Summary: I never thought I'd want to go wider than 24mm but after seeing the photos on the Flickr Samyang 14mm f2.8 page (The lens is badged under different names, including also Bower and Vivitar.), and particularly those of the night sky with stars, I decided to give it a try. The lens is reputed to be very well corrected for distortions like coma that elongate points of light like stars. I've only just received the lens this week and took it out for a trial this morning.
Excerpt: I recently upgraded to a Canon 6D from a Rebel T3. I bought this lens after reading reviews here and talking to other photographers. This lens took some getting used to as I am not a manual photo shooter but I am learning. The lens is heavy so keep that in mind. I usually haul the camera equipment around in my car and work from there. The pictures I have taken are worth the lens.
Excellent value for the money. If you don't mind a manual lens, get this.
26 June 2014
Summary: I already owned a Rokinon 85mm f/1.8 lens, and have been extremely pleased with that. This Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lives up to the expectations I had for it. The DOF is amazingly deep on this lens, even wide open. Used on my Sony SLT-A58 with Focus Peaking, it's a breeze to focus, and on that camera, in Aperture mode the camera does just fine selecting the correct shutter speed.
Excerpt: This is a rare combination of quality imaging, value and speed. Nothing else comes close. Is the lens perfect?. No lens is perfect but this lens is better than lenses costing far more. In addition, I was able to find and download a free Adobe Lens Profile file for this lens that corrected distortion in Photo Shop and Lightroom. If you like super-wide images, you will like this lens.
Excerpt: When I received the lens I attempted to make use of the automatic chip for Nikon and it did not work. I have a 4 year old D700 and no matter what I did to focus the lens, it would not light up the indicator in my camera to confirm I had achieved focus. Not sure what the problem was. Other than that the lens seemed sharp but I did not take the time to do any other tests and returned it to Adorama for a refund.
Summary: I purchased this lens for night photography, and when I received it, it would not fit on my Sony A7R. I removed my 35MM Sony Lens very easily, and then tried for several minutes to line up the mounting ring on the Rokinon Lens, and it simply did not fit. I thought I was nuts, so I put the 35MM back on and it easily clicked into place like always.
Excerpt: This lens is best used in well lit areas to assist with focusing. At 14mm it seems to have less distortion than similar lens. Manual focusing takes some practice. Using the distance indicators on the lens helps. When in focus the lens is sharp. I use the Nikon version lens with sensors for metering on a full frame camera. An auto focus version of this lens costs 3 times as much.
Excerpt: Bravo Rokinon. Thank you for making a lens for the masses that is of such quality. I can't wait to see what else you bring to the FE lens ecosystem. For those wondering this lens is a full frame lens. When Rokinon released this lens for the NEX they actually designed the lens to cover a full frame sensor. The images that come out of this thing are outstanding.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Automatic Super Wide Angle Lens for Nikon DSLR Cameras
23 March 2014
Excerpt: It is good for Landscape photography. Not so good for taking party's, functions, weddings ,though i used this for my home functions, i got soft photos.Not sharp as landscapes.If you are buying this one for fun,it is recommended. But be careful when you go to beaches, dust and sand may go inside the body.