Meike MK 50mm F2.0 E-mount lens review by QuietOC

reviewer#36832 date: Apr-13-2017
sharpness: 4
color: 5
build: 4
distortion: 3
flare control: 4
overall: 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 MP24MP24 MP36MP36 MP42MP42 MP
ownership:I own this lens
compared to:Minolta MD 45 F2
Tamron 45 F1.8 USD
Minolta MD 50 F2
Minolta AF 50 F1.7 & RS
Vivitar 50 F1.8
Sony E 50 F1.8 OSS
Sony DT 50 F1.8 SAM
Fotasy 50 F1.8 APS-C
Minolta MD & AF & Sony 50 F1.4
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
price paid:32 USD (used)
Very sharp in the center wide-open
9 aperture blades
49mm filter size
negative:Exposes like T2.8 or slower
Curved focus plane
Moderate pincushion distortion
Heavy for size
comment:This is a small, all-aluminum, all-manual lens. It has been available for a few years as the Kaxinda 50mm F2.4. But it was rebranded in 2016 under the Meike and Neewer brands as a 50mm F2.0 lens, but the depth-of-field scale still has "2.4" indicated. I purchased the Neewer version from an eBay seller. I purchased a Meike version from another eBay seller for $32. The depth-of-field scale on this copy has "2.0" marked. A polished ring was also added to the front of the focus grip.

This is a decent little, slow prime--consider it an F2.4 lens. The image quality is not quite as good as the old, budget Minolta F2 normal primes. The cheaper, faster, newer Fotasy 50/1.8 blows it away in image quality. But it is very sharp wide-open in the center, and the corners improve greatly at a stop down. It did perform much better than the similar looking 35mm F1.7.

The appeal is its size and retro appearance and operation. This would probably be better for one-inch or smaller sensor.

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.00
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 4.00
  • distortion: 3.00
  • flare control: 4.00
  • overall: 4.00 - Home of the alpha system photographer
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