Just two weeks after releasing a $360 50mm f/1.2 lens for Canon, Nikon, and Sony cameras, lens maker Meike has just unveiled its very first autofocus lens: the ultra-affordable 85mm f/1.8 AF for Nikon and Canon DSLRs.
The Meike 85mm f/1.8 AF lens was first ‘announced’ two years ago, but it’s now finally available to purchase through the Meike store… and it’s cheap. Just $190 for the un-discounted Nikon F-mount version, or $170 for the Canon EF version, which is currently on discount.
Optically, the lens is made up of 9 elements in 6 groups, and while there are no specialized lens elements to speak of, Meike does include its multi-layer coating to help prevent ghosting and flare. At this price and with this construction, we don’t expect this lens to be a top performer by any means… but it will be an awfully cheap way to get an autofocus-capable 85mm lens of your own.
Here’s a close look:
In terms of other specs, the lens weighs just 480g, measures 79 x 75mm, features a 67mm filter thread, and boasts a minimum focusing distance of 0.85m (~2.8 feet). Interestingly, no information is given for the type of autofocus motor included, so don’t expect the lens’ AF to be either quiet or fast.
(via Nikon Rumors)