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Rokinon 16M-S 16mm f/2.0 Aspherical Wide Angle Fixed Lens for Sony Alpha Cameras
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|Compatible Mountings||Sony Alpha|
|Max Focal Length||16 Millimeters|
|Min Focal Length||16 Millimeters|
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- Ultra wide angle 16mm lens
- Focal Length :16mm, Minimum Focusing Distance : 7.9 inches (0.2m)
- Large f/2.0 aperture for low light photography and night street shooting
- Designed for cameras with cropped APS-C image sensors, Includes Removable lens hood and takes 77mm filters
- Available for Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Pentax, Micro 4/3, Sony E-Mount, Canon M, Fuji X, and Samsung NX
- Lens not Zoomable
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The NEW Rokinon 16mm Ultra Wide Angle F/2.0 Aspherical Lens is Rokinons newest addition to its assortment of high quality, affordable, prime lenses. The new 16mm lens is designed for cameras with APS-C crop frame sensors. Its build and construction are superb! The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 11 groups and features 2 aspherical lens elements. All of these lens elements combine to minimize distortion and chromatic aberrations. The lens also features a removable hood and takes a 77mm filter. Your pictures are sure to come out razor sharp and clear, even at the corners! The Rokinon 16mm lens features a remarkable 83.1-Degree angle of view on APS-C cameras and 67.6-Degree on 4/3 cameras. The lens is available for the following mounts: Canon EOS, Nikon, Sony Alpha, Pentax, Canon M, Sony E-Mount, Micro 4/3, Fuji X and Samsung NX. The Nikon mount features a built-in AE chip for auto aperture, exposure and metering with your camera.
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I had also heard this lens was sharp, but I guess I didn't realize what that meant (I'm a newbie, my bad). This lens is SHARP. I love it. If it broke tomorrow, I'd buy a new one right away. It's definitely not one of those, "I like it, but I wish I would have gotten the [insert something else here] instead" purchases.
For the money, this is a fantastic purchase. Don't let the lack of auto-focus scare you away.
-This is the fastest lens at this focal length, which makes it one of the best for ASP-C sensor cameras. I considered the 24mm f/1.4, but with reviews saying to step it down to 1.8 I opted for the wider angle.
-The focus is effortless and gives a lot of control through the range. This was perfect for focusing sharply in the middle of the night.
-Aspherical Elements - this camera was built to have great focus all the way to the edge of your photos.
-The construction is solid, but mostly plastic. Cost savings are a plus but it doesn't have the same heft.
-As wide as this lens is, I'd love wider. Rokinon/Samyang doesn't have a fisheye for APS-C fast enough for astro yet, but when it does I'll be on the wait list to buy.
(Astro photos taken at 18 seconds f/2.0)
Few lenses can pull off the combination of a high level of sharpness wide open and low distortion, aberrations, and coma. This lens is sharper at f/2 than most of the lenses you own, though vignetting is pretty bad, covering a good portion of the frame. Stopped down the sharpness is incredible and vignetting disappears. Stopping down also improves contrast, which is common, though it is still quite acceptable with this lens. It even has an extremely close focusing capability, allowing you to get just inches from the subject for a wide field of view and a smooth, out of focus background even at 16mm.
The lens is made of metal and has a very smooth focus ring with a big rubber coating. It requires quite a long throw allowing very fine tuning of focus. It is very enjoyable to use. The front and rear lens caps are both flimsy and can come off easily. I'd recommend replacing them if you can. The lens hood is good, though does not lock into place quite as firmly as my other lenses. The final reason I cannot give 5 stars is an issue I have when installing the lens. When turning it into place it seems to grind against my camera's lens mount and isn't smooth like my other lenses. So far it hasn't caused any problems or noticeable damage but it isn't the most pleasing feeling when handling expensive equipment.
I simply cannot believe this lens exists on the market for the asking price. If Canon or Nikon had made this lens it would likely cost two to three times more.
I own this lens in Nikon mount, with the chip that allows the camera to control the exposure and aperture like a G series lens. As long as you keep the aperture ring set to f/22 you won't have any problems.
So who is this lens for? Landscape and astrophotographers will love this lens on APS-C, giving a roughly 24mm equivalent field of view with the ability to get sharp pictures from f/2 to f/11. Like most lenses today, f/16 will show the effects of diffraction but images are still good. I would not go beyond f/16 and if you need more depth of field I would consider focus stacking. Manual focus is not an issue for this line of work, and a hyperfocal distance scale is printed on the lens. If you are more of a landscape shooter the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8 II may be better for you, but if you ever plan to get into stars then go with the Samyang 16mm f/2. Both lenses offer similar IQ stopped down but the Samyang is sharper to the corners, especially wide open, and offers lower coma and will even save you a good amount of money.
This lens, along with Samyang's other manual focus primes, are great for video work with their smooth manual focus. They also sell a cinema version of most of their lenses which offer smooth aperture changes. However if you don't need 16mm, Sigma's 18-35 f/1.8 will be more versatile and offering similar IQ, though it costs twice as much.
I bought this to be able to capture great landscapes and nightscapes while staying with a light, inexpensive Nikon DX setup that I can hike with (as opposed to going full-frame). With my Nikon D7100 and this lens at f/2-2.8 I can get great exposures of the night sky in under 30 seconds at ISO 1600-3200. I chose it over Samyang's 14mm f/2.8 due to the larger aperture, sharper performance and a not-so-protruding lens element (can use filters!). Lenses like this and the Sigma 18-35 give DX a lot of hope. Though it is a specialized lens, it is highly recommended.