CHINESE X GEAR: Meike launches Fuji TTL Flash & 2 Vertical Battery Grips for the X-T1 + Kaxinda 35mmF1.7 Lens

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The Chinese photography accessories brand MEIKE, famous for battery grips, is going to release a TTL capable flash for Fujifilm cameras (the MK320 F Speedlite) and 2 Battery Grips for X-T1.

THE FLASH

It can be pre-ordered from Chinese e-commerce site Taobao for RMB 420 ($67). From the Flash product page (in English):

High GN: 32
TTL
Manual Flash (S1/S2 mode)
Adjustable Tilt & Swivel Head
LCD Lattice screen
LED-Assistive preview focus
Metal hot shoe
Support synchronization of front and rear curtains
Memory function

I can’t find anything about HSS. Here is a video (not Fuji version) of this flash.

THE GRIPS

There are 2 grips, the MK-XT1 Pro and the MK-XT1. There is no English version of the product description, but the FujiRumors reader, who passed me the news (thanks!) said that:

– The MK-XT1 Pro comes with a IR remote with an effective range of 100m.
– Can set delay time (selfie timer?)
– Can set exposure time, time between pictures and number of pics. I guess it mean full intervalometer features.
– Both are weather-sealed, but I am not sure if the NO remote version just does not come with a remote or is simply incompatible.
– 480 RMB ($76) is the SRP (suggested retail price) for the remote version. SRP of NO remote version unknown.

THE LENS

And here is a Chinese manual Fuji lens: 33 1.6 (there is also a 35 1.7 MKII and 50 2.4) from Kaxinda. The lenses are available for a good price at Alibaba here and here.

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  • aki

    The best thing about the lens is the cap:

  • Andreas

    What a strange aperture ring?!!? Is there actually a stop in between f/8 and f/22?

    • The aperture ring is closer to the mount. What you describe is just DOF vs aperture / focus distance scale.

  • Would be nice to get some more info about the grip. The non-Pro sounds better (if the only difference between the 2 is that IR remote thing).

    • Mguel

      Yes, as much info as possible :P, great news for me and would also tend to go with the non pro. Any news on an aproximate release date?

  • Leet

    Hey Patrick,
    maybe you could also mention the Meyer-Optik-Görlitz TRIOPLAN f2,8/100 mm
    which is coming in October for Fuji-X. Probably more interesting than this chinese lens.

    http://www.meyer-optik-goerlitz.de/de/trioplan-f28-100-mm/

  • Didiergm

    The fact that third party suppliers seems to think that there is a big enough Fuji market to start supplying add-ons or lenses is in itself a good new.

    The Meyer-Optik-Görlitz might be aq tad on the expensive side of things. We’ll see.

  • LeFred

    I really like this type of old-fashion focusing ring as can be seen on this lens.
    Don’t you think it would be great if Fuji used this design ?

    • Federico Giulio D’Ostuni

      This is not possible because manual focus with fuji lenses is kind of “virtual”: when you turn the focus ring it will give the input to the motor lens and focus so the focus ring will not block but it can be turned endless.

  • Ae

    This 35mm just looks like another variation on the CCTV 35 1.7/1.6 lens. Not that that’s a bad thing, its a great little optic, but a bunch of these have been popping up lately. I like that they made this particular model of it nice and short, instead of leaving the lens barrel much longer than necessary as in the past; most of those 35 1.7s basically have a built-in lens hood.

    Here’s another recent variation of that lens to come out lately. The actual CCTV versions typically had poorly marked aperture and focus rings that were essentially useless, so its nice to see this great little lens starting to get nicer barrels.

  • sidtw

    Found these pics on Lutian, a Taiwanese online-shop: http://goods.ruten.com.tw/item/show?21444590657726

  • ChatNoir

    It has been poster 1000x now, but we’ve come to a point now that Fuji really needs to take a better ownership of its own, credible X-flash-range. Not the rebranded Sunpak cheap amateur stuff. 1 or 2 credible models that allow a decent event-shooting are fair enough. I also don’t want to use this kind of cheap, toyish strobe-alike flash gear on an expensive camera – I just don’t trust it.

    • phxp

      funny

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