Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF full-frame lens for Nikon F-mount short review with many sample photos

Arkadii Shapoval (blog | 500px | see also his previous NR posts) reviewed the Meike MK 85mm f/1.8 AF full-frame lens for Nikon F-mount – here are the pros and the cons:

Main advantages:

  1. low cost, only about $170
  2. fast aperture F/1.8
  3. internal focusing
  4. electromagnetic aperture
  5. built-in focus motor. This is the main advantage over the old original Nikon 85/1.8 AF-D
  6. autofocus with manual override
  7. AF/MF switch
  8. USB port for updating the firmware
  9. nine aperture blades
  10. good sharpness in the center of the frame at F/1.8

Main disadvantages

  1. strong and unpleasant noise when focusing
  2. focus accuracy is worse than the original Nikon 85/1.8G
  3. lack of basic dust and moisture protection
  4. heavy focus breathing
  5. very poor compatibility with Nikon FTZ adapter
  6. lack of data to update the firmware
  7. aperture is not round at F/8-F/16
  8. lack of normal warranty support
  9. strong chromatic aberration
  10. weak resistance to backlight

The original review of this lens can be found here.

The Meike 85mm f/1.8 lens for Nikon F-mount can be purchased from Adorama or Amazon.

Sample photos:

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