Samyung, Bower, & Rokinon fish eye differences?

Discussion in 'Native Lenses' started by SkiHound, Nov 5, 2014.

  1. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2012
    Are these lenses completely identical? Any reason to choose one over another?
  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Basically identical. I think one may turn the focus ring the opposite direction, but I'm not sure. Sometimes the prices are different. The names are different. Optically and physically identical though, with the possible exception of an opposite direction focus ring...

  3. Talanis

    Talanis Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Oct 15, 2012
    Sherbrooke, Canada
    Real Name:
    Eric Cote
    They are all made by Samyang but sold under different names.
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  4. EarthQuake

    EarthQuake Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 30, 2013
    Yep, all designed by Samyang and likely manufactured in the same factory (they all say made in Korea on the back, unlikely there are multiple Korean factories pumping out the same lenses). No differences whatsoever between them aside from the logo or text printed on the lens.

    Bower, Rokinon, Vivitar, etc are simply distributors, not lens manufacturers. There are a handful more that sell Samyang lenses, which brands you will find generally varies depending on what country you live in.

    Buy whichever is cheapest.
  5. SkiHound

    SkiHound Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 28, 2012
    That's what I thought, thanks.