About one and a half months ago Meike announced a 25mm F0.95 lens and three additional prime lenses for almost all mirrorless camera mounts – even Nikon 1. ePhotozine has posted a review of the of the micro 4/3 version of the 25mm F0.95 lens. The verdict reads as follows:
Of course, we have to accept that this is a manual focus lens, which will not be to everyone’s taste, but if we are prepared to live with that then we end up with a very desirable lens. It is sharp, albeit not at the edges until f/2, in the centre outstandingly sharp, there is no trace of flare, CA is well under control and the price very reasonable for what we are getting. We can add to that the creative possibilities for stills and movies of that f/0.95 aperture and it makes a good case for giving the Meike 25mm f/0.95 serious consideration.
Not bad, right? But wait, it gets even better! With a price in USA and EU of around 500 to 550 bucks respectively, the Meike MK-E 25mm F0.95 costs considerably less than its nearest competitors – the Voigtlander 25mm f/0.95 Nokton Aspherical and SLR Magic Hyper Prime 25mm f/0.95. The price seems reasonable even when comparing it to the Panasonic Leica DG Summilux 25mm f/1.4 ASPH. You lose AF, but you do get that extra stop of light. If I didn’t have the Pana Leica already and if I wasn’t very happy with its performance, I would be seriously considering the new Meike prime lens.
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