Meike Unveils New 12mm f/2 APS-C Manual Lens

Camera gear manufacturer Meike has announced the release of a new 12mm f/2.0 manual lens for APS-C mirrorless camera systems. With a motto of “realize your vision,” Meike says it has set out to fulfill that by offering less costly gear that enables content creators to focus more on art and less on saving up for expensive equipment. The company was founded in Hong Kong and has branch offices and factories in mainland China. Since its founding in 2005, Meike has focused mainly on producing camera accessories, including camera cages, camera grips, flash attachments, and other gear but has recently shifted to creating optics for a variety of camera mounts.

The lens, which is fully manual and not at all chipped, is constructed of 12 elements in nine groups, including two aspherical lenses. It has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm, uses a 62mm front filter thread, and has an aperture range of f/2 through f/16. Meike did not provide any information on how many blades its aperture diaphragm is made from nor if there are any other specialized optics in its construction.

The company offers a lineup of cinema-grade professional prime lenses, as well as an expanding offering of consumer-grade photography lenses, all of which Meike says, are designed to arrive at an affordable price. “Releasing mini prime cine lens series is a good start for us,” states the about us page at Meike.com. “Then we started moving towards Super 35 frame and full-frame cine lens series and everything goes really well.” Moving into the consumer space, Meike has begun offering a series of full-frame, APS-C, and Micro Four Thirds cameras.

The new 12mm f/2 is available for Sony E-mount APS-C cameras, Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, and Micro Four Thirds at $189.

More info on Meike’s website.

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