Can This Ultra-Affordable 85mm Lens Create Worthwhile Photos?

85mm lenses with wide maximum apertures are some of the most prized options out there, where their short telephoto focal length and narrow depth of field capabilities make them ideal options for portrait photographers. However, such lenses can easily run north of $2,000, which is what makes the Meike 85mm f/1.8, which sits at less than $200, so refreshing. Can it provide the performance and image quality pros need at that price? This excellent video review takes a look.

Coming to you from Wes Perry, this great video review takes a look Meike 85mm f/1.8 lens for Sony E mount cameras. When considering such a cheap lens, it is important that you approach it with reasonable expectations; certainly, you will not get clinically sharp results, but you do get quite good images with particularly pleasing bokeh. The major drawback with this lens seems to be the autofocus performance, so don't expect to shoot fast action with it, but hopefully, at some point, it will see a firmware update to improve that. That being said, if you do not need fast autofocus and want an affordable option that can produce nice photos, it looks like an option well worth considering. Check out the video above for Perry's full thoughts on the lens. 

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Alex Cooke is a Cleveland-based portrait, events, and landscape photographer. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and a doctorate in Music Composition. He is also an avid equestrian.

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