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Rokinon AF 35mm f/2.8 FE Lens for Sony E $259 @ B&H Photo w/ Free Shipping

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E-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
Aperture Range: f/2.8 to f/22
Two Aspherical Elements, One HR Element
Ultra Multi-Coating
Autofocus with Manual Focus Override
Seven-Blade Diaphragm
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Adorama is selling the Samyang version for $265 on Rakuten [rakuten.com].
There's a sitewide 15% off coupon (save15, expires at 12pm PT) which takes $40 off = $225 total.
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Be advised there's no weather sealing in the Rokinon. Probably none in the Samyang either. Otherwise good reviews.
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I bought this on the last adorama deal. Not a bad lens for the price and definitely cant expect more than 225. I will say that the autofocus is loud and slow and I dont think the edges are are sharp as the center. May buy the announced but not released Sigma 1.4 35 mm art lens. I am not comparing them by any means since it is 4x as much but am not too happy with the sharpness of this lens paired with my A7RII
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I bought this on the last adorama deal. Not a bad lens for the price and definitely cant expect more than 225. I will say that the autofocus is loud and slow and I dont think the edges are are sharp as the center. May buy the announced but not released Sigma 1.4 35 mm art lens. I am not comparing them by any means since it is 4x as much but am not too happy with the sharpness of this lens paired with my A7RII
I would suggest to not pixel peep on a lens at 1:1, especially one that's this cheap; you'll be much happier for it in the end.
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I bought this on the last adorama deal. Not a bad lens for the price and definitely cant expect more than 225. I will say that the autofocus is loud and slow and I dont think the edges are are sharp as the center. May buy the announced but not released Sigma 1.4 35 mm art lens. I am not comparing them by any means since it is 4x as much but am not too happy with the sharpness of this lens paired with my A7RII
I nabbed the 14mm f/2.8 over Christmas. Same experience on my Canon 7D MkII. Not bad, but not crystal clear either. Ended up with the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. Totally different prices, totally different target markets. But also much better quality, both in physical build and images.

With lenses, you nearly always get what you pay for. And I've discovered this as I'm gradually upgrading my kit. Going from the Canon 55-250mm IS II to a Canon 100-400mm L II made such a huge difference in image quality. Then I got the Sigma Art. And now I finally got a 24-70mm f/2.8L (version 1).

It's not all about image quality. But if you have a nice shot, the colors look better. The contrast is better. Less lens flare with better coatings. Etc, etc... Good glass enhances images. Not everyone can justify the expense. It just depends on what's "good enough" TO YOU. And everyone's threshold is different.

Cheap lenses are good for getting started or documenting family trips. But if you're serious about your photography, invest in good glass. You won't regret it. If you just dropped $2k in a camera body, why would you not put good glass on it and take advantage of that awesome camera?
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I would suggest to not pixel peep on a lens at 1:1, especially one that's this cheap; you'll be much happier for it in the end.
I am happy with this lens. I have the samyang branded lens and it is fantastically compact on my a7ii.

This lens weighs 85 grams.

The pictures are good enough that I can crop in as needed. I find it to be just as sharp as my Sony FE 50mm 1.8 but the AF on the Samyang is faster. I do miss the extra bokeh with 1.8, but for capturing indoors with the high ISO performance of A7 cameras, it has been fast enough. For documenting every day life, and taking pictures of my toddler, the lens has been perfect. It is small and light enough, that even people who are not familiar with photography can grab this camera set on auto and snap some great pictures.

With this lense, my a7ii isnt that much bigger than the rx1, with better ergonomics. I can stick the camera with this lens in my jacket pocket.

If you are looking for amazing picture quality at 35mm, there are other, more expensive options. If you are looking for portability and sharp enough images, this is a great lens.

I have not had the best results using this lens with video, but I have not spent much time taking video. It does not seem to "breathe" as much as the Sony 50mm 1.8.

At this price, it really is a great value, and a very versatile lens for capturing every day moments that would otherwise be shot with a cellphone.
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I am happy with this lens. I have the samyang branded lens and it is fantastically compact on my a7ii.

This lens weighs 85 grams.

The pictures are good enough that I can crop in as needed. I find it to be just as sharp as my Sony FE 50mm 1.8 but the AF on the Samyang is faster. I do miss the extra bokeh with 1.8, but for capturing indoors with the high ISO performance of A7 cameras, it has been fast enough. For documenting every day life, and taking pictures of my toddler, the lens has been perfect. It is small and light enough, that even people who are not familiar with photography can grab this camera set on auto and snap some great pictures.

With this lense, my a7ii isnt that much bigger than the rx1, with better ergonomics. I can stick the camera with this lens in my jacket pocket.

If you are looking for amazing picture quality at 35mm, there are other, more expensive options. If you are looking for portability and sharp enough images, this is a great lens.

I have not had the best results using this lens with video, but I have not spent much time taking video. It does not seem to "breathe" as much as the Sony 50mm 1.8.

At this price, it really is a great value, and a very versatile lens for capturing every day moments that would otherwise be shot with a cellphone.
I don't doubt that it's a good lens, I often think of selling my Sony 35/2,8 and getting this lens. I often can fit in in a large jacket pocket with my A7R2 and its portability is really a phenomenal selling point.

My previous comment is more about tempering ones expectations, as even those will find issue with Zeiss and L glass if they stare hard enough at 1:1 or unrealistic magnifications, equaling a massive print that may never be realized.
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