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Chinese lens manufacturer Meike has launched a new prime cine lens for full-frame cameras. The Meike Prime 105mm T2.1 is the company’s fifth full-frame cine lens. The other lenses in the family are the 24mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm prime lenses, all with the same maximum aperture of T2.1.

Lens mount

Meike 105mm T2.1 Full Frame Cine Lens
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The Meike Prime 105mm cine lens is available in PL, Canon EF and RF, Sony E, and Panasonic L mounts. It covers an image circle of 45mm. This means it is suitable for use with cinema cameras such as the Canon C700, Sony VENICE, Sony FX9, and the Alexa LF. It is also compatible with all full-frame and APS-C Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Sigma and Leica mirrorless cameras.

Bokeh

Optically, the lens design of the Meike Prime 105mm cine lens includes eleven elements in seven groups. It also has an aperture with eleven blades, which should give an attractive rounded bokeh in your images.

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Focus gears

Meike 105mm T2.1 Full Frame Cine Lens side of lens
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The focus and aperture rings of the Meike Prime 105mm cine lens have industry-standard 0.8mm pitch gears. In addition, the lens has a focus throw of 330 degrees. This will make it easier for you to smoothly and accurately focus the lens in use. The minimum focus distance is 3 feet 4 inches, and the aperture range is T2.1 to T22. The Meike Prime 105mm cine lens has a filter thread size of 82mm.

Size

The length of the lens varies slightly depending on which mount option you chose. The PL mount is the shortest at just over 4 inches in length and the Nikon Z is the longest at nearly 5.5 inches. All the mount options have the same diameter of just over 3.5 inches. The weight of the lens ranges from just over 39 ounces to nearly 41.5 ounces, again depending on which lens mount you choose.

Availability

The Meike Prime 105mm T2.1 full-frame cine lens is available for pre-sale and costs $998. The Meike website says that the estimated shipping date is 21st March.

Pete Tomkies is a freelance cinematographer and camera operator from Manchester, UK. He also produces and directs short films as Duck66 Films. Pete's latest short Once Bitten... won 15 awards and was selected for 105 film festivals around the world.