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Meike 35mm f/1.7 Lens Review - Performance

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Meike 35mm f/1.7 Performance

The expectation for this lens inevitably will be set against its modest £63.99 price tag, although there are no electronic or mechanical complications in it so there are many areas where costs of production can be lower without necessarily sacrificing performance.


Meike 35mm F1 7 MTF
Meike 35mm MTF

How to read our charts

The blue column represents readings from the centre of the picture frame at the various apertures and the green is from the edges. 

The scale on the left side is an indication of actual image resolution as LW/PH and is described in detail above. The taller the column, the better the lens performance. 

For this review, the lens was tested on a Panasonic Lumix G6 using Imatest
Meike 35mm F1 7 CA
Meike 35mm CA

How to read our charts

Chromatic aberration is the lens' inability to focus on the sensor or film all colours of visible light at the same point. Severe chromatic aberration gives a noticeable fringing or a halo effect around sharp edges within the picture. It can be cured in software.

Apochromatic lenses have special lens elements (aspheric, extra-low dispersion etc) to minimise the problem, hence they usually cost more.

For this review, the lens was tested on a Panasonic Lumix G6 using Imatest.



The overall look of the images is very good, with nice colour, lovely bokeh and very well controlled CA (Chromatic Aberration). CA is in fact even lower than the already impressive 50mm f/2 from the same range. Distortion measures at -1.57% barrel. CA and distortion can, in any event, be corrected in software.

Flare is well under control, the lens handling light sources within the field of view extremely well. Even so, although there is no lens hood supplied, use of one is to be recommended. They are readily available.

Sharpness starts off at a very good level centrally at f/1.7, becoming excellent between f/2.8 and f/8, before dropping to just fair at f/22. Centrally, the lens is at its sharpest at f/2.8. The edges are very soft, with only fair sharpness at all apertures apart from f/8 where it does peak at a very good level. Overall, the most even aperture edge to edge is f/8.

MEIKE 35mm f/1.7 Sample Photos

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30 May 2016 5:35PM
Excellent review. Could you give a review of Meike 28 2.8? It has pretty nice size as a pancake lens for mirrorless camera, but I'd like to know about optical properties of this lens.

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jship 2
24 Jan 2018 11:02PM
You can get a lot of vintage lenses plus an adapter for less than this. What do you think about that option?

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