Review of the fast fifty Meike RF 50mm f1.2

Meike RF 50mm f1.2 - Full-frame manual lens for Canon mirrorless cameras. Also available for mounts Sony E Mount, Nikon Z mount, Canon EF Mount.

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External Features

Externally, this is an all-metal well-assembled lens.

meike 50mm f1.2

The diaphragm ring has no physical divisions and rotates smoothly. Will like videographers... The focusing ring is also very smooth, but has a relatively short rotation travel of about 90 degrees.

meike 50mm f1.2

Filter diameter 67mm. The set comes with a plastic petal hood, which has little effect.

Sample photos on Meike 50mm f1.2:

Optical qualities

Meike 50mm f1.2 does not impress with sharpness. On open apertures, the image is frankly soft, which is why it is sometimes quite difficult to focus with your hands. Good sharpness is observed at f5.6-f10.

Curiously, at the minimum focusing distance (65cm), this lens is slightly ahead of Canon EF 50mm f1.2L for detail. But already from a distance of 2-3 meters, the native fifty-kopeck piece shows the best results at any aperture in any part of the frame. MDF 65cm is quite a lot for fifty dollars. This lens is inconvenient to shoot small objects.

The bokeh of the lens is very neutral with no characteristic pattern. On an open aperture, the bokeh is unpleasantly double. As soon as we close to f1.4, the double vision disappears. There are prominent onion rings inside the bokeh circles.

The lens has a rather low contrast. The color rendition goes into a cold shade relative to the native optics. Light transmittance (T-stop) slightly lower than the native EF 50mm f1.2L. At open apertures, there is severe vignetting, which makes all images rather dark without correction.

At f1.2, there are a lot of different aberrations. The most typical deviation is orange flare from side light sources. The hood doesn't help. You can cover the light source with your hand or close the aperture.

meike 50mm f1.2 photo sample

Summary

The lens is specific and not for everyone. In terms of optical properties, this is a complete failure. He is downright weak. But, as is often the case, disadvantages can turn into advantages. Optical jambs can be used for extraordinary artistic effects. The lens will appeal to those looking for something unusual for creative filming.

It is also worth not forgetting that native optics with similar parameters cost about 3 times more. This is where you get a full-frame super-fast lens for a relatively small price tag.

Meike RF 50mm f1.2 price on AliExpress

Video review of Meike 50mm f1.2:

Also see review on Meike 85mm f1.8

Fujinon XF 50mm f1,0 R WR review

Fujinon XF 50mm f1.0 R WR review

My review came with a lens with a unique f1.0 aperture. There are only two autofocus lenses with such aperture in the world - Canon EF 50mm f1.0L (1989-2002) and Fujinon XF 50mm f1,0 R WR (2020). The full-frame Canon EF 50mm f1.0L has long been out of production and costs a lot of money at flea markets. The Fujinon XF 50mm f1,0 R WR is a crop lens released in 2020 for use on Fujifilm X-mount cameras. It is unlikely that you will be able to attach it somewhere else ...

This miracle of photography looks like this:

So. The Fujifilm XF 50mm f / 1.0 is a rather big and difficult prime lens. It can be compared in size and weight (845 grams) with full-frame SigmaART... But in the image I liked it more. Very nice color reproduction, super-saturated colors and at the same time, good detailing. There is nothing to find fault with, this lens surpasses any expectations regarding image quality. Problems only in price and weight. If you are ready to carry an expensive keg under a kilogram of weight on a crop camera for the sake of incredible portraits - take it without thinking.

Examples of photos on Fujifilm X-S10 + Fujinon XF 50mm f1.0 R WR:

The box is creamy, most of all reminded to me of 85mm f1.2 lenses in full frame. By the way, 50mm f1.0 on crop is equivalent to flu 75mm f1.4 at full frame. This means that the background will not blur very little. And if you move further, you can even shoot groups of people and they will be in focus. It is important from what distance you will be photographing. If you shoot very large, then a person's nose may be blurry. But on 50mm I would not recommend doing that.

Autofocus is fast, although when you hold this lens in your hands, you can feel the movement of the lenses inside. There is a barely audible focusing sound that sounded like dot matrix printers.

For more details, see my video review. Fujifilm XF 50mm f / 1.0 R WR:

I also recommend an inexpensive fix with a similar aperture ratio - ttartisan 50mm f1.2 - but no autofocus.

Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM video review

With some delay I am publishing this video review. Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM impressions article appeared on the site much earlier.


I will add a few words about the Canon EF 50mm f1.2L USM. This is a good lens. With very nice color rendering, bokeh and patterns. He can't help but like it. It is also pleased with its construction, strong and reliable, in contrast to the simpler fifty rubles from Canon. The only and very significant drawback is its cost. This is an expensive lens. Moreover, its differences from Canon 50mm f1.4 in my opinion are absolutely not worth the extra thousand dollars.