Budget cine lens maker Meike has announced their third full-frame cine prime – the new Meike 85mm T2.1, which will be shipping in early May.
The compact size and weight of just over 1100g makes this new 85mm T2.1 prime a solid proposition for any video professional or enthusiast looking expand their lens arsenal.
The Meike 85mm T2.1 covers full-frame sensors and will be available in popular lens mounts including Canon EF, RF, Sony E as well as industry standard PL. Leica L mount is also included for those using Panasonic full-frame cameras.
Meike Lenses – Trio of Full-Frame Cine Primes, Now Available
Furthermore, the new Meike 85mm T2.1 has a minimum focus distance of 85cm, an 11-blade aperture for some smooth bokeh and an advanced optical formula. And judging by the quality of the existing 35mm and 50mm, the new 85mm looks promising.
In the past couple of years the industry has seen a serious influx of budget cine primes manufacturers entering the marketplace – from Sigma to Samyang, DZOFilm, and Meike to name just a few.
While Sigma entered the market at what would be considered mid-range price point today, the new Meike cine primes are priced at just around $1K a piece, which is more than a bargain. Of course, you have to do your own tests and evaluate each lens, but just from a value proposition standpoint the Meike lenses offer outstanding value.
New 85mm T2.1 Joins the FF Cine Prime Line-up
At the moment these three represent the budget maker’s full-frame cine prime line-up, which is expected to grow with 4 more lenses this year.
The rest of the Meike Full-Frame Cine range will include a 16mm, 24mm, 105mm, and a 135mm all at T2.1.
Check out this demo footage below shot on the a7s III by Vulcanworx Productions:
- Sensor Coverage: 35mm Full-Frame
- Image Circle: 45cm
- Optical Construction: 14 Elements in 8 Groups
- Aperture Range: T2.1 – T22
- Number of Iris Blades: 11
- Minimum Focus Distance: 85cm
- Focus Distance (Travel): 330 degrees
- Front Filter Thread: 82mm
- Weight: 1107 to 1170g
- Available Lens Mounts:
- PL, Canon EF, Canon RF, Sony E, Leica L
- Pricing: $998 USD
- Launch Promo Price: $968
- Shipping: May 10th, 2021
What’s the Price? And when will it be shipping?
According to Meike their new 85mm T2.1 FF cine prime is due to ship May 10th.
The lens will be priced at $998 USD upon release, and you can pre-order it for a limited time at $968 ($30 off regular price).
In addition, Meike is also offering all their currently available FF cine primes in a bundle (35mm T2.1, 50mm T2.1, and 85mm T2.1) for $2880, which saves you a bit of money.
To pre-order and check out the rest of the Meike lineup head over to their website.