Meike MK 35mm F1.7 E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#44240 date: Mar-13-2019
sharpness: 3.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 4
flare control: 4
overall: 4.1
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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I have experience with this lens
compared to: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
Neewer 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
Rokinon 35 F1.2
Fotasy 35 F1.6 APS-C & Mini
Kaxinda 35 F1.7
Tamron SP 35 F1.8 USD
Sony E 35 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 35 F1.8 SAM
Minolta AF 35 F2
Rokinon AF FE 35 F2.8
Minolta MC 35 F2.8
Vivitar 35 F2.8
Minolta Rokkor 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
price paid:79 USD (new)
Mechanical feel
negative:Focus shift stopped down
Focus field curvature
comment:I purchased a silver Kaxinda branded version of this lens in late 2016 on eBay from a large eBay seller. I paid $32 to return ship the lens to China for a refund. This lens is sold under several other brands including Neewer, Meike, and Opteka. The Meike version of this lens has been frequently reviewed and recommended by influencers. The Kaxinda was available at least as early as 2014 long before Meike and Neewer started marketing it in 2016.

It is a very compact all-metal lens. It shares a body with the less popular Kaxinda 50 F2.4.

Judging by other reviews the sample I was sent was either misconstructed or damaged. The seller however claimed that they "can assure our lenses not have quality problems because we tested it before shipping..."

Test charts in this post.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 2
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 4.50
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.30 - Home of the alpha system photographer
In memory of Cameron Hill - brettania