My Fuji and … a Meike 35mm f1.7

No sharpness tests, pixel counting or other technical mumbo jumbo, just everyday pictures with the intention of showing the view angle, color pattern and character, and my thoughts of the lens.

The Meike 35mm f1.7 FX mount

Mounted on my Fujifilm X-T20

18 september unboxing of the lens and first use :

Apart from the DOF ring that was loose when the lens was delivered, I cannot find any negative points at this time and after a week of use.
The focus ring runs smoothly, but yes, that doesn’t really say much, it runs as smoothly as a lens in the analog era, and that is good as it should.
The aperture ring is much stiffer than the focus ring, but that is also necessary, because the aperture is clickless and should not simply shift.

18 november review ( two months of use )

No further technical flaws found.
On the Fujifilm X-E1, which has the smallest viewfinder from the X series (0.62x), the lens can be focused well, the focus ring rotates slightly more than 180 ° for the full range from infinity to 0.3m, which is enough space to focus precise.
What I don’t like about the lens is the aperture ring, which is stepless – another problem is the distance between each stop, between f1.7 and f8.0 this is about 10mm, then from f8.0 it goes straight to f22 in 5mm, if you like to know which aperture is set, then settings after f8.0 are a big guess. Is this really a problem? that will depend on U.

Compare lens length – Notice aperture distance 8-22

I have an Olympus OM Zuiko 35mm f2 that I use with an adapter OM/FX, I bought the Meike 35mm f1.7 because I wanted a shorter lens length than the Olympus/adapter combination.
The Meike is 36mm long – 35mm shorter than the Olympus with adapter,
with his f1.7 the lens is also faster than the Olympus.
The picture quality is (very) good.
The price ? for the Olympus OM Zuiko 35mm f2.0 I paid € 120, plus an adapter from K&F Concept at € 21 = total € 141,
I paid the Meike just under € 100.
Would I buy the Meike if the Olympus lens would fit on my camera without an adapter ? well I’ll be very honest, if I didn’t really compare them I would say no. Now, I have to admit that the Meike produces at least as good images as the Olympus. So the answer is: YES !


The build quality of the Olympus is better, the aperture does not have the problems of the Meike.
But am I satisfied with the lens as everything is now? Yes. The lens is fairly sharp (look at the 100% crops below), there is almost no distortion, almost no vignette, at least not much. The colors are vibrant, price-quality compared it is certainly a good lens to buy.

Pictures taken with Meike 35mm f1.7 on a Fujifilm X-E1 – all pictures are developed from Raw to Jpg in RawTherapee and outside of auto exposure I have not made any adjustments to the image (no sharpening or denoising, no filters or color adjustments)

100% Crop
100% Crop

The Meike 35mm f1.7 compared to the Olympus OM Zuiko 35m f2

first set : both lenses at f2.0, the Meike even seems sharper than the Oly.
second set : both lenses at max aperture, with the Meike that is f22, the Oly goes up to f16 max., here the Meike is very close to the Olympus, still a bit sharper I think.

Left: Meike 35mm f2.0 – Right: Olympus OM 35mm f2.0
Left: Meike35mm f22 – Right: Olympus OM f16

Final Conclusion :

Now, this is not a full lens test.
That is not my intention either.
However, comparing side by side says a lot.
And the “everyday pictures” also say a lot.
I am a real fan of the Olympus OM Zuiko lenses, and they are recommended all over on many blogs and YouTube videos.
But honesty compels me to admit that this little wonder, the Meike 35mm f1.7, with its drawbacks, is a fantastic lens after all, and probably better than the old Oly.


Published by Marc R.

Belgium Based and Retired Photographer, IT specialist, Technician and Bushcrafter - not necessarily in that order. A few years back I got a message on my PC : "The box said 'Required Windows 11 or better'. So, I installed Linux Kubuntu 20.04 LTS" :-) - My Photography software : RawTherapee, Darktable, Digikam, Luminance HDR, Hugin, Gimp and many other. Oh yes, the email address is still there, but I'm not a Pentaxian anymore - now i'am proud to be a Fujiian !

2 thoughts on “My Fuji and … a Meike 35mm f1.7

  1. I love lens reviews, they really open your eyes to what it out there. I have the Meike 6.5mm circular fisheye and the build and image quality on that is amazing. People get do easily put off manual lenses, but they offer huge bang for buck, and most importantly are fun!

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