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March 22, 2018 Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 Review

The release of the truly impressive new Sony a7R3 camera (and now the Sony a73!) has caught a lot of our attention. The a7R2 also caught my attention because of a great spec list and an impressive sensor, but when I spent time with it in 2017 I was left feeling a little ambiguous. It […]

February 23, 2018 Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 for Sony E Image Gallery

I’ve got a major showdown brewing between the three top 50mm options for Sony FE (full frame E mount mirrorless cameras):  the Sony FE 50mm f/1.4 Planar T*, Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar T*, and the upstart Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4.  All three lenses are different sizes and with different price points.  They also have […]

April 27, 2017 Rokinon (Samyang) SP 14mm f/2.4 Review

The twin brands of Samyang and Rokinon have long been known for manufacturing inexpensive manual focus lenses that have often had excellent optical performance.  The very first Rokinon lens I used/reviewed was the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 wide angle lens.  At the time I was using the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L, which I ended up selling to […]

March 22, 2017 Rokinon (Samyang) SP 14mm f/2.4 Image Gallery

I’ve been looking forward to spending some time with the new Rokinon (Samyang) SP 14mm f/2.4 lens.  I owned the less expensive Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens, and found it a pretty amazing optical instrument for the price.  It did have a number of quirks, however, along with some optical issues like strong distortion and heavy vignette. […]

February 27, 2017 Rokinon (Samyang) SP 85mm f/1.2 Review

Korean lens maker Samyang has settled into a certain niche in the past: they develop manual focus only lenses (with a few Sony exceptions) with highly competitive optics, consumer grade builds, and inexpensive prices. Well, a few of those things are still true. Recently another Korean company (automaker Hyundai) has launched a premium brand (Genesis), […]

February 4, 2017 Rokinon (Samyang) SP 85mm f/1.2 Image Gallery

I’ve been very excited since the announcement of a new high end line from Korean lens maker Samyang (Rokinon).  Samyang/Rokinon has developed a brand built upon delivering very good optical performance in an inexpensive package.  They (like Zeiss) have primarily produced manual focus only lenses, and this lens along with the newly announced 14mm f/2.4 lens are […]

March 3, 2016 Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC Review

The New Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 – Taking a Different Path There are diverging paths being taken in the photography world today. On one hand you have the top players in the full frame lens category, and, judging by most of the lenses I have reviewed recently, the trend is towards ever larger and heavier lenses. […]

March 1, 2016 Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Review

There are diverging paths being taken in the photography world today. On one hand you have the top players in the full frame lens category, and, judging by most of the lenses I have reviewed recently, the trend is towards ever larger and heavier lenses. I’ve been spending time with the excellent Zeiss Milvus 1.4/85mm […]