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 MP; 24MP24 MP; 36MP36 MP; 42MP42 MP; 61MP61 MP
ownership:I used to own this lens
compared to:Pentax-FA 43 F1.9 Limited
Samyang AF 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
Zeiss 50 F1.4 Planar
Yongnuo 50 F1.4
Canon EF 50 F1.4 USM
Sigma 50 F1.4 EX DG HSM
Minolta MD & AF & Sony AF 50 F1.4
Minolta MD & AF 50 F1.7 & 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/Vivitar 50 F2
Konica AR 52 F1.8
Minolta MC 55 F1.7
Sony FE 55 F1.8 Sonnar
Minolta SR 55 F2
Minolta MC 58 F1.4
price paid:32 USD (used)
positive:Very small
Very sharp in the center wide-open
Mostly covers full-frame
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. It was rebranded in 2016 under the Meike and Neewer brands as a 50mm F2.0 lens, but the depth-of-field scale on my early Neewer still had "2.4" indicated. I purchased the Neewer version from a large eBay seller and returned it to them. I later purchased a used Meike version from an individual eBay seller for $32. The depth-of-field scale on the Meike has "2.0" marked. A polished ring was also added to the front of the focus grip.

I also purchased a Vivitar branded version for $50 on Amazon that claimed to be a full-frame lens, but proved to use the same optics. The Vivitar did fix the corner clipping on full frame when focused at infinity. The aperture ring on the Vivitar is in the normal Sony FE direction unlike the other versions. The depth-of-view scale on the Vivitar is marked "2.4" while the aperture scale is marked "2" and the lens is advertised as "F2.0". The controls have higher resistance. I returned this copy for false advertising.

This is a decent little, slow prime--consider it an F2.8 lens. It has lots of character. The Fotasy 50 F1.8 has much better image quality on APS-C. But this lens is very sharp wide-open in the center, and the corners do improve stopped down.

The main appeal is its size and retro appearance and operation. It may be better on a smaller than APS-C sensor though it actually does cover most of a full-frame 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
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