Meike MK 6.5mm F2.0 Fisheye E-mount lens reviews

reviews found: 1   
reviewer#38894 date: Jul-4-2017
sharpness: 4.5
color: 5
build: 5
distortion: 5
flare control: 5
overall: 4.9
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:Sony E 16 F2.8 + VCL-ECF1 Fisheye Converter
price paid:140 USD (new)
positive:Build quality
Compact size
Moderate weight
negative:Black exterior
Circle is slightly clipped at top and bottom
Focus scale is very inaccurate
No protection for slightly bulbous front element
comment:I made a best offer to a US seller on eBay and won. It seems better made than the cheaper Meike/Neewer/Kaxinda lenses. It has the same style box and packaging as the Neewer lenses. The aperture ring turns the opposite direction to the 28mm F2.8, but the same direction as the 50/2.4 and 35/1.7. There is an Opteka 6.5mm F3.5 fisheye lens for other SLR mounts at a similar price, and several 6.5mm C-mount lenses.

The two short sides of the image get slightly clipped. It may have been made for a 1.5X crop factor when the target cameras actually have a 1.53X or 1.55X crop factor. The A5000 is supposedly the later. I sometimes get just one side clipped as the lens can slide a bit on the mount. This might also be due to mount wear. Adobe's Content Aware Fill does a decent job completing the circle.

I gave the distortion rating a "5" but I am not sure how ideal the projection is. Lettering on the lens claims 190 degree coverage, and that seems accurate. It definitely can see behind the plane of the front element. The image gets very stretched at the extreme edge, so maybe the intention is to just crop the edge out. I haven't found a great tool for doing circular crops, but the images do look nicer when cleaned up that way.

It seems reasonable sharp even wide-open. The minimum focus distance is quite short. It is actually possible to blur the background fairly well. The image circle gets bigger at close focus.

The focus scale is not accurate which has caused me to miss focus on some photos. Most of the time keeping the focus at the infinity mark gives the best focus. The infinity stop is a bit off, but it is definitely good enough for HD.

I am not a fan of friction fit metal lens caps. This one is felt lined around the rim, but there is no avoiding sliding the metal cap against the glass front element every time the cap is installed.

Overall a great lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras.
reviews found: 1   

rating summary

lens image
  • total reviews: 1
  • sharpness: 4.50
  • color: 5.00
  • build: 5.00
  • distortion: 5.00
  • flare control: 5.00
  • overall: 4.90

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