Saturday, July 3, 2010

Three brand-new Samyang/Rokinon lenses you may want to consider

We've brought in a selection of unique Samyang/Rokinon lenses. These are very good quality Korean manual focus lenses, built of metal and high-quality plastic, with smooth focusing mechanisms and aspherical elements. Compact and well-made, they can help fill gaps in your lens lineup at a surprisingly affordable price.

In stock now are the 8mm fisheye, 14mm f2.8 full-frame wide angle, and 85mm f1.4 short telephoto lens, in Nikon or Canon EF mount. We have samples of all three lenses in store, and we encourage you to stop in and try them out yourself.

85mm f1.4

The 85mm f1.4 has been getting excellent reviews, and I can confirm that the lens is a very good performer. The sharpness is excellent, and it renders very pleasant out-of-focus areas. Samples will be available very soon, but a quick comparison with other fast 85mm lenses is here. The package includes a lenshood and cap. Available in Nikon and Canon EF mount; Nikon versions have AI chips to enable metering on all Nikon DSLR models. $399.

14mm f2.8

The 14mm f2.8 full-frame wide angle is a fantastic lens, and probably my favourite of the bunch, with excellent sharpness all the way to the edges even on full-frame cameras. Distortion is present, but not overwhelming for such a wide-angle lens. This is one of the best deals we've seen on an ultra-wide, full-frame, non-fisheye lens. Samples are available here. $569.

8mm f3.5
The 8mm f3.5 fisheye is designed for crop sensors, providing a 180-degree field of view with that classic fisheye distortion. There is some chromatic aberration present, but it's very well controlled, and the lens produces images of excellent clarity and contrast. $399.

Note that all three lenses are manual-focus only. For those of you who've been using autofocus lenses exclusively, you may be wary about making another adjustment- but I'd like to reassure you that these lenses are very pleasant and easy to focus. Both the wide-angle lenses have excellent depth of field, minimizing any focusing errors you might make, and the 85mm's large aperture makes precision focusing quick and evident.

In addition, the smooth manual-focus mechanisms are great for video use.

I've been very impressed with these lenses, and I hope that you'll be as well. But, as always, we welcome you to try our in-store samples and see for yourself.

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