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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2013, 03:54:12 PM »


Thank you for this "real life" observation.  This is the kind of thing that most reviewers (like myself) wouldn't know unless something similar happened.  We judge a lens by feel and the apparent quality of the moving parts, but don't necessarily know the internal construction or how it would react to a bit of "violence".

The fact that you replaced it with a second copy also says something significant!

I just need to not trip over my tripod leg again!  BTW, loved your pics, as well.

Things happen in the field.  I had some light stands go over because of wind in a portrait shoot earlier this week.  My wireless trigger's battery door on one of the flashes popped off and I was digging through the leaves and detritus in the forest trying to find both the battery door and the batteries (fortunately found both).  I escaped with not more than a new scuff on my 580EXII and some bent supports in my umbrellas - still, it drove me crazy.  I am very protective of my gear.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2013, 04:10:47 PM »
Great review, thanks.  This lens is on my wishlist.

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2013, 06:24:19 PM »
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
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #18 on: October 01, 2013, 09:04:29 PM »
Great review, thanks.  This lens is on my wishlist.

Thank you.  I think it is a great option considering that it probably fills a small niche for most people and the price is in line with that.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2013, 09:06:56 PM »
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.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2013, 12:40:38 AM »
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.
the 8mm is quite small its about the size of the 50mm f1.8 with the bulbous bit stuck on top if you can imagine that

its a nice lens and i had ML alpha running with the focus peaking is awesome on the M since there is no VF, but for around 200 bucks on a crop body i don't think the 8mm can be beaten by anything

obviously with the EF adapter on it gets longer, I am hoping samyang release an EF-M mount version which would be flat out awesome for this camera i wouldn't think they would need to do too much optically
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2013, 07:55:59 AM »
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.
the 8mm is quite small its about the size of the 50mm f1.8 with the bulbous bit stuck on top if you can imagine that

its a nice lens and i had ML alpha running with the focus peaking is awesome on the M since there is no VF, but for around 200 bucks on a crop body i don't think the 8mm can be beaten by anything

obviously with the EF adapter on it gets longer, I am hoping samyang release an EF-M mount version which would be flat out awesome for this camera i wouldn't think they would need to do too much optically

I would love to see other manufacturers buy into the EOS M system, but I'm afraid that at the least CANON is going to have demonstrate that they have bought into the M system!  Thanks for the info, by the way.
6D x 2 | EOS-M w/22mm f/2 + 18-55 STM + EF Adapter| Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 | Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC | 35mm f/2 IS | 40mm f/2.8 | 100L | 135L | 70-300L -----OLD SCHOOL----- SMC Takumar 28mm f/3.5, Super Takumar 35mm f/3.5, SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8, Helios 44-2 and 44-4, Super Takumar 150mm f/4

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2013, 08:32:16 AM »
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2013, 08:33:38 AM »
Here's another that I have just taken with the Rokinon:


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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2013, 09:08:24 AM »
I'm sold, thanks for the real-world review, Dustin. :). This lens begs to be used in portrait orientation.  Most of the distortion is easily correctable and becomes insignificant outside of architectural work.  Looks even sharper than I'd hoped.  I like to rent-to-try, but for the price/performance the Rok14 is just-buy-and-enjoy.

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #25 on: October 04, 2013, 11:15:45 AM »
I'm sold, thanks for the real-world review, Dustin. :). This lens begs to be used in portrait orientation.  Most of the distortion is easily correctable and becomes insignificant outside of architectural work.  Looks even sharper than I'd hoped.  I like to rent-to-try, but for the price/performance the Rok14 is just-buy-and-enjoy.

I think I'd have to agree.  I'm obviously thankful that I got an opportunity to try the lens myself before investing, but that was a fairly unique situation.  If someone is aware of the limitations of the lens (particularly when it comes to the manual nature) going in I seriously doubt that many will be disappointed by this lens.  It is very, very sharp!
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #26 on: October 04, 2013, 02:05:19 PM »
I have the Samyang 14mm, though have not used it much so far. My first choice would be the Zeiss 15mm, but @ ~$3000 US, my budget wont allow it at this time. I purchased the Samyang 14mm based on reviews at Photozone & some other reviews, and the very nice price compared to the Zeiss 15mm& Canon 14mm costs.Though it is not AF, at this focal length it is not that important. It is a pretty amazing uwa lens. I also thought the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower were the same lenses sold with a different brand name, but see now based on other posts on this thread, there are some differences. They are all about the same cost, at least at B&H. I still would not buy the Canon over the Samyang, but would buy the Zeiss (if i won the lottery). I also have the Canon 16-35L, but prefer the Samyang @ 14mm over the Canon @ 16mm. If you want a UWA lens i would definitly recommend it. I like your photos Dustin, and thanks for the info on the dandelion chip wickedwombat. I will have to check that out.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #27 on: October 04, 2013, 03:39:19 PM »
I have the Samyang 14mm, though have not used it much so far. My first choice would be the Zeiss 15mm, but @ ~$3000 US, my budget wont allow it at this time. I purchased the Samyang 14mm based on reviews at Photozone & some other reviews, and the very nice price compared to the Zeiss 15mm& Canon 14mm costs.Though it is not AF, at this focal length it is not that important. It is a pretty amazing uwa lens. I also thought the Rokinon/Samyang/Bower were the same lenses sold with a different brand name, but see now based on other posts on this thread, there are some differences. They are all about the same cost, at least at B&H. I still would not buy the Canon over the Samyang, but would buy the Zeiss (if i won the lottery). I also have the Canon 16-35L, but prefer the Samyang @ 14mm over the Canon @ 16mm. If you want a UWA lens i would definitly recommend it. I like your photos Dustin, and thanks for the info on the dandelion chip wickedwombat. I will have to check that out.

The Zeiss 15mm would be my first choice, too, if money were no object.  It is currently my most desired Zeiss lens that I'm aware of.  But it is also almost ten times the price of the Rokinon, and I'm very happy with the images I'm getting out of the Roki.
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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #28 on: October 04, 2013, 05:43:16 PM »
Great review and lovely pictures  :)
You've made me really want one of these!

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Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« Reply #29 on: October 04, 2013, 06:49:10 PM »
Great review and lovely pictures  :)
You've made me really want one of these!

Thank you.  I suspect that just might be why the distributor supplies me with equipment to test  ;D
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