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Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon - Focus Confirmation Chip
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The Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon - Focus Confirmation Chip
Sorry! We are currently sold out! But, be sure to check our Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 for Nikon - No Focus Confirmation Chip listing for stock, too!The Rokinon (AKA Samyang, AKA Bower) 35mm f/1.4 is a manual focus lens with a focus autoconfirm chip built in. It has created a lot of conversation, being a sharp wide-aperture prime lens at an incredibly attractive price point. It uses hybrid aspheric elements (molded aspheric attached to ground glass) to hopefully give the advantages of aspheric elements without the high cost usually associated with such lenses.
It’s quite sharp in the center and the autofocus confirmation chip is reasonably accurate. The focus ring is really quite smooth and accurate. The barrel is plastic, so it’s not going to hold up quite as well, perhaps, as a brand name lens, but it seems quite well made. The edges are a bit soft on a full-frame, and it does have some noticeable barrel distortion, but given what it is, for the price it’s a great bargain.
I don’t really care for it at f/1.4, but I like it very well stopped down to f/2.0. I hate to get nonscientific, but it’s not just that it’s less sharp wide open, it also has a bit of a harsh look. Maybe some astigmatism or spherical aberration that disappears when you stop down a bit. It’s not a 35 f/1.4 replacement, but it’s a very nice lens at an excellent price if you don’t mind manually focusing.
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