Today we received an interesting email stating that Rokinon/Samyang could be coming out with a 10mm f2.8 lens designed for APS-C cameras. That means all DSLRs are covered as well as mirrorless cameras amongst Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Sony E mount, and Fujifilm X mount. The email stated that this is what the lens may look like and that it will have an f2.8 aperture (with the minimum being f16), and may even have something like 9 aperture blades for super creamy bokeh. No word on the types of coatings, or whether the lens will be available in a cine version either.
We weren’t given very many other details, but if the lens is real then we can probably expect an announcement around CES since it’s coming up soon. Otherwise, it’s a damned good Photoshop job.
At the moment, Sony has a very limited selection of lenses that can natively be used with the full frame E mount A7 and A7r cameras. But if you want to start transitioning into the system from your older one, there are a couple of lenses that we really recommend that you try to go for first to deal with some of the system’s shortcomings.
Some of these lenses we even had the opportunity of testing during our time with the camera. Here are just a few.
There are some lenses that we dream of, and then there are lenses that we seriously wish that we were truly worth of. In a world dominated by autofocus lenses, some manual focus glass takes a step back to the modern convenience of phase and contrast detection. But there are still lenses that are not only worth their weight in gold, but worth attaching to your camera and gluing on forever.
These lenses range from the affordable to the pricey–and many tend to drool just a bit too much on their pillows at night when these lenses come to mind.
Here’s our round up of five manual focus lenses that will be the apple of your eye.
According to Fuji Rumors, Samyang (better known as Rokinon in the US) may be coming up with a new super wide-angle lens for mirrorless systems soon. While earlier rumors were talking about a 12mm f2 lens, Fuji Rumors now found evidence for a 10mm f2.8 lens. Either would be fantastic, though the difference between 18mm-equivalent and 15mm-equivalent is considerable (assuming the lenses will be made for APS-C systems and not for full-frame). Unless the 10mm is going to be a fish-eye lens, there are currently two comparable lenses with that speed rating (one for DSLRs and one for Leica M), and both are from Zeiss (and extremely expensive.)
The 10mm f2.8 lens is said to become available for most mirrorless systems, including Fuji X, Canon M, Samsung NX, Sony NEX and Micro Four Thirds, but will also be made for DSLR systems from Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony. There’s no official word on either lens yet, but we’ll keep our eyes and ears peeled and will let you know of any future developments.
Before I say anything about this lens, I’ll say that I don’t normally work in the long telephoto range, and I’ve never had any experience with a mirror lens. Having said that, what I expected this lens to look like and what it actually looked like were two completely different things. When I heard that I’d be reviewing a 300mm lens for the Sony NEX-6 I have on loan from Chris Gampat, I thought I’d be lugging around a beast, but I was delightfully mistaken. The Rokinon 300mm has a curious optical design that I’ll talk about later which is known as a mirror lens for those of you never aware of them, and it has a penchant for doughnut-shaped bokeh. With a fixed aperture, fixed focal length, and no autofocus, this lens sits in a niche. Herein lies my review.
Rokinon is on fire lately. The Korean lens manufacturer has been producing a litany of quality manual focus prime lenses for the enthusiast and professional photographer at reasonable price-points. Continuing in this trend of quality primes, they have produced a first for any third-party lensmaker–a tilt shift lens. The Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f3.5 ED AS UMC (24mm TS for short) is a first of its kind in the third-party lens world, providing access to this type of lens to many who normally couldn’t afford such a specialty optic. I had a chance to spend a short amount of time with the lens and use it on a couple of architectural shoots, and these are my impressions and review. This will be a little more technical than my usual lens reviews, but I will try to keep it as user-friendly as possible. Head on past the break for the review.