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Old 09-02-2011, 10:48 PM   #1
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Rokinon lenses?

Has anyone had any experience with Rokinon lenses? I know Sigma and Tamron are good third party manufacturers, but I had never heard of Rokinon. They make an 85mm f/1.4 lens for Olympus 4/3 mount, which is an aperture that Olympus doesn't even make a lens with! It's only $270, so I was wondering if anyone had any words of advice/warning?


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The think about the Rokinon lens lineup is that everything is manual and must be controlled from the lens.

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I've heard things about the optics and build quality. I'd say if you're comfortable with manual focusing and manual aperture control then go for it, otherwise you're better off saving up for a Sigma or Tokina.
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Haha you've heard things? Were they good or bad?
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Haha you've heard things? Were they good or bad?
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When I was looking into a UWA lens the Rokinon came up often because it was the cheapest one available. People said it was good, except the full manual thing made me go with the Sigma.
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Yeah, I have to decide if I want to drop $280 on a full manual fixed 85mm or save another hundred bucks and replace my kit lens with an 18-180.
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Yeah, I have to decide if I want to drop $280 on a full manual fixed 85mm or save another hundred bucks and replace my kit lens with an 18-180.
I would recommend against the 18-180. Everything I've read about those "all purpose" lenses suggests that they are mediocre at best. They simply are trying to cram too many different functions into a lens. You'd be better off getting a dedicated zoom and a dedicated WA.
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I was hoping to be able to have an all-around lens, because I don't usually take any additional lenses with me when I go out. I wouldn't wanna be stuck with a 70-300 or 40-150 lens and want to take a wide angle shot, or have something that I want to get closer to, and only have 14-42.
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I was hoping to be able to have an all-around lens, because I don't usually take any additional lenses with me when I go out. I wouldn't wanna be stuck with a 70-300 or 40-150 lens and want to take a wide angle shot, or have something that I want to get closer to, and only have 14-42.
you can get the 18-180 as your "all around" lens, BUT you may sacrifice sharpness, etc. If that doesn't bother you then go for it.

Personally, I would much rather have several "specialized" lenses that each excel in a particular situation vs. one lens that is just mediocre in all situations. Sometimes what I do is pick one lens and just take that out shooting. If I take the 50mm I know I'll have to zoom with my feet, if I take the 10-20mm I know I won't be getting the zoom on anything, etc. It helps you learn to use what you got on ya!
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i have a nice tamron thats 70-300 and shoots amazingly through all zooms, and even acts as a macro when at 180+, wasnt to expensive either...under 300
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I took what you said to heart, D, and decided to get a dedicated telephoto lens. I am getting an Olympus 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6 used for $215. That's a screaming deal, considering that the next least expensive Olympus telephoto lens (50-200mm) is $1,200 new. Can't wait to have some real zoom abilities. Thanks for your input, I'm sure I'll be much happier this way.
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