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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 35mm lens regardless of price!, September 12, 2011
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This review is from: Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 Lens for Canon Cameras (Electronics)
Pros:
+ Great contrast and sharpness throughout the aperture range, as long as you can get your images in focus!
+ Better edge sharpness than any competing lens when used on a full frame (including Canon 35mm L -- Canon 35mm L has slightly better center sharpness wide open.)
+ Great value.
+ Great lens for video.

Cons:
- Manual focus takes practice. Live view works great, but requires some getting used to.
- I would not recommend relying on the distance gauge for focusing. On Samyang/Rokinon lenses, this has been known to be notoriously inaccurate.

When comparing this to other lenses, it is important to consider the focal length being covered here. It is quite remarkable to find a 35mm lens with such a great resolution profile at any price point.

With this lens, part of the price you pay is in the form of convenience. If you are willing to give up the convenience of electronic control of focus, and the diaphragm, and are using this lens for situations during which you can take the time to compose and think through your images, you would be very happy with this lens. If you need something to capture more spontaneous situations, then this is probably going to be a frustrating lens for you.
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Initial post: Sep 28, 2011 8:53:15 PM PDT
I just bought this lens, every time I turn the lens up or down, I heard a "noise" and "movement" in the lens as if something is loose inside the lens. The focus ring is very smooth though, so I'm not sure what's causing this. I wonder is your lens having the same issue?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 30, 2011 11:21:08 PM PDT
I have not noticed anything like this... Sounds like yours might have a defect.

Posted on Apr 3, 2012 2:33:42 PM PDT
MM says:
Hello,

I'm just wondering if I should be concerned that the ROKINON lenses that I just purchased do not have a serial number engraved on them anywhere - I searched high and low with a flashlight, and nada.

Neither the warranty card nor the boxes have serial numbers either. I did notice that the lenses say "made in Korea" and the lens caps say "made in China" - and the boxes say "Elite products" or something along those lines.

Can you please tell me if your lens has a serial number stamped ON it somewhere. I've been shopping at Amazon long enough to know that some sub sellers sell knock-offs, although in this instance it was Amazon doing the shipping for the seller, so I'm hoping they're legit.

Thanks, I'd appreciate it!

Posted on Apr 28, 2013 2:09:56 AM PDT
Lorenzo P says:
Great review man I have come to the same findings as you have!! its just an over all great lens to have!!

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2014 6:12:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2014 6:13:08 PM PDT
SanPa says:
@MM - You will only need a receipt with serial number and a matching serial number on the lens in case warranty services become necessary, or if recovery serves become necessary owing to theft. Otherwise, the serial number service no functional purpose for your lens.
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