Catering to image-makers looking for a truly distinct look, the MK-6.5mm f/2 Circular Fisheye Lens from Mieke is a Sony E-mount lens providing a 9.75mm equivalent focal length. Its fisheye design realizes an impressive 190° angle of view along with a unique circular image shape and strong distortion for a surreal quality. Individual lens elements feature a multi-layer nano coating to control surface reflections, flare, and ghosting in order to realize a high degree of contrast and color accuracy, even when working in bright and backlit conditions.
- E-Mount Lens/APS-C Format
- 9.75mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/2 to f/22
- Multi-Layer Nano Coating
Meike 6.5mm f/2 Circular Fisheye Overview
Meike 6.5mm f/2 Circular Fisheye Specs
6.5mm (35mm Equivalent: 9.75mm)
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
|Minimum Focus Distance|
Not Specified by Manufacturer
6 Elements in 5 Groups
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
2.4 x 2.03" / 61 x 51.5 mm
10.58 oz / 300 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
3.85 x 3.8 x 3.4"
Meike 6.5mm f/2 Circular Fisheye Reviews
I had high hopes for this, and always wanted to try a fisheye. It was inexpensive, and that is great, because it's not really that useful. Admittedly, I haven't has a lot of opportunity to use it. I do get really sharp pictures from it, but it's hard to focus. My eyes aren't great, and with small mirrorless viewfinders, it's hard for me to focus this manually. Truth be told, I've given up on focusing by eye with this. I just experiment with test shots at each mark on the focus ring, and try to use these as a rule of thumb based on subject distance - but it feels like guessing, and I miss focus/shots. Also, the aperture ring has no detents (how is that even possible?) - so it is nearly impossible to not accidentally change the aperture between shots. You have to basically check it before every shot. In fairness, I read about this before I bought it, but in practical use, it's far worse than I expected. It is what it is. It's cheap, and if you conceive/compose the correct shot, don't forget to recheck your aperture, and luck out on your focus setting, you can get a tack-sharp circular fisheye photo. If I could do it over, I'd be willing to spend a lot more and look for an AF fisheye for Fuji or for my Canon M system. I doubt I'd buy this again, but for $100, it was worth a try.
Pretty good lens
I use it with a SonyA7III, and I get a full circle image; which is what I wanted. All I have to do is push in a little to get it to fit the frame fully. It’s manual and it’s actually pretty sharp and an interesting toy lens to play with.
Focus is soft
Focus is soft. Stars are blurred in night pictures. It is more like a lens for a surveillance camera than a photographer’s lens
Used as All sky camera lens
Non clicking Aperture ring. Heavy and solid. On canon apsc the edges of the field of view just clip the top and bottom of frame. Seems sharp even around open aperture. Amazing something like this exists at this price
Only works with apcs. I am not a big fan of this lens. It’s hard to focus and is all manual. I wouldn’t but did. Fish eye is a fish eye and they are rarely used
Good lens, especially for the price
Good lens for the price. It's completely made from metal, everything is tight in place. The focus is a little too tight for my liking but a little use will loosen it up. You have to be conscious about the 190° capturing angle though, its very easy to capture the hand on the focus ring or your feet. I highly recommend this lens. The pictures were taken with a Sony Alpha 6000.
Fun to uses
Fun to use along with my rectangular 8mm fisheye. My is a little off center. The one I had before cropped a little on both sides though. Using photoshop elliptical marque tool in full circle mode, I crop just a tad to get a full perfect circle, but I am picky. Do wish it passed on the aperture used - thus four stars. In a slide show I use fisheye images sparingly, but they add a little interest to the show at times.
Found this lens used here for about $100....it certainly provided more than 100 dollars of entertainment and fun learning how best to compose shots and use it. You can crop pretty nice 4x5 format from the center and still have decent resolution. Mechanicals are good, but it is easy to accidentally change the aperture since it is not click stopped...but a minor issue...it just makes you actually pay attention to what you are doing which is what we all could benefit from a bit.
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