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I might even upgrade that thought process from "cautiously optimistic" to "optimistic".
I have a number of Samyang (also sold as Rokinon) lenses that I use for night and star trail photography. While they aren't what I would call the best looking lenses, from an external perspective and the robustness might be a tad lacking, the optics are solid and that's what really matters. One of the things that is often looked for, in astro-photography, is comatic aberration (not to be confused with chromatic aberration, though people often blur the distinction (no lens pun intended there) and the Samyang (Rokinon) lenses routinely deliver the least amount of comatic aberration (less is better!) of the collection of lenses being tested. Often times these Samyang (Rokinon) lenses at $300-$400 are beating lenses in the $1,500 - $2,000 price range.
Additionally Samyang (Rokinon) has a very compelling line of video targeted lenses (integrated focus gearing and de-clicked gear driven aperture rings) that perform extremely well and beat their often times, significantly more expensive counterparts.
Would I shoot Samyang (Rokinon) lenses all the time, every day? No, not likely. But I do think they are solid competitors in unique niche shorting areas, where you are not likely to use that style of lens very often and you are worried about that pricey piece of glass sitting on the shelf collecting dust.
Will be interesting to see the offerings when they become available...
As a Sony guy, I'm cautiously optimistic about Samyang's announcement of 2 AF lenses for the Sony FE Mount.
I would like to shoot some live music in club settings, and the lens that was most attractive to me was the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, which of course required a Metabones Adapter, which would both run me about $1700.
I'm hoping that Samyang's new releases will run about $800. If IQ is comparable, I'd happily save (estimated) $900 for a marginally smaller aperture.
Anyone else interested in this release?
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