Meike offers full frame lenses.
Meike Cine lenses were born from the Veydra brand by co-founder Ryan Avery. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Veydra was ready to become a brand that filmmakers could search for cheap glass. After a slump and a series of litigation, the brand closed its doors in 2019. Around the same time, Meike started offering cine lenses with a very similar look to Veydra. Some claimed it was the same glass, but with a different case.
Avery recently released a video that explains the concept of Meike Cine lenses. The selling points are very similar to Veydra. Inexpensive optics with film-friendly properties. The Meike Cine series comprises a 12, 16, 25, 35, 50 mm T2.2 with a common 77 mm filter thread and a front diameter of 80 mm. Visually, performance should be similar to Veydra, if not better, since the facility in which the lenses are made is better off. Each focal length costs about $ 399. The manual lenses are available in Micro Four Thirds. Sony E and Fuji X are assembled.
In addition, Meike teased a 50mm T2.1 FF prime cine lens on social media aimed at full-frame cameras. The 50 mm T2.1 is expected to offer 6K and 8K resolutions for large image circles up to 45 mm.
The lens has an 11-blade iris design, a minimum focus distance of 60 cm (23.2 inches) and a front diameter of 85 mm. The industry standard gear with 0.8 mm pitch for aperture and focus is also on the barrel. The focus throw is quite large at 330 °. For comparison: a Cooke S7i has a throw of 270 °. Therefore, expect even focusing with the Meike lens. The 50mm T2.1 is available in the PL, EF, RF, E, L and Z brackets, but the bracket is not interchangeable. At least in the beginning. Expect other focal lengths to be released in the FF Prime series with similar specifications.
The 50mm T2.1 FF-Prime can be pre-ordered for around $ 950. The arrival is planned for September.