Meike MK 28mm F2.8 E-mount lens reviews

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reviewer#36809 date: Apr-1-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.4
tested on:
  • film camera:Film camera
  • APS-C: 6MP6 MP; 10MP10 MP; 12MP12 MP; 14MP14 MP; 16MP16 MP; 20MP20 MP; 24MP24 MP
  • full frame: 12MP12 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Sony E 16 F2.8
Sony E 20 F2.8
Sony Distagon 24 F2 ZA SSM
Rokinon AF FE 24 F2.8
Minolta AF 24 F2.8
Sigma AF 24 F2.8 II
Discover/Neewer 25 F1.8
Canon EF 28 F1.8 USM
Sigma 28 F1.8 HS & EX DG
Sony FE 28 F2
Minolta MD & AF 28 F2
Canon EF 28 F2.8 IS USM
Minolta/Sony AF 28 F2.8
Sigma 30 F1.4 DC DN C & EX DC
Sigma 30 F2.8 DN Art
Sony DT 30 F2.8 Macro SAM
Neewer 32 F1.6
Zeiss Touit 32 F1.8
Neewer 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
price paid:45 USD (used)
positive:Sharp wide-open
Small
Inexpensive
negative:Dense
Corner shading
Soft corners
Swirly bokeh
comment:This lens can be found under various brand names including Kaxinda. It seems to be offered now in the US under the Meike and Neewer brands. I purchased this Neewer branded version for $65 from the same US-based eBay seller that I bought the Neewer 50mm lens. I returned this one as it seemed a little redundant after purchase the lovely Sigma 30mm. Then I made an offer on a second used copy for $45.

This is an all-metal, all-manual lens with tiny lens elements. It is approximately the same size as the Sony E 16mm F2.8 pancake. The filter threads stick out a bit farther than the recessed ones on Sony pancakes, but the supplied slip-on metal lens caps sits more flush than the Sony center-pinch caps. It feels and is significantly heavier than the Sony pancakes despite lacking any motors. It is not that much smaller or lighter than the Discover 25mm F1.8--most of the difference is accounted for by the deeply recessed front element on that lens.

The focus grip is a bit wider than the one on the Sony 20mm pancake, and fairly heavily damped. The focus and aperture rings have similar amounts of resistance unlike the 35/1.7 and 50/2 lenses where the focus rings turn easier.

The aperture ring operates in the opposite direction to the other Kaxinda lens which turn the same as direction as Minolta SR lenses. The focus ring turns in the normal Minolta/Sony direction. The focus scale is only printed in meters. The aperture markings seem to be accurate and even pessimistic. There are no label for f/11. and Wide-open it actually lets in a bit more light than the Minolta/Sony 28mm F2.8 and the DT 16-50mm F2.8 zoom at 28 mm. It only lets in 3/8ths of the light the Discover 25mm F1.8 does wide-open.

It is sharper wide-open in the center than the old 28mm F2.8 AF primes or the 16mm F2.8 pancake. Even mid-frame it is a bit sharper than the 16mm pancake. The corners however are softer and darker than the other lenses, and stopping down the lens does little to improve the corner sharpness.

It has about twice the barrel distortion of the old 28mm primes--a bit more the the E 16-50mm OSS kit lens at the same focal length.

The Sony wide converters seem to function well held to the front of this lens. It shares the 49mm filter thread size with those lenses. Of course it doesn't have the bayonet lugs to hold those accessory lenses or the Sony hoods in place. The Sony 49mm center-pinch lens caps do fit well.
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rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 4.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.40

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