I just received my Rokinon 14mm today from Amazon and I wondering if someone could help me figure out how to use this lens. I've never had a manual lens and I guess I thought that live view would help me figure out what shutter speed to use while I am in M mode. I guess I was wrong and that makes sense given that my 5d Mark ii doesn't know what aperture the lens is at.
I am wondering if their is a more accurate way to get the exposure right besides trial and error. Also, what is the best way to test this lens and make sure I got a copy that is sharp corner to corner? One last thing, how can I tell when I am at infinity (I have heard that the markings on this lens aren't always the most accurate).
Thanks in advance!
I just ordered mine.
I borrowed one of these at an arcade fest in Houston a few weeks ago...was pretty fun and my first time using a manual lens like this too.
I rarely use live view (I've not actually figured out all the controls on it yet, will do that over xmas holidays)...but I just would set the 14mm to an aperture I wanted...experimented with different ones, but this was dark and no flash so mostly wide open.
I would then look through the view finder and click half way to see the meter, and then adjust my shutter speed till the meter showed a correct exposure, and most all of what I took was just fine.
I've just started looking at them in Aperture 3 to do a little PP..and they look great so far, exposure was pretty spot on, not much adjustments there. I've not tried to get any programs to adjust the distortion, but from what I'm seeing and what I was shooting..not really seeing any bad distortion, not like if you were shooting a brick wall where it is more apparent.
But like I said, I would just set the aperture, and most of my shots with it, I got the focus set to infinity, and then just metered through the viewfinder, adjusted the shutter speed (I set ISO to whatever seemed right)...and clicked away, just using the meter in the viewfinder.