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You actually could use gel filters placed in the rear element. I've made some myself using magnetic strips cut out to fit in the rear mount. Purchased the gel sheets – Lee Filters Gel Sheet 210 0.6 Neutral Density (2 Stops) and Gel Sheet 299 1.2 ND (4 Stops) – from filmtools.com and glued onto each circular magnets. But in my opinion, the 14mm doesn't need any filters at all as it's so sharp and captures light and color really well without it.
P.S. To do long exposure shots with the Rokinon you have to be a little more creative, as just slapping a heavy ND filter on the front doesn't work. You have to pick the right lighting times and do things like stopping down and going to ISO 50. At the right times of day this isn't a problem.
Can you explain more about your comment. ND filter, low ISO, and smallest aperture for long exposure are common for me. Is this lens different with others?
Sweet shot Neuro, really nice bw convertion.
Thanks, Viggo! I was in Philadelphia a couple of weeks ago, took the opportunity to walk through the Eastern State Penitentiary - pretty cool place, and the photos just beg to be converted to B&W...
So people say you can't use ISO 25600. Last night I shot this photo at that ISO and a shutter of 6 seconds just to test location before I dropped the ISO to 6400 for the real shots. When I checked the shot out on the computer, I really liked it and the noise wasn't so much that I couldn't clean it up a bit in LR. Granted night skies are a little easier to deal with and the photo isn't perfect, but this is about as much noise as I would get with my T2i at ISO 1600!
Nice review Dustin (yet again)
Also I have the 8mm samyang which i use on my eos m, for the $200 or so it cost its an amazing lens
I put the dandelion chip on mine and programmed it using a 5D so it reports correct EXIF and has AF confirm and displays the wide open aperture rather than 00
I highly recommend putting one on they are about $20 off ebay just make sure you get the proper one from europe not the chinese copies
Thank you. How does the size compare between the two lenses? The 14mm is still a pretty compelling option on the M, but is a bit bulky. Once I get my own copy I will be putting the chip on the 14mm. Thanks for the tip regarding the source - that is a valuable bit of information.
Dustin, thank you for taking the time to write up and post your review of the Rokinon 14mm ultra-wide lens. As a result of your review, I think this lens will be my next purchase. I've been thinking about getting an ultra-wide, but have been hesitant to do so given the price of Canon's ultra-wides, the known issues with those lenses, and how much I'll likely use the lens. The 14mm Rokinon, it would seem, solves this dilemma.
wickidwombat, could you please provide more information on the autofocus confirmation chip you mentioned? I tried to find the European version you mentioned on eBay, but could not do so. Also, do you know if the AF chip will work on a 6D? Not having an AF confirmation chip is certainly not a deal breaker, but it is something I'd consider getting if it would work on a 6D.
I finally have my thoughts to chime in.
I like this lens, though have to say I won't be using it for probably 70% of my work. Why?
I shoot lots of gigs. Often the light is bad at best, but when I broke out my tamron 24-70 VC I found it could not focus in poor light. It was probably -1EV, but even with the AF assist lamp it was returning drastically OOF images, while acknowledging accurate focus.
The 50 1.4, 85 1.8, sigma 35 1.4 and the Canon 24-70 2.8 I&II all focused like champions in the same conditions even in servo with no assistance
So, in a bizzare turn of events, I find myself unable to use a standard lens designed for low light work in a low light environment. I guess I'll be using it for weddings, portrait shoots etc, but it'll be staying in the gear cupboard for gigs. Which is a shame, really....
Here is is:
Beautiful image, Dustin. I'd say it has all the qualities of a masterpiece.
+1 Awesome. Well done Dustin.
Agreed. Very inspiring.