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Meike MK 25mm F1.8

I’m still relatively green with photography - I picked up my Canon M50 camera just four months ago. And I’ve purchased only two additional lenses in that time:

  • Meike MK 25mm F1.8 (link)

  • YONGNUO YN50mm F1.8 (link)

With the YONGNUO lens, I also purchased an EF-M adapter. I’ll cover the YONGNUO and adapter in a future review.

The Meiki lens is a manual lens, which initially scared me off as a beginning photo/videographer.

 
 

I’ve seen a few other folks on sites like fstoppers.com, PetaPixel, DSLR Shooter and others do product shots using some pretty fancy equipment. Since I have a few pieces of non-fancy equipment, I thought I’d put the Meike manual lens through a product photo shoot and see how it comes out.

(Note: The Meike lens photos are taken with the Canon 15-45mm kit lens that came with the Canon M50. I then switch them around to take pictures of the kit lens with the Meike lens.)

 
 

The Meike lens has a solid body and while the aperture ring takes some getting used to - the ring is close enough to the camera body that I’m not able to dial in the right aperture without looking at the ring - the focus ring is super smooth. As a manual lens, it’s probably more important that the focus ring is the easier of the two to adjust without looking.

 
 

While I had an inkling of an idea of what aperture meant, I’m super glad this has a 1.8 f-stop. It creates a really nice bokeh look - where the foreground subject is in perfect focus and the background is blurred. Coupled with the manual nature of the lens, it’s a lot of fun to focus on the subject, then see how it ‘pops’ from the blurred background.

 
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In looking at the picture above the picture above, you can see the different in the two lenses. The 15-45mm is super sharp and the background has a nice blur to it. The picture above is taken from the Meike - still capturing a super clear foreground image with an even more blurry background. The difference in apertures is 3.5 (Canon) v. 1.8 (Meike).

 
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The clarity when focused on small font is really nice. Even with the bounce from the lens glass, the details and blurred background make a nice combination.

 
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One last image from the Meike - pretty nice given all the patterns, text and the black casing of the lens.

 

At the beginning of this article, I mentioned I had some non-fancy equipment. Here’s what I used to capture these shots:

  • Yellow marker board

  • Blue marker board

  • Bench

  • Couch

  • Overhead light, or what I’d consider my “key” light

  • Side light, or what I’d consider my “fill” light

How did this come together?

Last weekend, I was watching a video from Botvidsson about setting up a product photo shoot. I didn’t have all that fancy equipment or cameras or setup - however I did have a few pieces and some creativity that I thought I could pull it off.

I moved an inexpensive umbrella light close to the bench and maneuvered the light so the bulb was ~6 inches from the bench. I then placed a yellow sheet of board paper on the bench and placed the lens on top of the yellow paper. I then propped a blue sheet of board paper up against the couch. I grabbed a tripod and placed the camera on the tripod, positioning it ~10 inches from the lens object.

After taking a few practice shots and repositioning the umbrella light, I brought in a small portable light that I could move around based on the direction of the lens object. The hope was that I could move the shadows around so they wouldn’t impact the final image.

Once ready, I placed the camera in a 2-second delay mode, clicked, reviewed, then cleaned up.

Pretty easy. And fun!