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Meike 85mm f/2.8 macro announced


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#1 Klaus

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 12:55 PM

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:03 PM

it surely makes sense, manual focus is perfect for macro only if it had aperture coupling, it's surely not fun to focus with the aperture set at f8 or more



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 04:14 PM

I wouldn't buy a manual focus lens at this price point these days. To me, focus stacking without any motorized sliders (meaning: in camera) is state of the art and with a manual focus lens, that's impossible. I don't need necessarily AF, but I need a motorized focus ring.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:19 PM

it surely makes sense, manual focus is perfect for macro only if it had aperture coupling, it's surely not fun to focus with the aperture set at f8 or more

You do not have to focus at f8. And anyway, with live view nowadays it is easy to focus with the aperture at f8 anyway.... 

 

Not interested though, unless this lens would render somehow marvellously. I have the focal length covered with the Tamron SP 90mm f2.8 Di II, and the manual focus macro covered with my trusty Micro-Nikkor 55mm f3.5 AUTO. 



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:39 PM

I don't quite understand the new gang of lens manufacturers really.

 

Many of them focus on high speed lenses - an approach which is doomed because high-speed lenses require exceptional manufacturing precision and I strongly doubt that the consistency is there. They go for high speed offerings in order to have a differentiator compared to the established players - that's understandable. Howerver, other than QC issues, this is resulting in price tags that are way, way beyond a casual investment.

Honestly speaking - who buys such lenses for 500+USD? That's serious money already.

As an unknown brand you just can't jump into the top league straight away - this takes time. How many years did it take for Samyang in order to get recognized as a sort-of acceptable player? 6-7 years? 

 

On the other end of the spectrum are me-too lenses - like this one - without electronic coupling. The Meike will cost 300USD. The Tokina 100mm macro costs 350USD or buy something 2nd hand. You'd be completely nuts to buy the Meike. Sorry to say that.

 

In my book the most obvious niche are moderate-speed pancake lenses (e.g. a FF 18mm f/5.6 or a FF 12mm f/8 Fisheye) but it seems as if nobody cares (Meike has the 28mm f/2.8 but that focal length is not so hot).

 


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