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First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:50:49 AM »
Hi everyone.  I've just started the review process on the new 50mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/2.  The optics on the latter are extremely impressive.

Here's a first look at the lenses and some general impressions.

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P.S.  I'd appreciate some feedback on how to actually embed the YouTube video here to make is easier for everyone.
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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First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« on: February 22, 2015, 08:50:49 AM »

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Re: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2015, 02:07:39 PM »
I did a couple of brief portrait sessions using the trio of lenses that I'm currently reviewing (these two primes + the Zeiss Distagon 21mm).

Here is one sample from the Samyang 135mm f/2:

It Takes More than an Umbrella by Thousand Word Images by Dustin Abbott, on Flickr
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: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2015, 05:57:01 AM »
I'm not a big fan of video review, so I won't comment on it, but that last image is really nice.
Getting a blurred background at that distance with a subject that small in the frame is giving it a very nice look. And as always, I love your colors. :)

Is the lens still shipping without any contact chip on it ? (still no focus confirm, exif, etc ? )

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Re: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #3 on: February 24, 2015, 03:19:20 PM »
I'm not a big fan of video review, so I won't comment on it, but that last image is really nice.
Getting a blurred background at that distance with a subject that small in the frame is giving it a very nice look. And as always, I love your colors. :)

Is the lens still shipping without any contact chip on it ? (still no focus confirm, exif, etc ? )

Djaaf.

The only mount in Samyang products that has a focus confirm chip is Nikon.  None of the others have any electronics.  If I were to purchase one of these lenses, I would add a Dandelion focus confirm chip to it and then calibrate it to make sure it was accurate.
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: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2015, 06:09:48 AM »

The only mount in Samyang products that has a focus confirm chip is Nikon.  None of the others have any electronics.  If I were to purchase one of these lenses, I would add a Dandelion focus confirm chip to it and then calibrate it to make sure it was accurate.

I did that with my Samyang 14mm, but I'd really like not to do it again, as the calibration process was really a pain to do properly (and for an UWA at f/2.8... I don't really want to think about calibrating the dandelion chip on a 135 f/2... :) )
Wasn't there a few rumors around saying Samyang would put a chip on its lenses in the not-too-far off future ?

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Re: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2015, 09:45:30 AM »

The only mount in Samyang products that has a focus confirm chip is Nikon.  None of the others have any electronics.  If I were to purchase one of these lenses, I would add a Dandelion focus confirm chip to it and then calibrate it to make sure it was accurate.

I did that with my Samyang 14mm, but I'd really like not to do it again, as the calibration process was really a pain to do properly (and for an UWA at f/2.8... I don't really want to think about calibrating the dandelion chip on a 135 f/2... :) )
Wasn't there a few rumors around saying Samyang would put a chip on its lenses in the not-too-far off future ?

Djaaf.

If that was the case, it hasn't become reality yet.
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: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2015, 12:45:44 PM »
Dustin, it looks like you too are sticking your old lenses onto the 6D. Nice group of Takumars!

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Re: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
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Re: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2015, 10:05:29 AM »
Dustin, it looks like you too are sticking your old lenses onto the 6D. Nice group of Takumars!

I really enjoy using vintage glass on modern cameras.  Some of those old lenses just have so much personality.  I'm going to do a shootout here in the next few weeks between the:

Helios 44-2
SMC Takumar 55mm f/1.8
SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4
Zeiss Planar T* 1.7/50mm

And maybe through the Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 into the mix just for the fun of it.
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: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2015, 03:50:57 PM »
I shoot the Mamiya-Sekor (M42 mount) 55 f/1.4, 60 f/2.8 1:1 macro; Nikkor AIS 50 f/1.2, 55 f/3.5 1:2 micro, and 105 f/2.5. Motley bunch is from my own old film camera (Mamiya-Sekor, back when they did 135 format cameras) and my dad's old camera. Some reviewer wrote of the AIS 50 f/1.2 that at f/1.2 the sizable aberrations can be thought of as features for certain types of shots.

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Re: First Look at the Samyang/Rokinon 50mm and 135mm Primes
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2015, 03:50:57 PM »