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Meike unveils the MK-85mm-f/1.8, its first autofocus lens

If you’re a photographer on a budget who likes the flexibility and affordability of third-party lenses, you might be pleased that Hong Kong lens manufacturer Meike has taken the wraps off its first lens with autofocus capabilities, the MK-85mm-f/1.8.

A large-aperture, mild telephoto lens, the Meike MK-85mm-f/1.8 lens should be useful for portrait work. Meike promises that the lens should produce smooth, attractive background blur, while the all-metal frame promises durability.

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The lens is designed with a multi-coated front element and is constructed of nine elements in six groups. It measures 75mm long on its own, and when the optional hood is attached this extends to 133mm, while a 67mm thread at its front allows for filters to be mounted. Other features include a minimum focusing distance of 0.85m and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:1.8. 

The firm has had a busy year. Back in February, it added three additional prime lenses to its lineup, namely the 50mm f/1.7 and 25mm f/2, and a 25mm T2.2 cine lens.

The new MK-85mm-f/1.8 lens will be available for full-frame Canon and Nikon bodies, as well as for cameras in Sony's E-mount mirrorless stable. Pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed, although we should expect the optic to be competitively priced. 

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