Budget lens manufacturer Meike has announced the release of an ultra-affordable 85mm f/1.8 autofocus lens for Canon EF and Nikon F-mount cameras. This 85mm was first announced about two years ago, but it’s now finally available to purchase through the Meike store at just 190$.
The standard 85mm full-frame lens can be used for a variety of subjects, particularly portraits as the wide f/1.8 aperture and 9 diaphragm blades are designed to produce super smooth rounded bokeh. Meike also says the 85mm lens offers excellent sharpness, low CA and low distortion.
This lens, which is the first autofocus lens Meike has produced, is constructed of nine elements in six groups, and while there are no specialized lens elements to speak of, Meike does include its multi-layer coating to help prevent ghosting and flare.
Features a 67mm filter thread, an aperture range of f/1.8-f/22, has a minimum focusing distance of 85cm (33.5”), and uses a nine-blade aperture diaphragm.
It also has a built-in micro-USB port for updating firmware.
No information is given for the type of autofocus motor included at the moment.
- Aperture Range: f/1.8 – f/22
- Lens Construction: 6 Groups 9 Elements
- Filter Thread Size: 67mm
- Angle of View: 28.5-degrees
- Minimum Focus Distance: 0.85m
- Size: 79 * 75 mm
- Weight: 420g
The lens measures in at 79mm long, 75mm diameter and weighs 420g (14.8oz). The 85mm F1.8 lens is currently listed as available on Meike’s online shop for just $190 (less of 160$ with a discount for Canon EF). It comes with the lens, a lens hood, front/rear caps, and a microfiber pouch for transporting it in.