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Rokinon 135mm F2.0 ED UMC Telephoto Lens for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
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- Full frame compatible with an 18.8 degree angle of view on full frame cameras and a 12.4 angle of view on APS-C cameras
- Rokinon Ultra Multi-Coated (UMC) Optics
- Minimum Focusing Distance of 2.6 ft. with fast apertures of f2.0 - f22
- Features 9 diaphragm blades and includes a removable lens hood
- Includes lens pouch, front and rear lens caps, removable lens hood and 1 year Rokinon warranty
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture Ring on Lens|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Manual Only|
|Item Dimensions||4.7 x 3.2 x 3.2 inches|
|Item Weight||1.8 pounds|
|Lens Design||Fixed Prime|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||_|
|Maximum Aperture Range||f/2.0-f/22|
|Maximum Focal Length||135|
|Minimum Focal Length||135|
|Number of Elements||11|
|Number of Groups||7|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2.3 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Manual Only||Ultrasonic||manual-focus||manual-focus||manual-focus||manual-focus|
|Item Dimensions||3.2 x 3.2 x 4.7 in||3.27 x 4.41 x 3.27 in||3.07 x 2.95 x 3.07 in||2.48 x 4.41 x 2.48 in||3.27 x 3.5 x 3.27 in||2.9 x 4.85 x 2.9 in|
|Item Weight||1.8 lbs||1.65 lbs||1.19 lbs||1.46 lbs||1.29 lbs||1.6 lbs|
|Lens Type||telephoto-prime||Prime lens||Prime lens||zoom||Prime lens||macro|
|Maximum Focal Length||135||135 millimeters||85 millimeters||35 millimeters||16 millimeters||100|
|Minimum Focal Length||135||135 millimeters||85 millimeters||35||16 millimeters||100|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||72 millimeters||72 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||—|
On the heels of the recently introduced Rokinon 12mm Fisheye and 50mm F1.4 lenses, Rokinon expands its already impressive Full Frame Prime Lens lineup with the Rokinon 135mm f2.0 ED UMC Digital Telephoto Lens. This high speed telephoto feature a circular 9-blade diaphragm for superb out-of-focus highlights (Bokeh), a non-rotating filter mount, high performance ED glass elements, UMC anti-reflective Ultra Multi-Coating, close focusing to 2.6 feet and is tightly color matched to the Rokinon lens system. The Rokinon 135mm f2.0 is available in lens mounts for Canon EOS, Nikon (With AE Chip), Sony E, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Fuji X and Samsung NX.
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UPDATE 1 (04 March 2015): After taking more shots with this lens I can still confirm that it is tack sharp. It is not Zeiss APO sharp corner-to-corner but still, you are getting A LOT of bang for the buck. I took shots of stationary birds at f/2.0 using this lens on an A7ii and the feathers of the birds were still clearly visible and sharp after heavy cropping. The colors that this lens renders are good but I won't call them great compared to the more expensive primes by Zeiss (could be the coatings); I find myself always increasing the saturation in Lightroom for more pop. When shooting wide open, I did notice dark vignetting at the corners but that is easily corrected in post processing and it is something that you can find in much more expensive lenses. This does not bother me at all. So far, I did not notice fringing or chromatic aberration which, in comparison, is something you will notice right away if you are using the Sony Zeiss 135mm/1.8 made for the Alpha mount (which sells for three times the price of this lens). Again, I've had the Rokinon 135mm lens for less than 3 weeks but I just wanted to provide a quick update of my experience with it after using it for taking more than 200 shots. Considering the price and the performance, I still think that this lens is worth my five stars rating. If it was selling for double that price I might have just docked one point and gave it 4 out of 5 for the vignetting, colors (kinda!), and lack of weather sealing.
UPDATE 2 (02 January /2016): This is actually my third update but, for some reason, Amazon never published my second one which I tried to post some months ago. Anyways! I am happy to report that after using this lens for more than 1000 shots, I still find it an absolute gem. I am a 135mm fanatic and this lens does not disappoint at all. Wherever I go, I make sure that it is in my camera bag; always picking it over the more versatile and much more expensive 70-200. The quality of the bokeh and subject separation are just incredible and the sharpness wide-open leaves nothing to be desired. After using it extensively, I found that its main weakness is that the contrast drops when you focus on far bright subjects close to infinity (i.e. the sky). For portraits though, I still find this lens to be unbeatable unless if you are willing to pay four times the price to get the Zeiss 135mm APO (as I said above). In the past, many people slammed rokinon/samyang for low quality control, but so far, I had no issues whatsoever with this lens. The focus ring is still buttery smooth and the quality of the photos I get from this lens is consistent. I attached few of the shots I took with this lens, all at f/2.
My initial thoughts were to take advantage of the CMOS sensor which adapts the lens to equivalency of 270mm and use it for birding, but after playing with the lens I have some reservations that I will describe. The lens is built solid out of metal, glass and a tough modern impact-resistant polymer. There's nothing "plasticy" about it. Focusing is achieved manually and is smooth, well-dampered and stiff. Focusing is not achievable by moving a finger across the barrel, but requires considerable effort to rotate (this may improve or loosen up over time). The focusing grip is ribbed rubber. There's a bit of play in the aperture ring, scaled from F2 to F22. I like that the ring is marked MFT to denote camera platform. There is a negligible bit of play in the mount to the EM-5. The lens comes with a pouch and a decent bayonet-style lens hood. The lens weighs in at an ounce or two short of 2 lbs and extends 6-inches from the camera, which leads for cumbersome ergonomics on the EM-5. The front-heavy balance is improved with addition of the handgrip and battery pack. I would imagine ergonomics are also improved on an Oly EM-1. For kicks, I also mounted the lens to an Oly Pen EP-2, which resulted in a ridiculous front-heavy platform. On the EM-5 be sure to adjust image stabilizer for a 135mm lens.
The lens is not chipped for electronic contact with the Oly (the Nikon mount version is). I set preferences to Aperture Piority (Manual setting will also work). The lens has 9 rounded blades that yield nearly round iris which provids gorgeous creamy Bokeh shot wide open. I have not played too much with portrait compositions, but I would expect this lens would deliver. I see very little chromatic abberation. Flairing is prominent (albiet I don't intend to shoot into the sun). The lens is sharp wide open and seems to improve/optimize near 5.6. I have not done any extensive comparisons.
Lens is a bit of an enigma as it defeats the stealth "go light" aesthetic of the u4/3 platform and I don't know why anyone would buy it for a DSLR given the amount of terrific legacy glass available for less than $600.
-Nice build quality comparable to vintage Nikon glass from the 70's or 80's. Reminds me of Cosina Voightlander products.
-Smooth well-dampered manual focusing.
-Capable of very sharp images, especially on 5-axis stablized Olympus platform
-Cost. $550-600. I purchased the Rokinon version.
-Heavy. Almost 2 lbs.
-Some play in lens to camera mount.
-Some play in aperture ring.
-Lens focuses to infinity, but barrel does not extend to marking that denotes infinity.
Here's a shot of 1962 Godzilla. Minor auto-balance tweeks.
Yeah, it's made in Korea.
Yeah, it's pretty cheap price wise.
However, you get a lot of bang for your buck with this lens. It is razor sharp wide open, and is built very well. The large ribbed focus knob is buttery smooth, making focusing easy. Minimum distance is two, maybe two and a half feet. My only complaint (and I am reaching here) is that the hood is pretty cheap, and a pain to use with a filter. But, the price and performance of this lens are both top notch. I have included a few shots, they were all done with Ilford super black and white 400, using a nikon f4 and this lens.
Corner to corner, optical performance is as near flawless wide open as I've ever seen. Coma and astigmatism are non-existent and color correction is perfect within what I can measure - There is absolutely no change to the size of stars when moving between different filters. Vignetting isn't bad at all, though I do understand it is about the only weakness of this lens on a full frame sensor.
Build is very good as well - There aren't any flexure in the focus ring or aperture dial, and the plastic used seems to be of a good quality. The supplied lens hood is decent enough as well. It's certainly no Otus but it feels better than most of the plastic kit lenses I've used.
In short, if autofocus isn't important to you and you like the 135mm focal range, there is little reason to pass this lens up!
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