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REVIEW: Meike 12mm T2.2 Cine Lens

Blog? What’s a blog? All the cool kids/influencers make “content”. And evidently, content = YouTube videos.

So what’s a dinosaur such as myself to do? (Just how old am I? Here’s a clue, my first computer was the Commodore PET.) Roll over and die? Go quietly into the night? F*** dat. If I can make a movie, I can make a review video. Besides, I have a new slider to play with. 😉

For those people that still know how to read, here’s the tldr; version:

Overview

The Meike 12mm T2.2 Cine Lens is another solid entry from the little known Chinese manufacturer, Meike*. It mostly matches–physically and optically–its 25mm and 16mm siblings. Any shortcomings are minor, especially when considering the price point. If the 35mm and 50mm continue this trend, indie filmmakers will have a formidable set at the ready for less than the cost of one Xeen lens (which is very soft wide open.)

Pros

  • Solid, all metal construction. Same 77mm filter threading as other lenses.
  • Nicely dampened focus and aperture with standard pitch gears and 270º+ throw.
  • Neutral color rendition
  • Tack sharp center, even wide open
  • Little geometric distortion or vignetting
  • Less than $400 US

Cons

  • A few millimeters shorter than 25 and 16, requiring matte box adjustment.
  • Soft corners. (But not more than one would expect from most lenses this wide.)

 

*Just how do you pronounce this name? I think I pronounced it three different ways in the video. Until I hear otherwise, I’m going to go with the German girl’s name.

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