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08-14-2009, 07:14 AM   #1
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Rokinon Quality = :-)

I recently purchased a Rokinon 85 f1.4 and it is a very good lens, especially for the money. Very sharp and well built.

Going on that I bought a Rokinon 800mm f8 Mirror Lens (the black one). Having REAL, REAL bad luck with my Tokina 500mm Mirror I was just hoping this would be at least a fair lens that for special occasions could be used .... well .........

It arrived at my door a few days ago, and although quite large it is fairly light. I quickly put it on my K200D and went outdoors, set camera to manual, set SR to 800mm, ISO to 1200 and fired off a few shots -----to my amazement some were pretty darn sharp and usable if so desired. The reason I said some were usable is that all shots were hand held and focus is very, very critical. Along with the focus is - I shake like a son of a gun, this lens needs to be securely stabilized.

The shots were MUCH, MUCH better than ANYTHING I ever got out of the Tokina.

I'm impressed, later on I'll post a couple of shots so you guys can see.


08-14-2009, 07:29 AM   #2
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Here's a shot taken with my Rokinon 500mm f/6.3 Mirror Lens. A little soft, but it's a crop and I was on a wood deck. Even on a tripod, my personal body motion on the wood deck I think was a contributing factor, as well as it was so hard to see anything in that darkness and the moon was so small in the viewfinder. I figured for $150 it was great to try out a longer focal length. I'm not crazy about it being all manual, but what can I expect for $150.


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