I think this lens is a spinoff from the one aimed at people who would want it for video. Plus a MF lens is easier to focus manually than an AF lens in manual.
I had an 8mm rokinon lens and I was pretty impressed with image quality... But I'm not sure why I would pay $400 for a manual 50mm.
Is the image quality better than the Canon 50mm f1.4? If not, then is the build quality better? If not, why would I consider paying this much for much less lens?
+1 I don't get it. Unless the IQ is head and shoulders better than the Canon 50/1.4 why pay more for this MF lens? I don't have anything against Rokinon, I owned their 14/2.8 USM and enjoyed it, but don't see why this lens is worth paying more for than decent AF lenses.
Good point. I hadn't thought about the video market. I would agree, I think that would have to be the main attraction for this lens. Has anybody ever had a repair done on a Rokinon? I think I read something a while ago by Roger at LenRentals that basically said they're throw away lenses as you can't get support for them. Curious if that's still the fact. If that is the case, then I'd still pay more to have that assurance of a real company supporting the products I'm buying.