Meike 8mm f/2.8 MFT - Review / Test Report
Lens Reviews - (Micro-)Four-Thirds

Review by Klaus Schroiff, published August 2022

Introduction

Meike has had quite a stampede of new lens releases lately. One of their most ambitious new designs is the new Meike 8mm f/2.8 MFT. You may think that this is another fish-eye, but it is, in fact, a fully correct ultra-wide lens equivalent to 16mm on full-format cameras. Priced at $399 USD, it is not a budget item anymore, but it's also not your average optical construction either - consisting of no less than 17 elements, including two aspherical elements. So it seems that Meike wants to move up the food chain now.

Meike's latest lenses moved towards a more uniform and recognizable look, and it's quite an attractive one in our boo. The signature elements of this design are a knurled focus ring and a red ring near the lens front. The body is an all-metal construction, including the built-in petal-shaped lens hood. The focus ring and the clickless aperture ring operate smoothly and are dampened. You may notice the bulb-like front element and may come to the conclusion that filters can't be attached. However, the lens hood can actually accept 77mm filters. While the lens itself has an excellent build quality, the front lens cap is made of soft plastic, which is prone to scratches.

Like most of the lenses in Meike's lineup, the 8mm f/2.8 is a fully-manual lens without any electronic coupling. Given its ultra-wide nature, manual focusing is usually easy. However, the lack of EXIF data also means that you'll have to tune the camera's image stabilizer to 8mm manually.

Specifications
Equiv. focal length (full-format)"16mm" (in terms of field-of-view)
Equiv. aperture (full-format)"f/5.6" (in terms of depth-of-field)
Optical construction17 elements in 12 groups inc. 2x aspherical elements
Number of aperture blades5
min. focus distance0.25m (max. magnification 1:?)
Dimensions?mm
Weight480g
Filter sizeφ77mm
Hoodpetal-shaped, built-in
Other features-
MountMicro-Four-Thirds