Rokinon 12mm f2

Discussion in 'Fuji' started by KillRamsey, Sep 25, 2015.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Wellllll I finally pulled the trigger. A trigger, anyway. With my squirreled-away hard-earned money, I ordered:

    Fuji XF23 f1.4
    Rokinon 12mm f2
    clear filters for both
    Circ Polarizer for 23mm lens
    2x Yongnuo 560 IV flashes
    One Yongnuo controller for those flashes, so I can change all settings remotely
    One portable diffuser
    2 packs of Eneloop batteries and a charger
    One nice set of gels for the flashes

    -pant pant pant-

    And it arrived. I ran outside and fired off a few shots with this-n-that. Here's a set of jpgs from the Rokinon 12 mil, unedited, SOOC. This is what $319 will get you.

    21700246732_176bf767f0_b.jpg KBRX4590 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    21089046914_192e18f31f_b.jpg KBRX4596 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    21524922579_a57961cde9_b.jpg KBRX4603 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Quick impression whole chimping the files on a screen: They got rid of essentially all the normal lens flaws (coma, flaring, fringing), but it's not quite as sharp as the Fuji stuff. It'd better NOT be, given the price. But it's more than sharp enough, and it's light, and clicks nicely, and the focusing is damped, and nothing rattles. I really liked shooting with it. More to come, I'm sure. Anybody else have this thing?
     
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  2. zpuskas

    zpuskas Regular

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    Nov 15, 2013
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Zoltan Puskas
    Looks good to me.
     
  3. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Jul 3, 2010
    Looks good to me also. Rokinon makes great primes.
     
  4. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Hall of Famer

    Nov 8, 2012
    New Mexico
    Larry
    Yep. That lens doesn't need to apologize for anything.
     
  5. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Ohhhh, this lens. Good lord. It's very quickly becoming my walk-around lens, crazy as that sounds. I absolutely love shooting with it. In no particular order...

    - The aperture ring is firm and steady, and easy to adjust without looking once you remember that it's half stops, not thirds. And f2 is fantastic.
    - Focus is easy, once you figure out where infinity really is. Put 'er in f5.6, focus a little in from infinity, try to keep the body level, dictate the electronic shutter, and you're just blasting away right amongst people without anyone noticing or caring.
    - The output is SO, so good. This is unedited, straight out of the X-T1, shot at f2:

    21789658915_8cb6121649_b.jpg KBRX4893 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    It vignettes a little at full aperture, which is frankly pretty much what I'd usually be doing to it in post anyway. I pulled these tree files up this morning, and my jaw hit the damned desk. I kept starting to edit, but then I'd stop, and say "...... why? This is what you wanted anyway."
     
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  6. stingx

    stingx Regular

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    Feb 12, 2015
    Nice! I'm a big fan of Rokinon manual primes.
     
  7. bartjeej

    bartjeej Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    Really cool. This lens is just a bit larger than I'd like, but then all of its competitors, also for different systems, are at least the same size. Super wide angle plus shallow dof is a combination that I'd really like to have at my disposal...
     
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  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Still deeply in love with it.
     
  9. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
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  10. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I never go out to anything "real" without this lens now. If I'm just going to a friend's house or the store or something, sure I'll still usually bring a camera (I have a problem) but I probably just bring the kit zoom or the 23. But when I know there's shots to be had, the 12 does a few tricks that nothing else can do. This, the 18-55, and the XC50-230 are the best bang-for-buck so far.

    23348718661_e1b5713445_b.jpg KBRX5867 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    22804103873_7e3537f3c5_b.jpg KBRX5563 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
     
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  11. Begi Nabara

    Begi Nabara Regular

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    Jul 2, 2015
    Basque Country
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  12. Odille

    Odille Rookie

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    Jun 16, 2015
    Glenorchy, Tas, Australia
    Odille
    pickets&protons1-DSCF0835.jpg I have the Samyang version, $408 here in Oz. I use it a lot for aurora, and for landscapes

    Proton arc and picket fence formation, night of 7-8 November 2015, off South Arm, Hobart, Tasmania, taken from Goat Bluff X-T1, Samyang 12mm f2, 25 secs, ISO 2000
     
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  13. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    Very cool!
     
  14. battleaxe

    battleaxe Regular

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    Jun 17, 2014
    California
    I'm not sure what I would use a 12mm lens for, but those shots and that price it really has me thinking. Ahhhh
     
  15. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I initially thought I'd use it less. I've found that if you're careful to keep key things like faces and horizon lines on the X and Y axes, the corner distortion is a fun tool to use. It allows you to shoot from the corner of a room and get ALL of the room into frame, since the viewing angle is something like 91 degrees?
     
  16. Begi Nabara

    Begi Nabara Regular

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    Jul 2, 2015
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  17. Stevelink

    Stevelink Rookie

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    Aug 17, 2015
    Texas
    Steve Solomon
    Nice article and images, KillRamsey! I also like and agree with your comment regarding the sharpness of the Rokinon v. Fujinon lenses! I find them to be at LEAST as sharp as anything I've used in the DSLR world, and that's coming from Nikon and Pentax. In fact, I just got the Fujinon 35 f/2 WR lens (a bargain at $400), and it's tack sharp (especially in the center and very nearly to the frame edge) at all apertures from about f/2 to f/11. I'm finding for the very first time in my 15 year digital experience, that sharpening in post is now "optional"!! Thanks, and Happy Holidays to all us photographers!!
     
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  18. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Kyle
    I have to remember, when I use the 70's Minolta lenses, to stop them down if sharpness counts.
     
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    Begi Nabara Regular

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  20. Hazza

    Hazza Rookie

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    Dec 6, 2015
    Harry
    Fuji X-E1 and Samyang 12mm.
    Just got this lens the other day and it has finally stopped raining (until tomorrow). Loving the perspective, and so sharp.

    23902239236_85657d0abd_b.jpg Gate by Harry Cutts, on Flickr
     
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