I got this Rokinon lens off a friend who bought it and never used it and decided he wanted to free up the space on his shelf. Since free happens to be my favorite price, I felt that as a good friend, I should be willing to help him out. Primarily, I got it for the purposes of astrophotography, but was bored a week or so ago so I decided to go and put it through its paces during the day and see how it works.
Without beating around the bush and wasting your time, I’ll just get right to the point. This lens is pretty much a toy. It’s not that it has the worst optics in the world, it’s that its pretty much inhumanly possible to focus. I was able to get some ‘ok’ pictures with it, but to be clear, I think that was more me being lucky than anything that could be attributed to focusing skill. I also wouldn’t consider printing them at anything larger than 5×6 due to the lack of sharpness. If you’re thinking about getting a mirrored lens for whatever reason, an important thing to keep in mind is that your bokeh will look like cheerios due to the way the lens operates. You can take note of that in the following pictures. (Full 6000×4000 resolution size on click)
And now for the reason I bought got the lens… to do cool stuff like this: