f2, we get an incredibly soft, creamy, special, and beautiful bokeh. So if we manage to focus the subject properly, which is challenging, we will get a very good isolation of the subject which makes the lens perfect for portraiture, product, street or even macro-kind of photography. Use I would say that the Meike 50mm 0.95 has all good characteristics to be a very interesting portraiture dedicated lens. Its focal length, together with its extremely wide aperture, makes it a very interesting piece of gear for this field. Although it is challenging to focus at f0.95 manually (especially if the subject moves), it allows us to isolate subjects very well getting a special and dreamy out of focus background. At the same time, that extremely wide aperture makes the lens very good to shoot in low light conditions. All that, together with that mentioned special character that it has, makes the lens a very good option for portrait sessions and social acts as weddings, for example. Conclusion The Meike 50mm 0.95 is a unique lens. It’s wide aperture, together with a special character, makes the lens a very good option for those who look for a 50mm manual portrait lens at a budget price. I personally think that is more interesting than its competitors (ex: 7artisans, TTartisan) for its superior image and built quality, character, but also for its compactness at a very similar price.

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