Has anyone tried any of the Samyang/Rokinon MF lenses adapted?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Jonathan F/2, May 1, 2012.

  1. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
    I'm just wondering if anyone has tried any of the various Samyang/Rokinon lenses such as the 85 1.4, 35 1.4, etc.? I've heard they are pretty good performers for the price. If anyone has adapted any I'd love to see a picture of your setup and samples. Thanks!
  2. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Ctein at TheOnlinePhotographer wrote a review of the 85.

  3. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Here is a review of the 85 here on a M43 camera.


    I got one in a Nikon mount.

    It handles decently on my EPL1. Bought it to use with my Nikon film cameras and DSLRs.

    I suggest getting the Nikon mount for better resale value. The Olympus four thirds mount doesn't really add any value other than saving from buying a Nikon adapter.

    That being said, I don't think I have any sample images from the 85 1.4 on my Olympus. I'll upload a pic of the camera and lens later.
  4. Jonathan F/2

    Jonathan F/2 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 10, 2011
    Los Angeles, USA
  5. winx14

    winx14 Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 1, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    I bought the lens on this forum, but I didn't get to use it outdoors yet. First impressions are great bokeh, feels like it has a good build quality and doesn't feel cheap, a bit heavy.

    I took a couple of quick indoor images:

    I'm pretty sure the lens would be a breeze to use on the E-M5, with the half-press stabilization.
  6. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Lens with Nikon adapter vs the Olympus 40-150.


    Lens on EPL1

  7. f6cvalkyrie

    f6cvalkyrie Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 12, 2010
    Brussels, Belgium
  8. nomilknocry

    nomilknocry New to Mu-43

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  9. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 18, 2011
    Thanks for the great idea!

    Just ordered a Canon mount one of these bad boys for my g/f's birthday and her 5D

    No need to tell her about the EF-M43 mount I got along with it......
  10. starlabs

    starlabs Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Funny... I was just looking into this lens last night!

    For the Nikon version, which mount adapter would be required? I have a Nikon adapter for m43, but it's for the really old Nikkor MF lenses...
  11. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Any Nikon adapter will work. This lens will work with all Nikon cameras as well. There are two versions, one with a metering chip that will let you use the meter in the lower end Nikon cameras and the regular one. Supposedly the metering one has a better coating.
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  12. fredlong

    fredlong Just this guy...

    Apr 18, 2011
    Massachusetts USA
    The Nikon SLR mount has never changed, only the automation coupling, so no worries.

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  13. songs2001

    songs2001 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jul 8, 2011
    Nikon changed their IX series of lenses. You can't mount these without modification to the lens when mounting on a DX camera and can't mount these on 35mm film without damage to the mirror.

    You can however use these lenses on M43 cameras with any F adapter.
  14. mnhoj

    mnhoj There and back again

    Dec 3, 2011
    Los Angeles
    John M
    I hope they m43ize the 85mm and 35mm.

    Like the 8mm > 7.5mm.
  15. jerfo

    jerfo Mu-43 Regular

    May 5, 2011
    I have the Canon EF mount version of the 85mm f1.4. Unlike most other EF mount lenses, this one gives you manual aperture control. I've had it for a couple months and absolutely love it. The build quality of the lens is solid, although it is a bit on the heavy side. On the other hand, the build quality of the hood is mediocre at best.

    I find that it can transform an uninteresting scene into something interesting. Example:

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  16. Ertos

    Ertos New to Mu-43

    Sep 4, 2012