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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 […]

January 27, 2016 Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Image Gallery

Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Image Gallery I was excited about these little mirrorless lenses from the moment that they were announced.  They are available in Canon M, Fuxi X, Sony E, and Micro 4/3rds mounts.  I own the Rokinon 12mm f/2 NCS lens from this series already, and it has delighted me both […]

January 25, 2016 Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC Lens Image Gallery

Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 AS UMC Lens Image Gallery I’m delighted to have the pair of Rokinon’s new fast aperture prime lenses in hand for review.  I own the Rokinon 12mm f/2 prime and have been delighted with it, and am happy to see that the Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4 lenses are both equally […]

March 27, 2015 Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Review

Samyang/Rokinon has entered uncharted waters with the release of the new 50mm and 135mm lenses (read my review of the 50mm f/1.4 here). Previously they have primarily offered budget alternatives to a variety of large aperture primes that typically cost a lot of money. Samyang has carved itself out a niche by offering lenses with no […]