Discussion in 'Lens Matters' started by William Parker, Mar 13, 2018.
Has anyone got or used one of these Chinese lenses?
I couldn't find any serious reviews (but I didn't look very hard). I think I read a comment last year somewhere that the outsourcing to China for optics had led to a production capacity for reasonable quality glass at lowish prices and this was opening opportunities. I forget the name but there is one maker of lenses that has had quite good reviews and they are sold globally under a hat full of different names.
I had to look at the AP review category to recall - Samyang it was that I was thinking about. They also trade as Rokinon
Samyang lenses are actually Korean (South!). They actually make some rather good lenses.
Indeed they do. I have the 14mm rectilinear for full frame and the 7.5mm curvy for M43. I'm well pleased with them though they're lenses for which I seldom find the right subjects. Still here's a 14mm shot of a small town centre in the Alps...
There are a few reviews on YouTube the general opinion being they perform well once stopped down slightly , that's referring to the 50mm F 1.1 and there is barrel distortion when fully open to but I got the impression considering the price they were not bad at all. As far as I am aware the reviews were not by professional optical experts but never the less quite well done.
The problem with experts is that they are usually testing in a lab, not real world conditions. What ultimately actually matters is how satisfied the user of an item is.
I quite agree, I only made that comment just to sort of balance things out a bit and didn't want to give the wrong impression. The reviewers seemed to know what they were talking about and interestingly the two reviews I watched came to similar conclusions. Added to that they uploaded examples of the images taken. Once stopped down a tad they performed well and gave an unusual Bokeh. I quite fancy one for my M3 .
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