Meike MK 50mm F1.7 E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#45688 date: Apr-17-2021
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 5
flare control: 4
overall: 4.5
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 own this lens
compared to:Minolta 40 F1.7
Konica AR 40 F1.8
Canon EF 40 F2.8 STM
Pentax-M 40 F2.8
Pentax-DA 40 F2.8 XS
Pentax-FA 43 F1.8 Limited
Rokinon 45 F1.8 FE
Tamron SP 45 F1.8 USD (VC & non VC)
Minolta MD 45 F2
Sigma 45 F2.8 DG DN C
Rokinon 50 F1.2
Yongnuo 50 F1.4
Zeiss C/Y 50 F1.4 Planar
Canon EF 50 F1.4 USM
Sigma 50 F1.4 EX DG HSM
Minolta MD 50 F1.4 & AF & Sony (D)
Minolta MD 50 F1.7 & AF & RS
Sony FE 50 F1.8
Canon EF 50 F1.8 STM
Fotasy 50 F1.8
Konica AR 50 F1.8
Vivitar 50 F1.8
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Sony E 50 F1.8 OSS
Minolta MD 50 F2
Neewer/Meike/Vivitar 50 F2
Konica AR 52 F1.8
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Sony FE 55 F1.8 Sonnar
Minolta SR 55 F2
Lensbaby 56 F1.6
Konica AR 57 F1.4
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
price paid:69 USD (used)
positive:Compact
Very well aligned
Low Coma
Accurate markings
Smooth focus and aperture mechanisms
12 aperture blades
negative:No Electronics
Chromatic Aberration
Unclicked Aperture Control
comment:Clean copy with caps but without hood or box purchased from an individual through Facebook Marketplace. I happened to find this by accident while browsing listings. I've had a few copies of the smaller APS-C 50mm F2 that almost covers full-frame. "Made in China"

It is quite sharp wide-open even in the corners. Spherical Aberration might be slightly less than the Sony FE 1.8/50. Mid-field is a bit soft wide-open. It has more lateral CA in the extreme corners than the older 50's. This makes it not a great choice at smaller apertures. It is slightly wider than the FE 50 F1.8 and the Minolta 50's.

The focus grip texture is similar to those on first generation Minolta MC lenses. The aperture control is in front and rotates in the Sony E-mount direction (opposite of Minolta).

It is one of the few unsupported lenses that fit unmodified on the Sony FE teleconverters.

Overall a very decent fully manual lens. It is made better than the typical vintage prime.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.50
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