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Thread: Rokinon - Samyang - Bower
06-28-2011, 02:47 PM #1
Rokinon - Samyang - Bower
I finally picked up the Rokinon 14mm 2.8 lens for my Canon 5D. I had been on the fence for a while, but I really didnít want to drop over $2300 for the Canon 14mm prime, so I picked up the Rokinon.
After a few test shots around my house last night, I can say I was surprised with the overall quality of the images. Edges were sharp and great color contrast throughout the image. The barrel distortion is easly fixed in post. The lens body is plastic, but for under $400, I really could care less. On the bright side, the lens is very light.
I started this thread for others mags to post their experience with these lenses. I have heard good things especially about the 85 1.4.
06-28-2011, 03:27 PM #2
Love love love my 85. I'm kind of indifferent to my 8mm. Not that there is anything wrong with it, but it's very rarely that you're gonna lug around an 8mm. Really thin at some point I'm gonna grab the new 35. Some 85 snaps. Nothing special but I likes em.
I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-28-2011, 03:34 PM #3This is the worst pain EVER!
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06-28-2011, 03:39 PM #5I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-28-2011, 03:42 PM #6I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-28-2011, 03:51 PM #7
Damn, why did I have to read this thread? Now I want that 85mm f/1.4.
06-28-2011, 04:42 PM #8
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06-28-2011, 04:51 PM #10I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-28-2011, 04:52 PM #11
Overstock.com also has them.
With the new manual focus peeking firmware updated for the NEX, I need to pick one (several) of these up...This is the worst pain EVER!
06-28-2011, 10:56 PM #12
Hey Advres, can you post some more examples of shots you took with the 85mm f/1.4 that show ultra thin DOF?
06-28-2011, 11:42 PM #13
^Sure.... My copy has some pretty crazy CA but I think it adds character to the lens.
This one really shows how the foreground and background melt. The lens is truly amazing for the price. Less than $300 for an ultra fast prime with that kind of IQ????
Just so you know... As has been said a million times over, you absolutely need to use live view with the 85 to pull accurate focus wide open. This isn't a "look through the viewfinder and focus" that is for sure!!! But super shallow wide open and tack sharp stopped down.I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-28-2011, 11:47 PM #14
If you need more examples I have a few hours between work and when I need to get ready to leave tomorrow. Maybe a shot of a yardstick?I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-29-2011, 12:51 AM #15
Was packing up my gear before heading to bed and thought I'd take a snap for smmokan. Sorry this isn't to my flickr with exif but it was taken at 1.4 , ISO 800 at about 4' (closest distance for focus). Nothing special again but it should give you a good approximation of the DOF this lens achieves.
Zero manipulation done. This is raw, just resized saved to jpeg.I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-29-2011, 01:23 AM #16
The out of focus areas are seriously nice on that lens. Surprising! About the same FOV as the 50mm on a crop, too. Could someone make 5DMkIIs not cost $2500, please?
06-29-2011, 02:09 AM #17
that is on a crop....I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-29-2011, 07:40 AM #18What can brown do for u?
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06-29-2011, 08:47 AM #19
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06-29-2011, 10:13 AM #21
All of them. I only have a 7d.
EDIT - Shit, after rereading your first post, I misunderstood what you meant. Thought you said DOF not FOV, My bad.I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-29-2011, 10:27 AM #22
Hey advres, do you use a tripod with this all the time?
06-29-2011, 10:43 AM #23
I've actually only had it on a tripod a handful of times. The only one above shot on a tripod is the bird. The only reason I did was because I was waiting for a sunset so I had the tripod already setup.
My "technique" is rather weird. I look through the viewfinder to roughly compose the shot. Since it's a real long lens on a crop it usually takes some moving of the feet to get you to where you want. Then once I'm standing where I want the picture, I leave the camera where it is and pull my head back to use live view. After I pull focus using the 10x zoom, I pull my head back to the camera, recompose the framing and take the picture. I could do it all in liveview I suppose but I feel more steady with the camera pressed to my face. I suppose a tripod would be easier but then you got to carry itI think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.
06-29-2011, 11:22 AM #24
Here's a quick video of it in action...
This is the worst pain EVER!
06-29-2011, 11:25 AM #25
That's pretty sexy. But you still have to use live view. What would be awesome was if they could put that technology into a digital viewfinder. THAT would be love in my eyes.I think you have me confused with someone who is far less awesome.