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Hong Kong-based MEIKE has just announced the latest addition to its cine line of prime manual focus lenses: Meet the MEIKE 8mm T2.9 Cine Mini Prime Lens for M4 / 3.

This new ultra-wide 8 mm lens expands the already available range of mini prime numbers for the M4 / 3 mount to a total of 8 focal lengths:

  • Ultra wide angle: 8mm T2.9
  • Wide angle: 12mm T2.2 / 16mm T2.2 / 25mm T2.2
  • Standard: 35mm T2.2 / 50mm T2.2 / 65mm T2.2
  • Tele: 85mm T2.2

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MEIKE 8mm T2.9 M4 / 3 Cine Mini Prime

MEIKE is known for its very affordable cine lenses. If you're starting to just start from the specs, these lenses seem like a good choice as they offer a correct focus of 0.8 and iris rings (the focus ring offers 270 ° rotation with hard stops).

Full specifications below:

Lens mount:M4 / 3
Format:APS-C
Min. Focus distance:25cm
Filter thread:ø77
Weight:540 g
Structure:17 elements in 12 groups
Focal length:8mm
Aperture range:T2.9-T22
Iris blades:10
Focus rotation:270 degrees
Dimensions (Ø x L):Ø 80 × 71.6 mm
Field of view with S35 cameras:Diagonal: 108.6 °
Horizontal: 96 °
Vertical: 80 °

Oddly enough, the MEIKE covers 8mm APS-C sensors, but is currently only available with an M4 / 3 mount. MEIKE lists the following camera housings as compatible:

  • Olympus mirrorless cameras E-P1 E-PL1 E-P2 E-PL2 E-P3 E-PL3 E-PL5 E-PM1 E-PM2 OM-D E-M5 E-P5 OM-D E-M1 OMD-EM10 and other Olympus Micro 4/3 cameras
  • Panasonic Lumix G9 G1 G2 G3 G5 GF1 GF2 GF3 GF5 GF6 GF7 GH1 GH2 GH3 GH5 G6 GX1 GX7 GX8 GH4 GM1 GM5 -D E-M5 E-P5 OM-D E-M1 OMD-EM10 and other Panasonic Lumix Micro M4 / 3 MFT Cameras
  • BMPCC (Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera)

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Prices and availability

The MEIKE 8mm T2.9 Cine Mini Prime will be available this November and will sell for $ 439.99 (€ 374.56).

I think this range of affordable cine prime lenses may be worth a closer look as proper cine lenses are typically very expensive and sometimes it's better to have an entry-level set than no lenses at all. The optical performance of this new 8mm prime has yet to be determined, and it certainly won't compete with high-end offerings, but again, an affordable option is (far) better than no option at all.

what's in the boxPhoto credit: MEIKE

Link: MEIKE website

What do you think? Is this lens worth a closer look? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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