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Episode 51 – Fully Manual Lenses

Posted by on Jan 18, 2013

Episode 51 – Fully Manual Lenses

On this episode, we basically just plugged a lot of Rokinon lenses. Someone from Rokinon, if you’re reading this, you owe us $6.73 for that. Our advertising doesn’t come cheap!

We primarily focused on the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens, which is highly recommended by all. Tom reviewed that lens here. We also discussed a full frame alternative to this lens, the Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 fisheye, although Tom remarked that the Rokinon 8mm will still work on full frame–you’ll just have to crop.

Corey mentioned the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 manual focus lens, saying that it’s a great budget full frame wide angle lens. This lens generally gets high marks for sharpness and isn’t too difficult to focus.

Other lenses mentioned briefly include the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 and the Rokinon 85mm f/1.4. Be warned, these lenses are more difficult to focus.

We also hit upon the newly-announced Rokinon Tilt/Shift lens. We’re all pretty excited about this one.

Thanks to Corey Dorsey for joining us on this episode. Check out his photos here.

This episode was brought to you by the former Soviet Union…and the new Walt Disney World and Disneyland Photo-a-Day apps!

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  1. Do you guys have any recommendations for super wide, 10mm or wider, rectilinear, non-fish eye manual lens for APS-C?

    • Unfortunately, no. At least I don’t.

      There’s always the option of the fisheye and then using defish software, but that’s far from ideal.

  2. With non-fisheye lenses does anyone find it difficult to focus with just the focus confirmation? What are your thoughts on getting replacement focusing screens with split prism & micro-prism?

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