Meike’s New 85mm f/1.4 to be the First 3rd Party Autofocus Lens for Canon RF

Meike 85mm

Meike has introduced a brand new 85mm f/1.4 autofocus lens for Sony E, Nikon Z, Leica L, and — surprisingly — Canon RF mounts. If this stands, Meike would be the first third-party producer to come back to market with an autofocus-equipped lens for Canon’s mirrorless mount.

Whereas Meike isn’t the primary third-party digicam lens producer to make an autofocus-equipped Canon RF lens, if issues stand will probably be the primary to truly efficiently promote it.

For instance, Rokinon (often known as Samyang), tried to launch a 14mm f/2.8 autofocus lens for Canon RF and Viltrox attempted to promote a number of autofocus lenses that might mount to Canon’s mirrorless cameras, however these firms shortly heard from Canon’s attorneys and ceased manufacturing.

Final September, Canon confirmed that it was pursuing authorized motion towards producers that had been producing autofocus lenses for its RF mount. It’s not clear if anybody who really bought any of these lenses obtained them, and — till now — no third-party producer has tried to provide one other since Canon’s authorized division is especially aggressive — the corporate has repeatedly proven that exterior of cameras in its printer department as well.

The one third-party RF lens to get the official nod from Canon is the Cosina Voigtlander Nokton 50mm f/1 aspherical, which is notably not an autofocus lens.

Meike 85mm

For now, although, Meike goes by with the promise of RF mount help. The brand new 85mm f/1.4 STM lens is described as a lens that helps full-frame cameras and options an aperture vary of f/1.4 by f/16 by way of a 12-bladed diaphragm. Inside, Meike says it’s constructed of 13 components organized into 5 teams, though the corporate doesn’t say if any particular lenses are included.

The lens encompasses a entrance filter thread dimension of 77mm, a minimal focusing distance of 0.98 meters, and has a diagonal angle of view of 28.87 levels, horizontal of 24.1 levels, and vertical of 16.14 levels.

Along with RF mount, Meike intends to make the stepping motor-driven autofocus lens obtainable for Sony E, Nikon Z, and Leica L-mounts (although the corporate humorously refers to it as Panasonic L mount).

On the time of publication, Meike had not decided a remaining value or the discharge date. The lens is at present on show on the NAB Present in Las Vegas. It stays to be seen if Canon will enable Meike to truly produce the RF mount model of the lens.

Picture credit: Meike

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