Review MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C)

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MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E). increase.

Navigation

  1. In short
  2. All Meike Lenses
  3. Main Specifications
  4. Assembly
  5. What is the actual aperture ratio (T-stop) at f / 0.95?
  6. Focusing
  7. Image quality
  8. Sample photos (with sources)
  9. My experience
  10. Alternatives
  11. All Sony APS-C E-mount cameras
  12. All original lenses for Sony APS-C E
  13. Price
  14. Video review
  15. Results
  16. User Comments
  17. Add your review or question on the lens

Please note that the MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated lens is available with different mounts. This review shows the MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated version for mirrorless cameras Sony E with APS-C sensor. At the same time, MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated is also available with mounts Canon EF-MCanon RF-S, Nikon Z, Fujifilm x и Micro 4 / 3 (for some reason not for Leica l).

In this review, I will refer to MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated as Meike 35/0.95 for short.

because of martial law in Ukraine this review helped me prepare Anna Anuttara. Some exterior photos taken from Meike official website.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

In short

Meike 35 / 0.95 - modern manual (manual focus only) particularly fast fixed focal length lens for mirrorless cameras with APS-C or Micro 4/3 sensor. The lens was announced in October 2022. First of all, Meike 35/0.95 is aimed at creative and everyday photo and video shooting. At F / 0.95, the lens is good in the center of the frame with minor reservations.

35 mm focal length for cameras with APS-C sensor is considered a standard focal length and is suitable for a huge number of photo tasks, usually such a focal length allows you to use the lens as a standard solution for almost every day. True, the most convenient regular fix for every day for cameras with an APS-C sensor is something from the category of 23-24-25 mm, by type felttrox 23/1.4AF, Carl Zeiss Sonnar E 1,8/24 ZA T*, or 7Artisans 25mm 1: 0.95.

Meike 35/0.95 interesting very low price (it's one of the cheapest f/0.95 lenses of its kind), good build quality, plenty of aperture blades, and a maximum aperture of 1:0.95. Separately, it should be noted that the relative aperture of 1: 0.95 is not entirely 'honest' and gives light transmission in the area T / 1.3-T / 1.4.

Among the shortcomings are the standard optical problems inherent in such inexpensive high-aperture optics, first of all - very low resolution in the corners and edges of the frame at close focusing distances, a very large amount of glare in the back and side light.

Aperture F / 0.95 five steps wider aperture F / 5.6, which is used in some 'dark' standard lenses. Each step gives a twofold increase in aperture ratio: 1 -> 1.4 -> 2 -> 2.8 -> 4 -> 5.6. In numerical terms, this means that Meike 35 / 0.95 should be 35 times lighterthan stock lens Sony 16-50mm f / 3.5-5.6 PZ OSS, which at 35 and 50 mm focal lengths uses a maximum aperture ratio of only 1:5.6. The calculation in the difference in relative aperture (count aperture ratio) is elementary: (5.6 * 5.6) / (0.95 * 0.95) \u35d XNUMX. Other things being equal, this allows you to shoot at ISO values ​​or excerpts, which are 35 times smaller than those required when using a lens Sony 16-50mm f / 3.5-5.6 PZ OSS. For example, other things being equal, ISO 3200 can be used instead of ISO 100.

Most likely Meike 35/0.95 is not a copy 7Artisans 35mm 1: 0.95 (for APS-C, series 7Artisans FireFly and its clones by type Risepray 35mm F / 0.95). Lenses have different optical schemes and many other basic technical characteristics.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)


All Meike Photo Lenses:

For APS-C/MFT, manual focus only:

  1. 3.5mm 1: 2.8 Circular Fisheye [only M4 / 3]
  2. 6.5mm 1: 2 Circular Fisheye [E, Z, X, EF-M, M4 / 3, N1]
  3. 7.5mm 1:2.8 Fisheye (overview) [E, Z, X, EF-M, M4/3]
  4. 8mm 1: 3.5 FISH-EYE CS [E, Z + F, EF]
  5. 8mm 1: 2.8 [only M4 / 3]
  6. 10mm 1: 2 [E, Z, X, EF-M, M4/3]
  7. 12mm 1: 2 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  8. 12mm 1: 2.8 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  9. 25mm 1: 2 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  10. 25mm 1:1.8(overview) [E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3, N1]
  11. 25mm 1:0.95 [IS]
  12. 28mm 1: 2.8 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  13. 35mm 1: 1.7 [E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3, N1]
  14. 35mm 1:1.4(overview)  [E, X, EF-M, Z, M4 / 3, N1]
  15. 35mm 1:0.95 (overview)  [E, X, EF-M, RF-S, M4/3]
  16. 50mm 1: 2 [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  17. 50mm 1:0.95 (overview) [E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  18. 6-11mm 1: 3.5 Fisheye [EF / EF-S and F + E, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]

Full frame (also suitable for crop):

  1. 8mm 1: 3.5 Fisheye [F and EF / EF-S + E / FE, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  2. 50mm 1: 1.7 [Z, E / FE, RF + X]
  3. 50mm 1:1.2 [Z, FE, RF, EF, L]
  4. 85mm 1: 2.8 Macro [F and EF / EF-S + Z, E / FE, X, EF-M, M4 / 3]
  5. 85mm 1: 1.8 [for Sony E, manual]
  6. 85mm 1: 1.8 [for Sony E, autofocus2022]
  7. 85mm 1:1.8(overview) [for Nikon F, autofocus2020]
  8. 85mm 1:1.8(overview) [for Canon EF, autofocus2018]

Video Lenses:

  1. 12mm T / 2.2 [M4 / 3]
  2. 16mm T / 2.2 [E, X, M4 / 3]
  3. 25mm T / 2.2 [E, X, M4 / 3]
  4. 35mm T / 2.2 [E, X, M4 / 3]
  5. 35mm T / 2.1 [PL, RF, EF, L, E] Full Frame
  6. 50mm T / 2.2 [E, X, M4 / 3]
  7. 50mm T / 2.1 [PL, RF, EF, L, E] Full Frame
  8. 65mm T / 2.2 [E, X, M4 / 3]
  9. 85mm T / 2.2 [E, X, M4 / 3]

Mounts:

  1. E: Sony E, APS-C, mirrorless
  2. FE: Fony FE, Full Frame, Mirrorless
  3. X: Fujifilm X, APS-C, mirrorless
  4. Ef-m: Canon EF-M, APS-C, mirrorless
  5. RF-S: Canon RF-S, APS-C, mirrorless
  6. Ef-s: Canon EF-S, APS-C, SLR
  7. M4 / 3: Micro 4/3, Kf = 2.0, mirrorless
  8. N1: Nikon 1, Kf = 2.7, mirrorless
  9. F: Nikon F, Full Frame or APS-C, SLR
  10. Z: Nikon Z, Full Frame or APS-C, mirrorless
  11. EF: Canon EF, Full Frame, SLR
  12. RF: Canon RF, Full Frame, Mirrorless

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

Main technical characteristics of MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated:

Review Instance Name From the side of the front lens: MEIKE 35mm F0.95 52 1.3ft/0.39 Multi Coated

Body: MADE IN CHINA

E-Mount Side + Serial Number

On the box: Meike 35mm F/0.95 Multi Coated APS-C

Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm
Focal length 35 mm

Zoom ratio 1 X (this is a fixed lens, it does not have a zoom)
Designed by Option from the review for cropped mirrorless Sony cameras.

This lens exists with mounts:

Number of aperture blades 13 rounded petals
Tags
  • bayonet mount mark
  • focus distance scale in meters (white 'm' marks) and feet (red 'ft' marks). Available values ​​in meters: 0.39, 0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 meters and infinity mark
  • depth of field scale for f / 2.8, 4, 8, 11, 16
  • aperture scale on aperture ring
Diaphragm F / 0.95 to F / 16, controlled by aperture control ring.

There are marks for F / 0.95, 1.2, 1.4, 2.0, 2.8, 4, 5.6 (dot), 8, 11 (dot), 16.

The aperture control ring rotates without clicking, smoothly. Any intermediate value can be set.

MDF 0.39 meters, maximum magnification ratio approx. 1:10
The weight
  • 380 grams (according to the official site)
Optical design 10 elements in 7 groups

Optical design not found

Lens hood Must be screwed into the front filter thread; marking unknown
Manufacturer country MADE IN CHINA - Made in China
Period Announced October 24 2022
Price

The creative potential of such a lens is difficult to overestimate. It is suitable for a very wide range of photographic tasks. Amateur photographers often use it as a portrait lens, but still Meike 50 / 0.95 will be better. Many people just want a fast prime in addition to their 'whale' lens.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

Assembly

The lens came to the review completely new, in a sealed box. The box contains the lens itself with front and rear caps and a small instruction manual. The design of the box is stylish and beautiful.

In general, the lens very well assembled... Meike 35 / 0.95 has metal mount for bayonet, and the lens case itself is completely made of metal, anodized aluminum is used.

All marks and labels on lenses engraved.

The front lens cap is plastic, without latches, just fits snugly against the body frame. There is a special fabric seal on the inside of the lid. The cover is fixed tightly. Removing and installing the cover is pleasant.

The weight of the Meike 35 / 0.95 lens itself is almost 400 grams. In the hands of the lens feels like a solid thing.

The diameter of the filters is 52 mm. Meike 35/0.95 itself is small, well suited for small Sony cameras with an APS-C sensor.

The diaphragm consists of 13 (thirteen!) petals and forms a round hole at any value, while in the photographs in the blur zone, rather round disks of blur are obtained at any aperture value. The diaphragm can only be controlled manually using a special ring. Aperture ring rotates smoothly no clicks and fixed values, you can set any intermediate value in the range of F / 0.95-F / 16, which is very useful during movie shooting.

It's important: unlike other lenses, where the aperture ring rotates with clicks, and the transition between any pairs of aperture numbers has the same step, the step between pairs of Meike 35 / 0.95 numbers is always different. It shrinks from F/0.95 to F/16. This makes it difficult to conveniently and quickly set values ​​from F / 1.4 to F / 16. And for the F / 5.6 and F / 11 marks, there was no place on the scale at all (dots are used instead of the numbers F / 5.6 and F / 11).

It's important: aperture control ring is located from the front of the lens, behind the focus ring. This arrangement of the aperture ring is quite convenient.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

What is the actual aperture ratio (T-stop) at f / 0.95?

The light transmission of the lens is expressed 'T' steps. It is this value that is considered to be the 'real' indicator of lens aperture. Typically, T-stops (T-stops) are linked to aperture stops (F-stops). Quality lenses have pretty close numbers around 'T' and 'F'. The light transmission of Meike 35/0.95 at F/0.95 is in the region T / 1.3-1.4. Typically, this light transmission is characteristic of lenses with F / 1.2. I have already seen similar behavior with the lens 7Artisans 35mm 1: 0.95.

I came to these conclusions by comparing the readings exposure paired with other especially fast manual lenses for mirrorless cropped cameras: Meike 50 / 0.95 и 7Artisans 25 / 0.95 (lens type).

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

Focusing

The focus ring is quite wide, metal, ribbed with fine notches. The ring rotates approximately 90 degrees (about 1/4 of a full turn). The focus ring is poorly stretched in the range from 1 meter to infinity. Focusing is smooth and pleasant.

It's important: after successful focusing, when trying to set the desired aperture value, you can easily touch the focusing ring, which rotates very easily, and thereby knock down precise focusing.

During focusing, the trunk of the lens does not move forward and does not rotate. During focusing, the front lens moves, but in the middle of the lens barrel. We can talk about virtual internal focusing. Most likely, the lens does not have an image quality correction system at close focusing distances.

On the ring there is a scale with a focusing distance in meters and feet and a depth of field scale. The minimum focusing distance is 39 centimeters and the maximum magnification ratio is approximately 1:10.

Meike 35 / 0.95 has weak effect 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards the MDF, the viewing angle decreases slightly.

Focus Shift (shift focus, change in focusing distance due to aperture) is missing.

Hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) for fast and accurate infinity aiming under all operating temperatures no. The sample from the review has a small infinity flight in the extreme position of the focusing ring.

Focus peaking with the Sony NEX-F3 at f/0.95 works well even with the Peaking level set to low.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

Image quality

Meike 35/0.95 is generally good, although it has obvious serious problems. At F / 0.95, the lens produces good sharpness in the center of the frame.

Sharpness

  1. resolution slightly depends on the focusing distance, the lens is optimized for long and medium focusing distances, does not have a system of floating elements to avoid image quality changes at different focusing distances
  2. at F / 0.95 resolution in the center of the frame is high at medium and long focusing distances and 'below average' at close focusing distances
  3. after F / 2, excellent resolution is achieved in the center of the frame at any focusing distance
  4. there is a severe coma
  5. there is a very strong drop in resolution to the edges and corners of the image
  6. far corners of the frame return to normal only at f / 11

Distortion

  1. there is a noticeable barrel-shaped distortion
  2. easily fixable in the editor

Vignette

  1. a little vignetting at F / 0.95 (which was very, very surprised)
  2. vignetting decreases with focus towards MDF. Most noticeable when focusing on infinity
  3. vignetting almost completely disappears at values ​​after F / 2
  4. vignetting easily fixable in the editor

Aberration

  1. tangible chromatic aberration all over the frame
  2. chromatic aberration decrease slightly after closing the aperture to F / 2.8
  3. the strongest chromatic aberration traceable at the corners and edges of the image
  4. strong milling

Rest

  1. on heavily covered apertures, it is easy to get the effect of the rays of a star, however, the star is weakly expressed
  2. from bright light sources you can get a lot of glare (example) it very serious problem this lens
  3. bokeh is pleasant in many cases, but is often ruined by the 'flattening' of the blur discs at the edges and corners of the image. Bokeh slightly curled

Important: at the time of writing this review, there was no Meike 35/0.95 profile for popular RAW converters. You can create a profile yourself or wait for its release.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

Sample Photos

Photos for this review helped me prepare Anna Anuttara. All photos in the review are shown without processing. Sony NEX F3 camera (16 MP Sony Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor) was used.

Original images in JPEG ('.JPG') can view and / or download from this link (60+ photos, Google Drive cloud).

It's important: electronic front curtain shutter Sony NEX F3 badly spoiled bokeh at wide apertures and shutter speeds shorter than 1/1000 second, the causes of this problem are described here. The lens is not to blame, a purely feature of the Sony NEX F3 electronic front curtain shutter. With a fully mechanical shutter, this problem can be avoided (the Sony NEX F3 can also use a fully mechanical shutter).

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

My experience

According to my observation, Meike 35 / 0.95 is significantly better in the center of the frame at F / 0.95 of its main competitor - 7Artisans 35mm 1: 0.95 (for APS-C, 7Artisans FireFly series) and all its clones by type Risepray 35mm F / 0.95.

In general, I would recommend an inexpensive autofocus lens for cropped mirrorless cameras - Viltrox 33 / 1.4 AF (available for all popular mounts: Canon EF-Mfujifilm xNikon Z и Sony E). Sometimes Viltrox 33 / 1.4 AF can be found on sale for about $250, which is not much more expensive than the Meike 35/0.95.

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

Alternatives for EF-M, Z, E, X, M4 / 3:

There are few alternatives for Meike 35/0.95:

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)

MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C, Sony E)


All Sony E-mount cameras with APS-C sensor


All Sony E lenses for APS-C

Fix Lenses:

  1. Sony 11 mm f / 1.8 [2022, black, AliExpress price]
  2. Sony 15 mm f / 1.4 G [2022, black, AliExpress price]
  3. Sony 16 mm f / 2.8 [2010, silver, AliExpress price]
  4. Sony 20 mm f / 2.8 [2013, silver, AliExpress price]
  5. Sony 24 mm f / 1.8 ZEISS ZA [2011, black]
  6. Sony 30 mm f / 3.5 MACRO [2011, silver, AliExpress price]
  7. Sony 35 mm f / 1.8 U.S.S [2012, black, AliExpress price]
  8. Sony 50 mm f / 1.8 U.S.S [2011, black/silver, AliExpress price]

Zoom Lenses:

  1. Sony 10-18 mm f / 4 U.S.S [2012, black, AliExpress price]
  2. Sony 10-20 mm f / 4 G PZ [2022, black, AliExpress price]
  3. Sony 16-50 mm f / 3.5-5.6 PZ U.S.S [2012, black/silver, AliExpress price]
  4. Sony 16-55 mm f / 2.8 G [2019, black, AliExpress price]
  5. Sony 16-70 mm f / 4 U.S.S ZEISS ZA [2013, black, AliExpress price]
  6. Sony 18-50 mm f / 4-5.6 [2014, black]
  7. Sony 18-55 mm f / 3.5-5.6 U.S.S [2010, black/silver, AliExpress price]
  8. Sony 18-105 mm f / 4 G PZ U.S.S [2013, black, AliExpress price]
  9. Sony 18-110 mm f / 4 G PZ U.S.S [2016, black]
  10. Sony 18-135 mm f / 3.5-5.6 U.S.S [2018, black, AliExpress price]
  11. Sony 18-200 mm f / 3.5-6.3 U.S.S [2010, silver, AliExpress price]
  12. Sony 18-200 mm f / 3.5-6.3 U.S.S LE [2012, black, AliExpress price]
  13. Sony 18-200 mm f / 3.5-6.3 PZ U.S.S [2012, black]
  14. Sony 55-210 mm f / 4.5-6.3 U.S.S [2011, black/silver, AliExpress price]
  15. Sony 70-350 mm f/4.5–6.3 G U.S.S [2019, black, AliExpress price]

Third-party autofocus lenses for Sony E APS-C:

Many interesting manual solutions are provided by Chinese manufacturers and brands. 7Artisans, TTartisan, Meike, Neewer, PerGear, Kamlan, Brightin star, Mitakon Zhongyi, Venus laowa other. Autofocus Speed ​​Boosters are also interesting Viltrox Canon EF -> Sony E 0.71X и Metabones Canon EF -> Sony E 0.71X... List of full-frame cameras and lenses Sony FE (Full Frame E) here

Price

Meike 35 / 0.95 worth around $ 250. The easiest way buy Meike 35/0.95 on Aliexpress.comFor example, here.

Video review


Results

Meike 35/0.95 is a very interesting creative tool. Moderate price, while the lens is good / very good already at F / 0.95 in the center of the frame. True, light transmission is not quite characteristic of the F / 0.95 aperture and is at the level of T / 1.3-1.4. Separately, it is worth noting that Meike 35 / 0.95 is very afraid of flare.

10 main advantages

  1. low price. For 2022, this is one of the cheapest lenses for APS-C with f / 0.95
  2. convenient focal length for use on a camera with an APS-C sensor
  3. high aperture (relative aperture 1:0.95 with real aperture within T/1.3-T/1.4)
  4. good build quality: the lens body is completely made of metal
  5. there is a depth of field scale and focusing distances
  6. 13 diaphragm blades that always give a rounded hole
  7. the aperture ring rotates smoothly, without intermediate values ​​(important for movie shooting)
  8. the aperture control ring is located in front of the lens, which is very convenient
  9. virtually internal focus
  10. at f / 0.95 is good in the center of the frame

10 main disadvantages

  1. according to my measurements, the light transmission at f / 0.95 is at the level of T / 1.3-T / 1.4
  2. there are no CPU microprocessor pins to form the correct EXIF (for example, for manual lenses for Sony E / FE series Zeiss loxia there are CPU contacts)
  3. no autofocus (for example, inexpensive lenses for mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor, such as Yongnuo 50mm 1:1.8 DA DSM S, or Tartisan 27/2.8AF there is a motor for auto focus)
  4. front cover without latches, threaded (non-bayonet) hood must be used, no hood included
  5. small non-linear step at the aperture control ring between F / 2-F / 16
  6. focus ring rotates only a quarter of a full turn
  7. there is no lens profile for popular RAW converters, the lens is not 'hardwired' into modern cameras
  8. critically weak corners and edges of the image at almost any aperture value
  9. strong chromatic aberration
  10. very large/strong glare/ghosting in backlight and sidelight

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Comment on the topic: Review MEIKE 35mm F0.95 Multi Coated (APS-C)

  • Rodion

    By the nature of the image on APS-C, the lens resembles Zenitar 50 / 1.2s on ~APS-H: it is clear that the circuit is working at its limit, a powerful coma crawls out in the corners. In general, the result is very reminiscent of what I got from Zenithar at full frame.

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