web analytics

Rokinon

m_8mm_Fisheye_3

Very recently, Rokinon announced a couple of updates to their lens lineup. Their very good 8mm f2.8 fisheye was updated to version two, and the company also introduced their new 10mm f2.8 for APS-C DSLRs and 12mm f2 for mirrorless cameras. As with all things Rokinon, the lenses are manual focusing and also have full manual apertures. Many of the company’s lenses do not have coupling, so there will be no communication between the camera and the lens (with the exception of their offerings for Nikon DSLRs.) This also means that you’ll need to turn your cameras off of the automatic modes.

We’ve used lots of Rokinon’s lenses and often find lots of them to be super sharp–though problems do occur with quality control specifically with the focusing scale. But to fair, that’s only happened to us once.

We’re going to be calling in review units soon, but in the meantime you can check out the tech specs after the jump.

[click to continue…]

Samyang Rokinon 12mm f2

Rumor had it that Samyang, also known as Rokinon in the US, would have something to announce today. Many speculated that the lens manufacturer would finally introduce autofocus lenses, but the truth couldn’t be further from that. Today’s main announcement is a new 12mm f2 ultra wide-angle lens for mirrorless cameras, plus some updates on older lenses. For details, head past the break.

[click to continue…]

Rokinon 24mm f1.4

Third party lens makers have pretty much caught up with the original equipment manufcaturers, if not even surpassed them in many cases. Samyang, otherwise known as Rokinon or Bower, is a relatively young player on the DSLR lens market, but the company has already made a couple of respectable lenses that can easily hold their own against the OEMs’ offerings. One of these is the 24mm f1.4, a super fast wide-angle lens that is available for various DSLR mounts. DxOMark has tested it in EF mount, so it’s only logical that it be compared to the company’s own 24mm f1.4L offering.

[click to continue…]

Samyang SFH 14 filter holder

Samyang (otherwise known as Rokinon or Bower) has just announced an accessory filter holder for its 14mm f2.8 ultra-wide angle lens. Due to the strongly curved front lens element, the 14mm f2.8 comes without a built-in filter thread. This is the case with many ultra-wide angle lenses, and it can be annoying for photographers that are used to shooting with filters such as polarizers or ND filters.

For users of the Samyang 14mm f2.8 there is now the SFH-14 filter adapter, which attaches to the front of the lens and takes rectangular filter plates with a size of 161×139 mm and a thickness of 3 mm. The SFH-14 can take up two filters at a time, and can be rotated so that graduated filters can be used both horizontally and vertically.

Three filters that fit the SFH-14 will be manufactured by Cokin: the model 154 ND8, which is an ND8 neutral density filter, the model 121M ND4, which is a split ND4 neutral density filter, and the model 123S, which is a split blue filter. There’s no word yet on whether additional filter types–such as a polarizer filter–will be available in the future.

So far, it appears the SFH-14 filter holder has only been announced for Europe, where it will retail for € 32, which is approx. US-$ 44 at current exchange rates. The Cokin filters have retail prices of € 63 for the 154 ND8 model, and of € 68 for the other two models.

Via Photo Rumors

Samyang Full Frame E-Mount Lenses

When the Sony A7 and A7R full-frame E-mount cameras were first announced, the’re wasn’t really a huge number of lenses available for the system. Granted, both cameras work with E-mount APS-C lenses, but those don’t provide the large image circle needed for the full-frame sensor. So what many early adopters did was to adapt lenses from other systems to the A7 and A7R.

In order to address the lens shortage issue, Samyang/Rokinon, as one of the first manufacturers, has now come up with E-mount versions of some of its full-frame DSLR lenses. In order to make the lenses fit the A7 and A7R, Rokinon added extension to the lens barrels that make up for the difference in flange distance between the mirrorless E-mount and regular DSLR mounts. Hence why the lenses look like they’ve been mated to an adapter.

[click to continue…]

Chris-Gampat-The-Phoblographer-Sigma-30mm-f1.4-Review-images-18-of-33ISO-2001-200-sec-at-f-2.8

There are some lenses that are just better than others. And this year, we reviewed a slew of lenses. Only a couple are worthy of being called our favorites though.

[click to continue…]