Meike Global: Meike 35mm T2.1 Super 35 Cinema Lens – Commentary

https://meikeglobal.com/products/meike-35mm-t2-1-super-35-frame-cine-lens

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Meike 35mm T2.1 Super 35 Cinema Prime with EF or PL mount, on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Image courtesy of Meike.

Commentary

Panasonic’s recent announcement of the amazing Lumix DC-S5 had me wondering where Meike and other makers of manual focus cinema prime lenses might be in their offerings for Super 35 hybrid and cinema cameras.

I was pleased to see that Meike, currently offering an attractive range of cinema primes for Micro Four Thirds cameras, has just announced the first of its range of cinema primes for Super 35 cameras with EF and PL mounts.

Investing in Meike lenses with Canon EF mounts gives owners of non-EF cameras the most options when adapting to L-mount cameras such as Panasonic’s 35mm sensor-equipped S-Series Lumix S5, S1H and S1, Micro Four Thirds cameras like the Lumix GH5 and GH5S, Blackmagic Design’s cinema cameras and Fujifilm’s X-mount and G-mount Super 35/APS-C and medium format cameras.

A good first cab off the rank

Meike’s 35mm T2.1 Super 35 prime is a good choice of first cab off the rank given its equivalence to 52.5mm in the 35mm sensor format, with 50mm and equivalent focal length lenses often being first choice when investing in new lens systems.

I look forward to seeing more examples of stills and video shot with this lens, given I currently don’t have a cinema lens at this focal length and that Meike is offering a decent prerelease discount right now.

I would choose the EF-mount version and then adapt it for L-mount, Micro Four Thirds mount, Fujifilm X-mount and G-mount hybrid cameras.

Meike states that its coming “Super35-Prime Cine Lens Series with industry-standard 0.8mm pitch gears on the focus and aperture ring” includes “18mmT2.1, 25mmT2.1, 35mmT2.1, 50mmT2.1, 75mmT2.1, 105mmT2.1” focal lengths.

I would love it if Meike added 14mm, 21mm and 40mm lenses as they are three of my favourite Super 35 video and stills focal lengths.

Meike 35mm T2.1 Super 35 Cinema Lens

Images courtesy of Meike.

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Meike Hints at ‘Full Frame’ aka 35mm and Super 35 Cinema Lenses Coming Soon

While researching for my previous article on the ever-growing Meike Cinema Primes collection of manual ciné lenses for Micro Four Thirds, Sony E and Fujifilm X mount cameras, some images of other possible upcoming new lenses caught my eye. 

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Meike 35mm T2.1 Super 35 cinema prime lens mounted on Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K aka BMPCC 6K. Sign of things to come? Image courtesy of Meike Global.
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Meike cinema prime lenses marked “6K” in 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 65mm and 85mm focal lengths. Mockups or coming new releases? Image courtesy of Meike Global.
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Meike 50mm T2.1 “Full Frame” cinema prime lens for 35mm sensor cameras and presumably for Super 35 cameras too, as well as smaller sensor cameras via adapters. Image courtesy of Meike Global.
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Meike poster image for Meike 50mm f/1.2 “Full Frame” lens for Nikon Z-mount camera with 35mm sensor. What other mounts might this lens be coming in? Image courtesy of Meike Global.
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Meike T2.2 Series 6x Cine lens Kit for MFT + Cine Lens Case, containing Meike cinema prime lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras. Looks like a great option for users of Micro Four Thirds cinema and video cameras including Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K aka BMPCC 4K and Panasonic’s M43 cameras. Will Meike be making kits like this available for its possible coming Super 35 and “full frame” cinema prime lenses? Image courtesy of Meike Global.

Given the praise that Blackmagic Design’s 6K raw-capable  Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K aka BMPCC 6K is receiving, it appears to be a more attractive alternative to the smaller sensor-equipped BMPCC 4K provided it is used with so-called “full frame” or 35mm sensor lenses, or lenses designed for motion picture industry standard Super 35 cameras.

I will be intrigued to see what focal lengths Meike will be releasing in these formats, how good they are and how affordably they may be priced.

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