Is this the widest lens ever?! Meike 3.5mm f/2.8 circular fisheye officially announced

Is this the widest lens ever?! Meike 3.5mm f/2.8 circular fisheye officially announced
(Image credit: Meike)

The Meike 3.5mm f/2.8 circular fisheye lens has been officially announced for Micro Four Thirds cameras. This ultra wide angle lens has a mind-bogglingly wide 35mm equivalent focal length of just 7mm – making it one of the very widest commercially available lenses ever made (if not the widest). 

This circular fisheye lens will be manual focus only and compatible with most Micro Four Thirds cameras from Olympus and Panasonic, including the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the Panasonic Lumix GH5. It'll also feature a manual focus ring and an aperture adjustment ring to give you full manual control over your photos.

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(Image credit: Meike)

The lens is constructed with 10 elements in seven groups and it has an aperture range of f/2.8 to f/16 and a focal range of 0.095m to infinity. The Meike 3.5mm f/2.8 also has a minimum focusing distance of only 3.5mm, which means you get impressively close to your subject to capture your fisheye photos.

The lens has nano-technology multi-layer coating, which will help enhance color, reduce glare and prevent ghosting. The lens is also incredibly light, weighing in at just 190g. 

This 220º field-of-view lens is also particularly budget-friendly, as you can buy it on the Meike website for just $159.99 / £129.20. 

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With over a decade of photographic experience, Louise arms Digital Camera World with a wealth of knowledge on photographic technique and know-how – something at which she is so adept that she's delivered workshops for the likes of ITV and Sue Ryder. Louise also brings years of experience as both a web and print journalist, having served as features editor for Practical Photography magazine and contributing photography tutorials and camera analysis to titles including Digital Camera Magazine and  Digital Photographer. Louise currently shoots with the Fujifilm X-T200 and the Nikon D800, capturing self-portraits and still life images, and is DCW's ecommerce editor, meaning that she knows good camera, lens and laptop deals when she sees them.