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The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED MC Super Wide Angle Lens for Olympus 4/3 gives you approximately a 115deg. view with dramatic results when used with a full frame digital camera or 35mm film camera. With hybrid aspherical lenses, you will produce sharply defined images with a minimum of distortion and chromatic aberrations. This manual focus 14mm lens focuses as close as 0.9' (0.27m) from the lens and has a built-in petal-type lens hood. With some cameras, Shutter Lock must be disengaged on the camera's menu.
Very clear, easy to use.
I'm using this on my recently acquired D610. I was debating for days: I wanted an ultrawide, but the Nikon alternatives were too pricey for the amount I would use it. This lens was a good compromise. It is very sharp, and at f/2.8 it could be used for astrophotography (it even has a hard stop at infinity). Here are the compromises to consider to consider: 1) The biggest complaint you find online is that this lens has some funky distortion. It is mainly noticeable when shooting something with strong lines (See brick photo), but can be corrected in software while losing very little of the original frame contents. 2) It is manual focus. 3) The bulbous front element will require a large spot in your bag, and cannot take filters. 4) The aperture ring doesn't have a lock so you'll likely need to set it to 22 every time you put it on. All that said, for the price you're getting a great lens for those times you really want to go wide. I took a quick snapshot in the car to give an idea just how wide it is.
I use this lens to shoot interior real estate properties that have been foreclosed and refurbished. This lens better suits the need for this type of property. I love the focus assist that is possible by the addition of the Automatic Chip. The only problem is the is not as forgiving with distortion when not exactly level. It's extremely light which makes movement easy even on a full frame camera body.
I recently upgraded to a Canon 6D from a Rebel T3. I bought this lens after reading reviews here and talking to other photographers. This lens took some getting used to as I am not a manual photo shooter but I am learning. The lens is heavy so keep that in mind. I usually haul the camera equipment around in my car and work from there. The pictures I have taken are worth the lens.
This is a great lens for creative photography. It's manual focus so it takes a bit to get used to. Go to roccityphoto.com and search rokinon for a few photos.
When I received the lens I attempted to make use of the automatic chip for Nikon and it did not work. I have a 4 year old D700 and no matter what I did to focus the lens, it would not light up the indicator in my camera to confirm I had achieved focus. Not sure what the problem was. Other than that the lens seemed sharp but I did not take the time to do any other tests and returned it to Adorama for a refund. I am going to bite the bullet and buy the Nikon 14-24 so I don't have to compromise and struggle. In my business, I don't have time to dink around with something to get it to work. I just thought I would give this a try because of price but as usual, you get what you pay for. Otherwise I am sure landscape togs could make use of the lens because they have the luxury of time on their side when creating an image.
This lens is best used in well lit areas to assist with focusing. At 14mm it seems to have less distortion than similar lens. Manual focusing takes some practice. Using the distance indicators on the lens helps. When in focus the lens is sharp. I use the Nikon version lens with sensors for metering on a full frame camera. An auto focus version of this lens costs 3 times as much.
I bought this lens for shooting night skies and I have not been disappointed. Its been fantastic so far. no coma or CA and when shooting the recent aurora we had, it really was exciting going back through the files and seeing the quality of the files.
Bought for Canon. great wide angle, good sharpness and contrast for a bargain price, even at wide apertures. Minor drawback is that manual focusing is difficult in certain situations. Distortion is noticeable but can be corrected in photoshop or other tool
I bought the lens for night time shoots but have not had time for that. But it easy to use for my test shots during the my day.