This is a short test of the Samyang / Rokinon / Bower 35mm 1.4 US AMC Full Frame & Full Manual lens.
It is a great lens for both photography and video, delivering extremely good image quality.
We tested it on a full frame camera to see all possible weakness of this lens, and get the real wide angle field of view (very nice).
The IQ delivered by this lens is equivalent to the 3x more expensive Canon and Nikon versions (but you loose the AF and communication with the camera, you have to focus and set aperture manually).
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Full Frame camera)
- Lens: the one mentioned above, wide open (f/1.4)
- Camera settings:
Movie mode: 1080p30 (Full HD, 30p)
Shutter speed: 1/60
White Balance: Auto
Picture Style: Standard (3,0,0,0)
- The focus was pulled from 0.65m (leaves at right) to (almost) infinity (car at left) and then back to 0.65m (2.13ft).
- The focus ring is large, very smooth, well damped, very nice to handle and use (much better than Canon AF lenses when shooting video).
- The leaves at right were dark, not well lit at all (their darkness it is not due to lens vignetting)
- It was somewhat windy (you noticed it!)
- Remember that EOS 5D Mark II is a Full Frame camera, not APS-C, so we're getting the 35mm Field of View (35mm film equivalent) from this lens, and also demanding the lens to the maximum it can deliver.
We will post a detailed review of this lens at hdcamteam.com/ in few days.
In the meantime you can check this article: hdcamteam.com/2011/06/28/samyang-rokinon-bower-35mm-f1-4-as-umc-lens/
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