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Coming up next month will be a review of the Rokinon 12mm F/2 lens.  I’ve been trying to use it when I get a spare moment, and have a couple of pics for you below.  I like it so far, it’s sharp wide open.  I plan to do some milky way type shots with it soon.  BTW; the featured image (homepage sunset shot with people) has nothing to do with this lens, I just posted it because it looks different from the other recent tests and reviews featured images.

Look for a review of the spectacular Fuji GSW690lll later this month.  This one has the wide angle 65mm lens, (that’s about what a 28mm lens covers in 135 film format).  This camera makes you want to ditch your digital crap and go all film.  To get the most from this camera you need to pay attention to the basics of photography, and  have access to a very good film scanner.  I’ll post some large scanned samples up to 10,000 pixels wide!!  I said a few weeks back I was first going to do the other one with the 90mm F/3.5 lens, but I wasn’t happy with the samples I made with it, so I’ll go  back and re-take the test photos and then review it.

Did anyone see this post at petapixel a few months ago?  It’s about anamorphic lenses that you can attach to your standard DSLR camera lenses.  I’m going to check this out; I really like the look.

Samples from the Rokinon 12mm F/2 lens taken with the Sony A6000, RAW and converted straight to jpegs.  Check out how sharp it is wide open!  There is some light fall-off, but that goes away mostly at F/2.8.  These first two images were taken hand held.  The third shot is from the A7R with crop mode on.  I straightened the image, so it’s not full size from the camera, which would be 4800 pixels wide.  I wouldn’t recommend using this for most interiors, it’s a little too wide, however, I just got it and wanted to see how it performed during a break at an interiors shoot.

Rokinon 12mm F/2 sample shots.

  • Rokinon 12mm F/2 @F/2
  • Rokinon 12mm F/2 @F/5.6
  • F/5.6 or F/8 not sure. A7R auto crop.

F/2 F/5.6 interior

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