Chinese manufacturer Meike has released its fourth full-frame cine lens, the Meike Prime 24mm T2.1. The company announced the lens a few months ago, but it’s now shipping. The other lenses in the Meike full-frame cine lens family are the 35mm, 50mm and 85mm prime lenses, all with a maximum aperture of T2.1.
The Meike Prime 24mm T2.1 full-frame cine lens covers an image circle of 45mm. In addition, the lens is available in PL, Canon EF and RF, Sony E and Panasonic L-mounts. This means it will be compatible with just about any full-frame or APS-C cine or mirrorless camera on the market.
Being a cine lens, the Meike Prime 24mm has industry-standard 0.8 mm pitch gears on the focus and aperture rings. In addition, the focus throw is a generous 330 degrees. This means that it will be easy to hit focus smoothly and accurately in use. The minimum focus distance is around 12 inches, and the aperture range is from T2.1 to T22. The iris also has 11 blades which should give a smooth bokeh.
The Meike Prime 24mm lens has fourteen glass elements in nine groups. All four of the lenses in the Meike full-frame cine lens family for a particular lens mount share the same dimensions. This means you can quickly and easily swap between the lenses on set without having to reconfigure your rig and follow focus. The lenses also share the same filter thread of 82 mm.
Pricing and availability
The Meike Prime 24mm T2.1 full-frame cine lens is available now and retails at $1199. The company has also announced future plans to complete the full-frame cine lens family with three more prime lenses: a 16mm T2.5, 105mm T2.1 and 135mm T2.4 lens.