MEIKE 8mm T2.9 Cine Mini Prime Lens Announced

4 days ago
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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Justin kuzmanich
Justin kuzmanich
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3 days ago

We use their 25mm lens daily. It’s amazing on the GH5S and nice and sharp.

Looking forward to seeing how the 8mm performs as it would be nice to match the color as we’re currently using the Panssonic 7-14mm .

Keith Naylor
Keith Naylor
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3 days ago

I am interested in this for sure. Hoping the fisheye effect is not too much.

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