And it has a red ring!
I've only started seeing the brand in recent months and they don't seem to get reviewed much. Just wondering if anyone has used one of their lenses? Their fisheyes and 14mm look well priced and MF wouldn't worry me. Optically, are they ok? Are they anywhere near the Canon 14mm or should I continue to keep saving?
I have used the 85mm f/1.4 and the 8mm f/3.5 on my previous pentax K20D and now I am using the 14mm f2.8 on my 5D mark II.
In Canon mount, they are all complete manual lenses. But for Pentaxians they have a "A" position on the Aperture ring, so they can work as any modern lens, just AF is missing. For Nikon, a version containing a chip is available for each model (AE) giving light metering on bodies, and aperture can be managed on body for D7000 and higher models if I am correct.
Optically, Samyang lenses are as good as their main opponents! You can find very good reviews on PhotoZone
and on Lenstip
More specifically, the 24mm I am using on the 5DII is as good if not better than the Canon 14mm F2.8L II! Especially, the resolution is razor sharp from edge to edge, even at f/2.8! The only drawback is a "mustache" distortion, difficult to correct for people doing architectural pictures (read the reviews on he previously cited websites for more details). Hopefully, you can correct easily correct the distortion using the cheap software PTLens and the integrated correction module.
Another very good and important news is the "almost" official announcement of the development of a Tilt & Shift lens by Samyang
. The information was given by Rokinon, Samyang distributor in North America.
For memory, even Nikon and Canon's T&S lenses lack autofocus. So if optical quality of the Korean counterpart is just equal, that would be a "revolution" in the T&S little world!!