Lens manufacturer Meike has announced a new $150 7.5mm Fisheye lens for APS-C sensor cameras. The new budget lens has a 190° diagonal field of view, with a 12mm full-frame equivalent focal length, and a six-inch focusing distance for great-looking macros.
Based in Hong Kong, Meike made a splash in the industry by offering video professionals low-cost, high-quality cinema lenses to make inroads into the market. As their market share has grown, the company has expanded into the full-frame and now APS-C lens market, with still photographers as an emerging demographic.
The basic specs of the 7.5mm Fisheye are as follows:
APS-C View of Angle: Diagonal 190°, Horizontal 161.8, Vertical 106.5. Meanwhile, for micro four-thirds users, the M43 View of Angle: Diagonal 146.4°, Horizontal 118°, Vertical 89.2°.
The 7.5mm Fisheye is designed with 11 lens elements in 9 groups, but it isn’t clear just how the elements are designed with the exception of being “multi-coated.”The lens also has a clicked lens aperture ring for adjusting from F2.8 through F16.
The lens weighs in at a little over nine ounces and looks to be very compact. Meike doesn’t release information on how long or wide the lens is, but they are making it for popular APS-C cameras like Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z, and Sony E mount camera systems.
Those are traditionally smaller and more compact, so take that into consideration. The Meike 7.5mm Fisheye is available for pre-order directly from Meike.com for a very affordable $150. The expected shipping date of May 27th, 2022.
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