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Today’s letter asks a question about flashes and lenses; you probably have the same one. So let’s get right into it!
Consider this, if you will, a highly specialized article/tutorial. As many readers have known, former staffers and I both have been obsessed with manual focus lenses. Part of this come from the experience, but part of it also has to do with the fact that it forces you to put more emphasis and attention into the creation of a single image. Some folks can do it, and some folks can’t. And that’s cool–but it gets much tougher when you work with longer focal lengths because of how little comes into focus at a given aperture and focusing distance.
Considering feedback I’ve recently received from the site’s Rokinon 135mm f2, this piece is designed to help you get the most from a telephoto lens with manual focus. Take it from a guy with a terrible astigmatism. It can applied to any focal length 85mm and above in a full frame 35mm equivalent, but also can be applied in some ways to anything longer than 50mm.
Many years ago, Rokinon wasn’t as much of a household name amongst photographers as they are moreso today–and I would never have thought that they’d come out with a 135mm f2 lens. They were associated with the likes of Vivitar–and indeed it took a long time for them to erase that history. Today, they’re regarded amongst the photography community as being synonymous with a budget Zeiss option.
In fact, that’s kind of what the Rokinon 135mm f2 performs like.
All images by Sony Artisan Jason Lanier. Used with permission.
Jason Lanier is an award winning photographer who has traveled the world pursuing his passion for photography. He left Nikon for Sony and uses the system to create beautiful photos that clients love. His love of photography grew out of his appreciation for landscape photography and he now incorporates the tenets of landscape imagery into all of his work. Jason also now teaches workshops about photography and believes that all photographers should be inspired by light.
Not wanting to be pigeonholed to one form of photography, Jason started shooting weddings while simultaneously building his portfolio in landscapes, wildlife, fashion, and model photography.
Today, Jason is a member of the Sony Artisan of Imagery Program, the Worldwide Ambassador for Rotolight, Sponsored Pro for Interfit, and an Affiliate with ThinkTank Camera Bags, Adorama, and Spiderholster.
But most of all, he’s an inspiration for every photographer that wants to go from hobbyist to full time pro.
“If you buy this lens and don’t shoot it wide open, that’s kind of a waste.” said TechRadar Laptop Editor and Phoblographer Alumni Kevin Lee to me the other night when we took a photowalk together. To be honest, I have to agree with him. We were talking about the Samyang 50mm f1.2 lens, which is the same lens as the Rokinon 50mm f1.2.
This lens is designed for cameras with an APS-C sensor or smaller, and so it’s a perfect portrait focal length for many shooters. With nine aperture blades and stunning image quality as Samyang has always delivered, there is very little to complain about with this lens–except that it may be too good.
The 85mm lens–it’s a classic and one of the most popular focal lengths for portrait photographers. This focal length is highly valued for many reasons–but above all else it compresses the view of the portrait subject just enough to render them flattering while allowing the photographer to maintain a close, intimate proximity to the subject. Beyond this, everyone loves bokeh and focal lengths like this offer lots of it.
We’ve scoured our Reviews Index to find and compile some of our favorite 85mm lenses just for you and have also included sample images from each of our reviews.
Samyang and Rokinon have always made quality lenses at a much more affordable price point; and today they’re announcing two new additions to their system. We’ve now got the addition of a 21mm f1.4 and a 50mm f1.2–and they’re both only for mirrorless cameras.