Mar 30, 2013 / 2 notes

Samyang 35mm 1.4 Review

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I bought a Samyang 35mm 1.4 lens for my Nikon D7000. This is a manual focused lens that Im going to use for shooting video. In the US I think this lens go under the name Rokinon. The lens also comes in a cinema version which has the same optics but with gears on the focus and aperture ring to use with follow focus rigs etc. The aperture ring is also ”de-clicked” for smooth aperture changes. Markings for focus and aperture is moved to the side of the lens. 

I went with the standard version without the follow focus gears etc. since Im hand holding 90% of the time. 

To test out the lens I went out with my girlfriend and our staffordshire bullterrier puppy and shot some video of them playing in the forrest. With hard sunlight coming from one side and a lot of dark parts in the forrest it was a good place to test it out. 


I like the size and weight of the lens, its good for hand holding and you get a nice grip on it. I used it with a Seagull viewfinder on my D7000 and I think it was quit stable. 

The focus ring is very smooth and has a nice long throw so you can do smooth follow focus ore focus shifts. This is something that I am not used to since I have bin using my Nikkor 50mm 1.8 D which has a short throw, that is nice for fast motions but harder to get smooth shifts. 

I think that the results I got with my D7000 was good and it has a much nicer look then when I use my Nikkor 50mm 1.8 D lens. The bokeh are more creamy then with my Nikkor as well. 

35mm on a dx camera like my D7000 gives a field/angle of view more like a 50mm on a full frame camera. Which is a nice field of view to have. 

This is my new favorite lens for video and I recommend it for people who want to shoot more video with there dslr´s. 

You can watch the test video here:

And here are two test videos with my Nikkor 50mm 1.8 D

Photos of my D7000 & Samyang 35mm lens:





Test photos with the Samyang 35mm, it takes very nice photos if you can handle the manual focus which I find hard for photos on my D7000. 



If I have got any of the information on the cinema version wrong let me know and I will change it! 

And sorry for bad English but I’m from Sweden so its not my first language. 

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