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MEIKE 8mm T2.9 Cine Mini Prime Lens Announced

October 16th, 2020 Jump to Comment Section 2
MEIKE 8mm T2.9 Cine Mini Prime Lens Announced

Hong Kong-based company MEIKE have just announced the latest addition to their cine line of manual focus prime lenses: Meet the MEIKE 8mm T2.9 cine mini prime lens for M4/3.

This new 8mm ultra wide rectilinear lens expands the already available range of mini primes for the M4/3 mount to a total of 8 focal lengths:

  • ultra wide angle: 8mm T2.9
  • wide angle: 12mm T2.2 / 16mm T2.2 / 25mm T2.2
  • standard: 35mm T2.2 / 50mm T2.2 / 65mm T2.2
  • telephoto: 85mm T2.2
8mm T2.9
image credit: MEIKE

MEIKE 8mm T2.9 M4/3 Cine Mini Prime

MEIKE is known for their very affordable cine lenses and if you’re starting out, telling purely from the specs, these lenses seem to be a decent choice, since they offer proper 0.8 pitched focus and iris rings (the focus ring offers 270° rotation with hard stops).

Full specifications below:

Lens Mount:M4/3
Format:APS-C
Min Focus Dist:25cm
Filter Thread:ø77
Weight:540g
Structure:17 Elements in 12 Groups
Focal Length:8mm
Aperture Range:T2.9-T22
Iris Blades:10
Focus Rotation:270 Degree
Dimensions (Ø x L):Ø 80 × 71.6 mm
FOV on S35 cameras:Diagonal: 108.6°
Horizontal: 96°
Vertical: 80°

Weirdly, the MEIKE 8mm does cover APS-C sensors but it is only available with a M4/3 mount for now. MEIKE lists the following camera bodies as compatible:

  • Olympus mirrorless camera E-P1 E-PL1 E-P2 E-PL2 E-P3 E-PL3 E-PL5 E-PM1 E-PM2 OM-D E-M5 E-P5 OM-D E-M1 OMD-EM10 and other Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras
  • Panasonic Lumix G9 G1 G2 G3 G5 GF1 GF2 GF3 GF5 GF6 GF7 GH1 GH2 GH3 GH5 G6 GX1 GX7 GX8 GH4 GM1 GM5 -D E-M5 E-P5 OM-D E-M1 OMD-EM10 and other Panasonic Lumix Micro M4/3 MFT cameras
  • BMPCC (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera)
BMPCC
image credit: MEIKE

Pricing and Availability

The MEIKE 8mm T2.9 Cine Mini Prime will be available in November this year and will sell for $439.99 (374.56 €).

I think this lineup of affordable cine prime lenses might be worth a closer look since proper cine lenses tend to be very expensive, and sometimes it’s better to have a set of entry-level lenses than no lenses at all. The optical performance of this new 8mm prime is yet to be determined and it won’t compete with higher-end offerings for sure, but again: An affordable option is (way) better than no option at all.

what's in the box
image credit: MEIKE

Link: MEIKE website

What do you think? Is this lens worth a closer look? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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