An f/0.95 Lens for $249? Can It Provide the Image Quality Professionals Need?

It is no secret that photographers like wide-aperture lenses, and with the advent of mirrorless cameras, we have seen the release of many 50mm f/0.95 lenses, offering photographers ultra-narrow depth of field and loads of bokeh. One such lens is the Meike 50mm f/0.95, which offers that extra-wide aperture for a variety of APS-C mirrorless mounts and does so at a very affordable price. Can it still offer professional quality, though? This excellent video review takes a look. 

Coming to you from Wes Perry, this great video review takes a look at the Meike 50mm f/0.95 lens. Available for Sony E, Fujifilm X, Nikon Z, Canon EF-M, and micro four thirds mounts, this lens offers a lot of light-gathering power and narrow depth of field, making it a natural choice for portraiture work. I have to admit I was quite impressed by the performance of the lens. Sure, at f/0.95, you should not expect clinical sharpness, but as you stop down, it shows quite respectable sharpness. And besides, photographers shoot at f/0.95 for the dreamy look, not for ultra-high levels of sharpness. Perhaps the biggest drawback is the manual focus design, but with the focus aids of modern mirrorless cameras, as long as you are not shooting fast action, it isn't as big a hindrance as you might think. 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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