Can This Sub-$200 85mm Lens Produce Professional Images?

An 85mm lens with a wide maximum aperture is one of the most popular options on the market, particularly useful for portrait and wedding photographers who want a flattering focal length and narrow depth of field. That being said, such lenses can cost well north of $2,000. This is what makes the Meike 85mm f/1.8 so compelling, with a sub-$200 price tag that still includes autofocus. This great video review takes a look at the lens and the sort of performance and image quality you can expect from it in usage. 

Coming to you from Arthur R, this excellent video review takes a look Meike 85mm f/1.8 lens for Sony E mount cameras. At only $189 and with autofocus included, the 85mm f/1.8 is an awfully intriguing option, and as you can see, it can produce quite decent results with surprisingly good bokeh. Of course, at less than $200, you should not expect it to compete with top-shelf first-party options, but on the other hand, it certainly performs impressively well for the price, and if you are on a budget or looking for a portrait lens you can experiment with without worry, it looks like a very good choice. Check out the video above for the full rundown on the lens. 

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Patrick Hall's picture

I'd love to see real time video of how this lens tracks with eye detect. I could totally see buying something like this just for vlogging if it could AF smooth enough. It's funny, having a kind of crappy lens that gives you an aesthetic could be desirable esp if it's this cheap.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

It ain't perfect but, might be smooth enough for your purposes. See timestamp 1:39 to 2:43

(https://youtu.be/5iBYxqC31Nk?t=99)

Patrick Hall's picture

Yeah that's not bad at all. I'm mainly looking for an ultra fast prime for youtube content where the focus just has to latch onto my eye. Too bad it doesn't seem they make any wider lenses yet.

Roger Cozine's picture

The performance vs value ratio is great with this lens. It's not razor sharp, but it's also not poor by any means. It's not particularly well suited for ultra sharp landscapes, but it's excellent as a portrait lens where maximum sharpness often isn't desired. This lens has a vintage lens vibe with the conveniences of modern day luxury. I suspect this lens would be outstanding at street and travel photography.

Paul Trantow's picture

OH, it's a video. Never mind.