Providing a natural field of view, the Micro Four Thirds-mount MK-25mm f/1.8 from Meike is a versatile lens, suitable for a range of subjects from portraits to landscapes. The bright f/1.8 maximum aperture enables working in difficult lighting conditions and also offers increased control over depth of field for isolating subject matter with selective focus. Additionally, this manual focus lens permits working with subjects as close as 9.8" away and printed focusing and depth of field scales aid with zone- and pre-focusing techniques.
- Micro Four Thirds System
- 50mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 to f/16
- Manual Focus Design
Meike 25mm f/1.8 Overview
Meike 25mm f/1.8 Specs
|Focal Length||25mm (35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 50mm)|
|Lens Mount||Micro Four Thirds|
|Lens Format Coverage||Micro Four Thirds|
|Angle of View||61°|
|Minimum Focus Distance||9.84" / 25 cm|
|Optical Design||7 Elements in 5 Groups|
|Focus Type||Manual Focus|
|Filter Size||49 mm (Front)|
|Dimensions (ø x L)||2.38 x 1.61" / 60.5 x 40.9 mm|
|Weight||6.7 oz / 190 g|
|Package Weight||0.585 lb|
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)||3.75 x 3.75 x 3.05"|
Meike 25mm f/1.8 Reviews
The best manual focus lens you'll need
I ordered it on a Wednesday and it was at my door on Friday. I took it out for a spin with a friend on that same Saturday and it is now my go-to lens for portraits and scenic photography. Though the lack of autofocus and lack of recording the f-stop on the digital file can be quite daunting (I like keeping log of all the technicalities behind a picture) the pictures this lens takes are breathtaking and it makes it all worth it.
Got this lens for my Olympus Pen F and love it. Quite sharp for my purposes, as I am shooting strictly with the monochrome 2 film simulation setting. Highly recommend.
Fast, cheap, soft, good 4 vid.
For under $100, you can’t really expect a great lens, but if you want something that works well, and you don’t need to handle with white gloves, this one’s not bad. Yes, the flares and ghosting are bad. Yes, the focus at infinity is fudge. Mine makes an intermittent bare metal on bare metal grating feel as you turn through a certain point in the focus, but in the end, you can see through it, it gets shallow DOF, focuses fairly close, and works well in low light for as cheap as it is. Because my sole use for it is video on a bmpcc4k, the un-clicked aperture is a feature. I wouldn’t use it for serious photo, but if I were doing serious photo, I wouldn’t use micro 4/3, either.
Decent sharpness, but does not handle oblique sunlight well.
You can get sharp pictures out of this lens in shade, but in sunlight is another story. The lens is subject to veiling haze, a generalized loss of contrast across the image. The coatings apparently don't help much.
Worth it for the money, but has some annoying problems
I got this lens from B&H about a month ago. I had already owned the Olympus Zuiko 25mm f/1.7 lens when I bought this one, but I got this Meike 25mm f/1.8 for two reasons: (1.) I enjoy the physical experience of turning an aperture ring and a mechanical focus ring and (2.) I prefer to pack less expensive equipment in my bag with me every day, with less worry about breaking it (the Oly 25mm prime would cost three to four times more money to replace if I broke it, and the plastic Oly is very fragile feeling). Its better to have a cheap camera and lens with me, than nothing at all. E.g. Id happily take this lens out on a road bike trip, and I have done so. And let me tell you, this Meike lens is thick, sturdy and heavy. I definitely dont worry about bumping it around. Its solid and retro feeling, its all metal and glass; no plastic that I can see. It gives me the same tactile feeling of confidence as my old 1960s and 1970s Minolta MC lenses. Thats a big plus, for me. And, in daylight with the sun BEHIND you, stopped down between f/8 and f/16, the optics performs very well as far as I can tell. Other good things: The ergonomics are perfect for me - you can feel the focus and aperture rings really distinctly and they turn with a nice steady amount of resistance. It looks and feels like an expensive Voigtlander lens, which was definitely on purpose. The MFT mount is very solid smooth and secure, no wiggles. Images are as sharp as Id ever want when stopped down, at least on my 16 megapixel Oly PEN E-PL8 camera. I have not found any chromatic aberration to be a problem, unless your all the way wide open, and even then its not a big deal and only in the worst circumstances. Sounds great, right? I would say so, if it werent for some seriously annoying problems: 1. The infinity focus mark, at least on the micro four thirds mount lens that I received, is WAY past actual infinity focus. In practice this means that a big portion of the focus throw is not usable. Okay thats not a big deal but annoying. The BIG problem from this, for me: cranking the lens out to infinity should *just work* by feel, IMHO, and let you snap infinity shots without fussing around with magnifying and focus peaking to get the focus right. However, I cant rely on feel or focus ring marks for any preset focus points on this lens. For every shot you have to mess with optimizing the focus visually. This leads to my second complaint: 2. You cannot use the distance markings on the lens focus ring for zone focusing. The distance markings are so very wrong that theyre pointless. This is on micro four thirds, I dont know about APS-C mounts. 3. Major GLARE with backlit subjects! If there is any source of light in front of me, Ive gotten big obnoxious yellow blobs of glare in the center of the shot. This glare is the most obvious with back-lit subjects, for which I consistently have lost a ton of contrast and get terrible looking photos. If fill flash is the look youre going for, you can use a fill flash to compensate for the problem on close-up subjects, but that creates a totally different kind of photo and exposure. None of my other vintage or new lenses have this much of a glare problem from back-lighting; it seems to be unique to the Meike. Ive been shooting with a nice (and new & clean) B&W UV filter on, as I do with any other lens. 4. Contrast, in any shot, is low. Shots are significantly more washed out than with nicer lenses. This includes comparing to my Oly 25mm f/1.7 and my old Minolta MC 28mm f/2.8 on an adapter. 5. This last point is nit-picky, but the aperture ring creates a noticeable scraping noise and grinding feeling when you turn it. Not a big deal and I wouldnt have brought it up because the lens was so inexpensive, and the aperture still works fine, but I have a 55mm f/1.4 7artisans lens of the same price that does not have this problem and actually has a nice smooth feeling aperture ring. It doesnt affect photos, but it does affect your impressions of manufacturing quality while youre using it. I would have preferred a clicky aperture ring but I realize that the video crowd loves the smooth aperture adjustments so thats fine.
love the fact that this lens is manual...gave me room to learn how to use all aspect of manual focusing on the Sony a6000... the images are crisp and sharp..love the feel of the lens and the weight of it...
Worth every penny
Great lens for the price and out performs the pz 16-50. Built like a tank and focus ring is has a lot of travel to allow better focus. My favorite part about this lens is how small and compact it is. Wish they made a full frame version.
Amazing value I did not expect
Put this on a Sony a5100 for streaming and the quality is phenominal compared to the kit lens. Works great in low light conditions
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