Hello guys, and welcome to a new video, now about the affordable ultra wide angle lens Samyang 14mm, also called Rokinon 14mm and Bower 14mm! There is a also a Cine version of this lens with declicked aperture and follow focus gears on the lens itself 🙂
Currently I’m using the Panasonic Gh4 with the Metabone speedbooster, and the Sigma 18-35mm with aperture f1.8. I wanted to use my Speedbooster to get extra light, so therefore I was looking for a full frame lens or a aps-c lens that would fit the speedbooster. I ended up with the Samyang 14mm with aperture f2.8. It costs $320 and is available for both Canon and Nikon cameras. It’s a manual lens, so maybe not the best solution for still photography. For video however, it’s a great lens.
After some tests, I have concluded these pros and cons:
Pros: The lens is sharp even with a wide open aperture. It’s fast (Aperture F2.8) and even faster with the speedbooster (Aperture f2.0). It feels robust, and the focus ring works smoothly. The price is affordable.
Cons: No autofocus, no image stabilization and the aperture has to be controlled from the lens only. You need to turn the focus ring several times to focus from infinity to macro.
My video about Panasonic GH4, speedbooster and the Sigma 18-35mm lens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPDbzBsNg7Y&list=PL141AD00570FE779C&index=4
My video about the Kamerar SD-1 slider: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCy9W8HUh-A&list=PL141AD00570FE779C&index=7
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