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Meike 50mm f/1.7 lens for Nikon Z-mount review

This Meike Z 50mm f/1.7 lens review is by Steve Gong (stevegongphoto.com, Facebook, Instagram). The lens can be purchased at B&H and Amazon. Introduction Although it’s been six months since the Nikon mirrorless Z system was announced, there’s still a dearth of native Z mount lenses, and the ones that are available are in my opinion somewhat overpriced (starting at $599 for the Nikon 50mm f/1.8 S) . While the FTZ adapter does work remarkably well, it adds quite a bit of bulk to even the smallest F mount lenses. This is where I believe the Meike 50mm f/1.7 finds its niche. The Meike 50mm f/1.7 is not only tiny in size, but is also very affordable at just $139. The image quality too is surprisingly good at this price point. Perhaps the most glaring difference is the fact that this is a manual focus lens. With the advent of focus peaking in mirrorless systems, this may not be a big of a deal breaker as one might think. In my tests I’ve found this lens to be fun to use and a way to force myself to shoot differently, which by extension has me thinking about photography in a fresh way. In fact, it reminds me of shooting a manual focus rangefinder. Key specifications: Focal length: 50mm Format: Full-frame Aperture range: f1.7 - 22 Aperture: 12 blades (smooth, de-clicked) Filter thread: 52mm Product size: 61mm x 54.5mm Product weight: 310g Optical construction: 5 groups of 6 pieces Design and Handling Out of...

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Published By: Nikonrumors - Friday, 15 March

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